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

From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4631

Media and Interested Parties: Tri-County Joint Press Release

The application period for the 2016 RiverHealth Stewardship Program grants, administered by Clackamas County Water Environment Services, is now open. Grants of up to $30,000 are available to groups who seek to improve the health of watersheds located within Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD No. 1).

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. 

Eligible projects must improve an area located within CCSD No. 1. To determine whether an area is eligible, visit the Clackamas County Online Mapping Function, then provide the address and click "Find Map." On the specific property page that follows, scroll down to "Sewer District" under "Service Information." Only if the listed sewer district is "CCSD1" is the area eligible for a grant. 

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.
  • Environmental restoration: Performed through planting native vegetation, maintaining 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

Thorough program information is available online, including the program guide and applicationcover sheet for application, and budget form

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