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The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitats in the places where they live. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars and salmon license plate revenue. The agency, which was created in 1999, is led by a 17-member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions. Headquartered in Salem, OWEB has 32 employees, six of which are regional field representatives located in offices around the state.

OWEB’s mission is to help protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies. As part of its grant-making functions, the agency aims to restore and sustain resilient ecosystems through program and project investments that enhance watershed and ecosystem functions and support community needs; support an enduring, high-capacity local infrastructure for conducting watershed and habitat restoration and conservation; provide information to help Oregonians understand the need for and engage in activities that support healthy watersheds; build and maintain strong partnerships with local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners for watershed and habitat restoration and conservation; and ensure efficient and accountable administration of all investments.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 360, Salem 97301-1290
Telephone: 503-986-0178
Fax: 503-986-0199
General Email:
Contact: Meta Loftsgaarden, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Eric Hartstein
Records Officer Email: Renee Davis-Born
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 541
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog