Drinking Water Providers Partnership: Request for Proposals
We are happy to announce that the Drinking Water Providers Partnership (DWPP) is now inviting project proposals for 2016. The DWPP is a new collaboration of Geos Institute, USDA Forest Service, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and WildEarth Guardians.
- 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.
Together, we are pleased to present this watershed restoration funding opportunity for drinking water providers and watershed restoration practitioners in Oregon and Washington.
The participants in the DWPP share a common vision that watershed restoration is an important and effective way to provide clean, inexpensive drinking water to communities and protect and restore native fish populations and habitat. Over the last two years, the partners have been gauging interest among water providers to partner with watershed restoration practitioners in activities that will enhance or protect water quality and the upstream watershed. There was unanimous support among water providers, but drinking water providers and local restoration partners requested assistance, specifically requesting a regional funding source for on-the-ground activities that protect and restore water sources. This RFP responds to that request through the creation of an interagency partnership to coordinate funding for those activities.
Application deadline is December 21, 2015. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please see the full Request for Proposals.