Public Works Department
555 Liberty St. SE
Room 325
Salem, OR 97301



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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Apply for a Watershed Protection and Preservation Grant

Did you know that all Salem residents are eligible to receive grant funding to assist with local projects that protect or improve the health of our watersheds?

A watershed is an area of land that is drained by a river and its tributaries made up of a unique mixture of habitats that influence each other. These habitats include wetlands, forests, creeks, rivers and lakes, farms, and even cities or towns.

Examples of Acceptable Grant Proposals

  • Streamside and riparian restoration, including the use of tree plantings and bioengineering techniques for erosion control
  • Environmental education programs
  • Removal of a fish barrier
  • Removal or replacement (with native vegetation) of noxious vegetation in riparian areas
  • Preservation of watersheds by restoring and/or preserving upland green space and native vegetation
  • Inventories and assessment of natural areas, including noxious weed identification
  • Design, construct, or improvement of stormwater management facilities (e.g., bioswale, eco-roof, or pervious pavement) that serves more than a single residential property
  • Creation of conservation easements or purchase of environmentally sensitive land
  • Match for other grants on eligible projects

How to Apply for a Grant

  1. Read the Watershed Protection Program Information and Application Instructions.
  2. Complete the Watershed Grant Application by typing, or clearly writing, the information requested.
  3. Complete and attach all required documents listed in the application form.
  4. Submit application in person or by mail to the City of Salem Public Works Department.

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