(1) In addition to the duties set forth in ORS 541.370, in carrying out the provisions of ORS 541.351 to 541.415, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board:
(a) Shall establish a framework for a locally based integrated watershed planning and management process designed to assist watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts and to support the efforts of watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts to work within the requirements of state and federal laws without duplication of planning effort. The framework shall include all of the following:
(A) Guidance and protocols for watershed assessments to encourage consistent assessment methods across all watersheds and agencies, including assessment of cumulative effects. At a minimum, such guidance shall address the following plan components:
(i) A description of the watershed;
(ii) An assessment of current watershed conditions and the distribution and condition of habitat; and
(iii) Identification of conditions preventing watershed restoration.
(B) Guidance on how to prepare watershed action plans. At a minimum, such guidance shall address the following plan components:
(i) Applicable water quality standards and native salmonid and habitat recovery objectives;
(ii) Proposed measures needed to restore watershed health;
(iii) Timeline and budget estimates for implementation of action measures in priority order; and
(iv) Monitoring and evaluation systems.
(b) May review plans, actions and rules of state agencies pertaining to restoration and protection grants for the purpose of coordinating the board’s grant program with other ongoing grant programs.
(c) Shall establish statewide and regional goals and priorities that shall become the basis for funding decisions by the board. In adopting such goals and priorities, the board shall adopt priorities for grant funding based on the Oregon Plan and on measurable goals. In carrying out this function, the board shall consider local economic and social impacts among the criteria.
(d) Shall support development and implementation of a system that enables standardized collection, management and reporting of natural resources information in Oregon, including water data, geographic information system data and information on native fish and wildlife and habitat.
(e) Shall promote the availability of information on the effects of watershed enhancement.
(f) May not have regulatory or enforcement authority except for the fiscal responsibilities described in ORS 541.351 to 541.415.
(2) In addition to the uses of grant funds described in ORS 541.399, in allocating grant funds under ORS 541.351 to 541.415 that are derived from the Restoration and Protection Subaccount, the board:
(a) May allocate funds to be used for staff for soil and water conservation districts and watershed councils.
(b) May award funds for a specific project or program application or for implementation of an approved action plan.
(3) To the maximum extent practicable, soil and water conservation districts and watershed councils shall share technical staff. [1999 c.1026 §12]Section: Previous 541.355 541.360 541.362 541.363 541.365 541.368 541.370 541.371 541.372 541.373 541.375 541.376 541.377 541.378 541.379 Next
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