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.
The 2022 call for proposals is CLOSED.
If you have questions, please contact a member of the Partnership
Download a map of projects funded from 2016-2020
Download the reporting template
The Finn Rock Project on the McKenzie River, funded by the Drinking Water Providers Partnership. Photo by J. Capurso, USFS. Used with permission.
We ran our first solicitation in 2015 and made our first awards in 2016.
The members of the DWPP look forward to working with you to foster working partnerships between water providers and restoration practitioners throughout Oregon and Washington. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the following individuals with questions:
“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