The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is accepting proposals through January 29, 2019 for projects that address environmental conservation and restoration projects in municipal watersheds.

The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is accepting proposals through January 29, 2019 for projects that address environmental conservation and restoration projects in municipal watersheds.  Drinking water providers and watershed restoration practitioners can apply for up to $50,000 to complete work that benefits native fish habitat as well as address a known water quality or supply concern for public drinking water system.  The Partnership is a collaboration between USFS, BLM, EPA, DEQ, Washington DOH, Geos Institute, and WildEarth Guardians. Projects must occur within a drinking water source area and have a nexus with USFS or BLM lands (but the work does not have to occur on those Federal Lands). For more information about eligibility and how to apply, read the full Request for Proposals at https://workingwatersgeos.org/our-work/drinking-water-providers-partnership.

Please reach out to conservation partners in your area (watershed councils, SWCD’s, Tribes, local governments, landowners, etc.) and encourage them to consider applying.  Cathy Kellon with the Geos Institute has recently accepted a new job and will not be with Geos much longer – this leaves a big gap in the outreach to local partners and we want to make sure eligible projects move forward!

Just a heads up that the Drinking Water Source Protection Fund will also start accepting Letters of Interest in January 2019.  This is the fund where Public Water Systems can apply for low interest loans of up to $100,000 or grant funds of up to $30,000 (per water system per year) to implement protection strategies in their source areas. I’ll forward and announcement when the application cycle opens but if folks are interested here is last year’s information – it should be similar moving forward:

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HealthyEnvironments/DrinkingWater/SRF/Pages/spf.aspx

Please feel free to contact me, Jacquie Fern or Josh Seeds if you have any questions about either of these opportunities!

Julie Harvey

Program Coordinator

Drinking Water Protection/Water Quality Division

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

700 Multnomah St. Suite #600, Portland, OR 97232

503-229-5664 or 1-800-452-4011 ( in OR)