Presentation Title

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Community Watershed Stewardship Program

Presenter(s) Information

Baroness C. Castra NemiciFollow

Start Date

February 2018

End Date

February 2018

Abstract

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is a 22-year partnership between the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and Portland State University. The program engages Portlanders in enhancing the health of our watersheds while promoting public awareness of our connection to these natural systems. It offers funding for community projects that enhance watershed health, help with project planning, and assist in connecting community groups with resources for their projects. Through the administration of two grant programs, CWSP has enabled Portlanders to engage in the stewardship of their watersheds and ecosystems. Through CWSP programs, the city has awarded $1,446,094 in CWSP Stewardship Grants (total amount awarded as of the 2016-2017 grant cycle), funding which has been invested in a total of 275 community driven projects (number of projects as of the 2016-2017 grant cycle). Portlanders are heavily invested in the success of CWSP, demonstrated by the community’s generous contribution of a total of $3,964,774 (community matching funds total as of 2014-2015 grant cycle) and 225,811.5 volunteer hours (total number of volunteer hours as of 2014-2015 grant cycle) to CWSP projects. In 2010, opportunities for improvement emerged when CWSP instituted equity scoring and assessment. CWSP responded by making changes to outreach efforts and application formats. Additionally, CWSP identified eight promising practices to improve equity. As a result, there has been a positive trend in the CWSP equity score since the analysis began.

Presentation Option

Yes

Subjects

Economics, Environmental policy, Environmental social sciences, Habitat restoration, Land/watershed management, Sustainable development, Water quality

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City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Community Watershed Stewardship Program

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is a 22-year partnership between the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and Portland State University. The program engages Portlanders in enhancing the health of our watersheds while promoting public awareness of our connection to these natural systems. It offers funding for community projects that enhance watershed health, help with project planning, and assist in connecting community groups with resources for their projects. Through the administration of two grant programs, CWSP has enabled Portlanders to engage in the stewardship of their watersheds and ecosystems. Through CWSP programs, the city has awarded $1,446,094 in CWSP Stewardship Grants (total amount awarded as of the 2016-2017 grant cycle), funding which has been invested in a total of 275 community driven projects (number of projects as of the 2016-2017 grant cycle). Portlanders are heavily invested in the success of CWSP, demonstrated by the community’s generous contribution of a total of $3,964,774 (community matching funds total as of 2014-2015 grant cycle) and 225,811.5 volunteer hours (total number of volunteer hours as of 2014-2015 grant cycle) to CWSP projects. In 2010, opportunities for improvement emerged when CWSP instituted equity scoring and assessment. CWSP responded by making changes to outreach efforts and application formats. Additionally, CWSP identified eight promising practices to improve equity. As a result, there has been a positive trend in the CWSP equity score since the analysis began.