Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board launches public process on climate considerations

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The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is gathering feedback on how to implement its Climate Resolution, board resolution 2022-01. The resolution commits OWEB to add climate change considerations into funding and policy decisions. 

 To gather feedback, OWEB is launching a public engagement process. OWEB will ask participants about the challenges and opportunities associated with including climate criteria in grant offerings.

 OWEB plans to use the feedback in a future rulemaking process to add climate-focused criteria to grant applications and evaluations. Rulemaking is tentatively slated to begin in September 2022.

 There are multiple opportunities for the public to provide input, including:

 Attend a public listening session. Listening sessions will be approximately two hours long and will include introductory presentations followed by discussion with attendees. Dates and times for the sessions are listed below. To register for a listening session, click on the date below.






Session 1


April 14

2 – 4 pm

Session 2


April 20

11 am – 1 pm

Session 3


May 3

6 – 8 pm

Session 4


May 11

5 – 7 pm

Session 5


May 17

1 – 3 pm

Session 6


May 19

9 – 11 am


  • Fill out a survey. For those unable to attend a listening session, or to share feedback anonymously, take this survey, which covers the same content as the listening sessions. The survey will be open until Friday, May 27, 2022.



For questions about the public engagement process and listening sessions, contact Eric Hartstein at eric.hartstein@oweb.oregon.gov or Jessi Kershner at jessi.kershner@oweb.oregon.gov.