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About the Partnership

Geos Institute DWWP Initiative Guide

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, The Freshwater Trust, 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. The Partnership has funded 73 projects since its inception.

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.

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.

Annual Solicitation Information:

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  • “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

  • “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

    84 Fourth St. Ashland OR 97520
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