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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Funding community watershed health projects - June 5, 2014

City Council has approved $95,000 in grants for 13 community watershed health projects in Portland.

 

Since 1995, the Community Watershed Stewardship Program has provided over $867,000 in grants to local organizations.  These grants support innovative projects that improve watershed health and protect water quality. 

 

For the average residential sewer ratepayer, the grants represent an investment of about 24 cents a year, and every grant dollar invested leverages three dollars in volunteer time and similar contributions. 

 

More than 40,000 volunteers have worked on projects funded by stewardship grants – helping enhance and restore Portland’s beautiful natural areas.

 

Some of this year’s projects include educational programs, rain gardens, cleanups, and local restoration.

 

Community groups can apply annually for grants up to $10,000.  For more information, visit BES’ website