County accepting grant proposals up to $30,000 for watershed improvement


The application period for the 2017 RiverHealth Stewardship Program grants, administered by Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES), is now open. Grants of up to $30,000 are available to groups who seek to improve the health of watersheds located within the surface water areas served by WES.

Citizen groups, businesses, schools, nonprofits, student groups, faith organizations, neighborhood or business associations, and service groups within the Portland metropolitan area are welcome to apply.

The application deadline is April 27.

Eligible projects must improve an area located within the WES service area. To determine whether an area is eligible, visit the county’s CMap application function, then provide an address. On the specific property page that follows, scroll down to “Utilities & Districts” and find the “Sewer District” heading. If the listed sewer district is “Ccsd1,” the property is eligible for a grant. Properties that flow into district watersheds are also eligible.

Preferred proposals will improve watershed health, be visible to the general public, show a clear community benefit, and include one or more of the following project types:

  • Rainwater infiltration: Achieved through the installation of rain gardens, stormwater planters, pervious paving, or eco-roofs.
  • Streamside restoration: Performed through planting native vegetation, stewardship of restoration sites in riparian areas, or removing invasive plants.
  • Pavement removal: Achieved through the replacement of pavement with permeable surfaces that restores natural hydrology and reduces stormwater runoff.

Program information and application materials are available on the WES webpage.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Water Environment Services Environmental Policy Specialist Gail Shaloum at 503-742-4597.