2017 ORS 541.926¹
Duties of board
  • grant program
  • advisory committees

(1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall conduct a watershed enhancement program to benefit all users of the waters of this state. The board shall conduct the program in a manner that provides the greatest possible opportunity for volunteer participation to achieve the goals of the program. In carrying out the watershed enhancement program, the board shall:

(a) Coordinate the board’s funding of enhancement projects with the activities of the Natural Resources Division staff and other agencies, especially those agencies working together through a system of coordinated resource management planning.

(b) Use the expertise of the appropriate state agency according to the type of enhancement project.

(c) Provide educational and informational materials to promote public awareness and involvement in the watershed enhancement program.

(d) Coordinate and provide for or arrange for assistance in the activities of persons, agencies or political subdivisions developing local watershed enhancement projects funded by the board.

(e) Grant funds for the support of watershed councils in assessing watershed conditions, developing action plans, implementing projects and monitoring results and for the implementation of watershed enhancement projects from such moneys as may be available to the board for that purpose.

(f) Develop and maintain a centralized repository for information about the effects of watershed enhancement projects.

(g) Give priority to proposed watershed enhancement projects receiving funding or assistance from other sources.

(h) Identify, and provide funding or support for filling, gaps in information about watershed health and enhancement.

(i) Cooperate with appropriate federal entities to identify the needs and interests of the State of Oregon so that federal plans and project schedules relating to watershed enhancement incorporate the state’s intent to the fullest extent practicable.

(j) Encourage the use of nonstructural methods to enhance the riparian areas and associated uplands of Oregon’s watersheds.

(k) Determine criteria for utilizing the private sector, both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, to provide landowners with technical assistance to help develop and implement conservation easements and resource improvement projects.

(2) In accordance with ORS 541.890 (Definitions for ORS 541.890 to 541.969) to 541.969 (Report to Legislative Assembly by state agencies receiving subaccount moneys), the board shall administer a watershed conservation grant program using funds from the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund established under ORS 541.947 (Watershed Conservation Grant Fund), from the Natural Resources Subaccount established under ORS 541.942 (Natural Resources Subaccount) and from the Flexible Incentives Account established under ORS 541.937 (Flexible Incentives Account).

(3) To aid and advise the board in the performance of the functions of the board, the board may establish such advisory and technical committees as the board considers necessary. These committees may be continuing or temporary. The board shall determine the representation, membership, terms and organization of the committees and shall appoint their members. The chairperson is ex officio a member of each committee. [Formerly 541.370; 2017 c.14 §5]

Note: See note under 541.890 (Definitions for ORS 541.890 to 541.969).

(formerly 541.370)

Law Review Cita­tions

26 EL 175 (1996)

(formerly 541.351 to 541.395)

Law Review Cita­tions

26 EL 175 (1996)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 541—Water Distributors; Water Releases; Conservation and Storage; Water Development Projects; Watershed Management and Enhancement, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors541.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 541, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano541.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.