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Habitat Enhancement Program
About the Habitat Enhancement Program
The Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP) fosters partnerships between qualified organizations and private land owners to improve the water quality of our stream and educate citizens about our watersheds. Watershed Councils may apply for grants that meet the following criteria.
The application deadline is typically in June. When the application period is open for the 2019-20 cycle, it will be stated here.
Grant Criteria for the Cycle
- Improvement of riparian habitat and/or upland areas adjacent to riparian habitats that:
- Increase short-term shade
- Promote long-term shade via control of invasive plants and riparian revegetation that furthers forest successional processes.
- Improves instream conditions in a manner that increases channel stability, mitigates impacts of urban runoff, and/or increases effective baseflow.
- Expansion or enhancement of wildlife corridors, open space, or sensitive lands (as designated by the City on LO Maps).
- Support of the City’s TMDL Implementation Plan, MS4 Permit requirements, or Parks and Recreation Master Plans
- Supports endangered species habitat or removes invasive species (plant or animal).
- Provides long-term maintenance and protection.
- Includes opportunities for community involvement and education.
- Leverages funds with other grants wherever possible (e.g., available through the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Metro, or other non-profits).
- Provides safe for working conditions.