Drinking Water Providers Partnership
The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is a collaboration of the Geos Institute, USDA Forest Service Region 6, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Washington Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management OR/WA Office, and WildEarth Guardians.
Together, we coordinate an annual, competitive grant solicitation and award program for environmental conservation and restoration projects in municipal watersheds across the Northwest.
“One of the USDA Forest Service’s primary missions is to help ensure the abundant clean water critical to individuals and industries across the U.S. through our work in sustaining national forests and grasslands. The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is an example of how we, in partnership with others, fulfill this purpose. By pairing Forest Service watershed restoration experts with drinking water providers, we can protect and restore municipal watersheds across on National Forest and other lands.”
– Jim Pena, Regional Forester
The Partners share a common vision that watershed restoration is an important and effective way to provide clean, inexpensive drinking water to communities and protect native fish populations, particularly when downstream and upstream users work together.
“Starting with the highest quality source water possible is the best assurance that treated drinking water will reliably and continually meet public health standards.”
Dave Leland, former Manager of Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Services
Our goals are to:
- Restore and protect the health of watersheds which communities depend upon for drinking water while also benefiting aquatic and riparian ecosystems, including the native fish that inhabit them.
- Support local partnerships between drinking water providers, landowners, and restoration practitioners.
We ran our first solicitation in 2015 and made our first awards in 2016. You can learn more via the following materials:
Current solicitation materials:
Solicitation closed January 2017. Next solicitation anticipated in November 2017 for 2018 projects. Sign up for the Working Waters Newsletter to be alerted of the next RFP.
Past solicitation materials:
2017 Request for Proposals2017 Request for Proposals (closed January 2017)
Application for 2017 Funding (closed January 2017)
2016 Request for Proposals (closed December 2015)
Application for 2016 Funding (closed December 2015)