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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has over 11 billion dollars to invest in creating healthy natural areas that support our wildlife, recreation, and economy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for conservation and communities in Oregon.

Video update by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife featuring Gov. Kate Brown provides background information on the long-standing project to rehabilitate the Wallowa Lake dam. View on YouTube.

ODFW IIJA Focal Areas

ODFW is focusing efforts in a few key places where additional funding is needed to get us over the finish line, achieving great outcomes for fish and wildlife and for Oregon’s communities. The six focal themes/areas include:

  • Wallowa River Fish Passage and Flow Restoration: The goals of this effort are to provide upstream and downstream passage for migratory fish species in the Wallowa River system, including Wallowa Lake, and upgrade irrigation infrastructure as needed to accomplish instream flow benefits in the Wallowa River and tributaries. Click on this link for more details on ODFWs IIJA efforts in the Wallowa. ODFW Contact: Jeff Yanke (Jeff.YANKE@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Klamath Basin Restoration: ODFW has identified habitat restoration and enhancement, fish screening and passage, and re-establishment of native anadromous fish runs as the primary areas of emphasis for IIJA opportunities in the Klamath Basin. Click on this link for more details on ODFWs IIJA efforts in the Klamath. ODFW Contact: Philip Milburn (Philip.J.MILBURN@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Oregon Coast Coho Recovery: ODFW and partners have identified the Nehalem, Nestucca, Alsea, South and Middle Umpqua, and the Coos as priority areas for restoration of the federally-threatened Oregon Coast Coho salmon. Priority actions will address limiting factors, such as stream complexity, water quantity, and water quality. Click on this link for more details. ODFW Contact: Renee Coxen (Renee.J.COXEN@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Rogue Watershed Resiliency: The Rogue Watershed Resiliency Initiative seeks to advance state and federal investments that will restore water quantity and quality and upgrade infrastructure to promote fish passage in the Rogue Watershed. Click on this link for more details on ODFWs IIJA efforts in the Rogue. ODFW Contact: Chandra Ferrari (Chandra.A.FERRARI@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Wildlife Habitat Restoration: This effort is focused on funding projects that restore habitat structure and function, sustain working lands, and allow for the return of natural disturbance regimes in natural systems, and help build resiliency to a drier and warmer future. Click on this link for more details. Contact: Sara Reif (Sarah.J.REIF@odfw.oregon.gov)

  • Connectivity and Wildlife Passage: Wildlife connectivity is significantly reduced by roadways as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation, injury and mortality, and behavioral avoidance. Wildlife crossing structures and associated directional fencing significantly reduce the impacts of roads on wildlife populations. Click on this link for more details. ODFW Contact: Rachel Wheat (Rachel.E.WHEAT@odfw.oregon.gov)

Keep checking in for more information, and make sure to explore our vision for IIJA funding implementation! ODFW IIJA Focal Areas (pdf)

IIJA Grants Currently Open:

FHWA National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program (AOP)

  • Focus: The Culvert AOP Program focuses on two project categories as differentiated by structure type:
    1. Projects to replace, remove, or repair culverts that would meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish (49 U.S.C. 6703(b)(1)).
    2. Projects to replace, remove, or repair weirs that would meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. With respect to weirs, the project may include: 1) infrastructure to facilitate fish passage around or over the weir; and 2) weir improvements (49 U.S.C. 6703(b)(2)).
  • Informational Webinar: July 15, 2024 at 10 AM register here
  • Application Deadline: September 23, 2024
  • Awards: $196 million over 5 years, split between 60 awards
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local governments
  • Additional Information: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/culverthyd/aquatic/culvertaop.cfm
  • Funding Number: 693JJ324NF00025
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, sarah.r.sapienza@odfw.oregon.gov
  • AOP Contact: Ryan Buck, culvertaop@dot.gov

NOAA Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection & Restoration BIL Competitive Grant

BOR WaterSMART Planning and Project Design Grants

  • Focus: Projects to conduct planning to support water supply and management solutions (e.g., domestic water supply projects for disadvantaged communities, water marketing, water conservation, drought resilience, and ecological resilience). Projects to conduct project-specific design for projects to improve water management or water supplies. Proposals to develop a new or update an existing Drought Contingency Plan.
  • Application Deadline: May 23, 2024 at 4pm
  • Awards: $35M ($400k max/project)
  • Eligible Applicants: Category A applicants: States and local agencies, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Category B applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with an entity described in Category A.
  • Apply: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/349785 (Federal Opportunity Number: R23AS00109)
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, Sarah.R.SAPIENZA@odfw.oregon.gov
  • BOR Contact: Karen Shubert, kshubert@usbr.gov

BOR WaterSMART: Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects

  • Focus: Planning, design, and construction activities for water recycling projects that have a total project cost greater than or equal to $500 million are eligible activities under this grant. Project sponsors may apply for funding of activities that support one or more of the four stages of project development: planning stage; 30% design stage; 100% design stage; or construction stage.
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Awards: $180M
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, municipalities, irrigation districts, water districts, wastewater districts, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.
  • Apply: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/350116 (Funding Opportunity Number: R23AS00433)
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, Sarah.R.SAPIENZA@odfw.oregon.gov
  • BOR Contact: Chandrika Nasstrom, cnasstrom@usbr.gov

BOR WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects

  • Focus: Funding for water conservation and efficiency projects, water management and infrastructure improvements, and river and watershed restoration projects and nature-based solutions that provide significant ecological benefits, have been developed as part of a collaborative process, and help carry out an established strategy to increase the reliability of water resources. Eligible projects include on-the-ground implementation projects where a primary purpose is to benefit ecological values or improve watershed health and have a nexus to water resources. This includes projects that benefit fish and wildlife habitat; riparian areas; ecosystems; commercial, recreational, subsistence, or Tribal ceremonial fishing; and river-based recreation, which are supported by rivers, streams, or other water sources.
  • Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2024
  • Awards: $6M max per project
  • Eligible Applicants: Category A applicants: States and local agencies, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and organizations with water or power delivery authority. Category B applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with an entity described in Category A.
  • Apply: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/353621 (Funding Opportunity Number: R24AS00299)
  • BOR Webinar: April 25th at 1pm, click here to Join Webinar 
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, Sarah.R.SAPIENZA@odfw.oregon.gov
  • BOR Contact: Alisha James, bor-sha-fafoa@usbr.gov

BOR WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

  • Focus: Projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies. Eligible water conservation projects include: canal lining/piping, municipal metering, irrigation flow measurement,
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Automation, landscape irrigation measures, high-efficiency indoor appliances and fixtures, and commercial cooling systems.
  • Application Deadline: July 9, 2024
  • Awards: $12M ($100K max per project)
  • Eligible Applicants: Category A applicants: States and local agencies, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Category B applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with an entity described in Category A.
  • Apply: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/350845 (Funding Opportunity Number: R24AS00059)
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, Sarah.R.SAPIENZA@odfw.oregon.gov
  • BOR Contact: Christina Munoz, bor-sha-fafoa@usbr.gov

BOR WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program

  • Focus: Provides funding to watershed groups, new and existing, for Phase I of projects focused on watershed group development, watershed restoration planning, and watershed management project design.
  • Application Deadline: Sep 3, 2024
  • Awards: $10K - $300K per project
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local agencies, irrigation districts, water districts, water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations. Applicants must become a new, or be an existing, official Watershed Group.
  • Apply: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/349783 (Funding Opportunity Number: R23AS00362)
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, Sarah.R.SAPIENZA@odfw.oregon.gov
  • BOR Contact: Christina Munoz, bor-sha-fafoa@usbr.gov

USFWS Invasive Species Eradication Funding Opportunity

  • Focus: Projects that support the eradication of a newly introduced or established species in terrestrial or aquatic habitats in the U.S. Aquatic habitats include freshwater, wetland, riparian, estuarian, and marine habitats. While preference will be given to proposals that result in eradication of invasive species, research proposals that advance research that increases the effectiveness and availability of eradication tools will be considered.
  • Application Period: March 26 – May 27, 2024
  • Awards: $2,960,000 ($50K - $1M per project)
  • Eligible Applicants: States and Tribes, and private, public, or non-federal entities with sufficient expertise.
  • Apply: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/353208 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F24AS00320)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov
  • USFWS Contact: Jarrad Kosa, jarrad_kosa@fws.gov

USFWS Rapid Response Fund for Aquatic Invasive Species

  • Focus: Projects responding to founding populations of aquatic invasive species within the early detection and rapid response. Response efforts must target an aquatic invasive species, defined as non-native plants or animals that reside in fresh, wetland, estuarine, or marine waters. Pathogens (e.g., bacteria, virus, fungi, and parasites) or harmful algal blooms are not eligible for funding.
  • Application Period: July 15, 2024
  • Awards: $960,000 ($50K - $960K per project)
  • Eligible Applicants: States and Tribes, and private, public, or non-federal entities with sufficient expertise.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351110 (Federal Funding Opportunity #F24AS00175)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov
  • USFWS Contact: Susan Pasko, susan_pasko@fws.gov

USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation

  • Focus: Intended outcomes of the NCWCG Program include acquisition of a real property interest such as conservation easements or fee title acquisition in coastal wetlands ecosystems from willing sellers or partners for long term conservation, restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems, or a combination of acquisition, restoration, enhancement, and management. All projects must ensure long term conservation of coastal wetland resources of at least 20 years.
  • Application Period: Feb. 16, 2024 – Jun. 21, 2024, Internal review draft due April 29, 2024.
  • Awards: $50K ($1K-$50K)
  • Eligible Applicants: States
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/352451 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F25AS00004)
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, sarah.r.sapienza@odfw.oregon.gov

USFWS Candidate Species Conservation

  • Focus: Priority will be given to projects that aid in improving the conservation status of a species so as to preclude the need to list it under the Federal ESA. These projects could include, but are not limited to, activities that will secure scientific information about candidate or at-risk species and their habitat, implement restoration actions that will lead to removing threats to the species, or help prevent extinction of a species.
  • Application Period: Oct. 18, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2024
  • Awards: $500K ($1K-$500K)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, businesses, and individuals.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350615 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F24AS00074)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

USFWS Recovery Implementation

  • Focus: To secure information about federally endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. Actions include restoring habitat, removing invasive species, conducting surveys, monitoring individual populations, and breeding species in captivity to release them into their historic range.
  • Application Period: Oct. 18, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2024
  • Awards: $14M ($1K-$2M)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, businesses, and individuals.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350612 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F24AS00431)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

EPA Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grant

  • Focus: Projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track 1 will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million - $20 million. Track 2 will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million - $3 million. This program will empower communities and their partners to design, develop, and implement multi-faceted community-driven projects that address the diverse and unique needs of disadvantaged communities by: reducing and preventing pollution; building resilience to climate change and mitigating current and future climate risks; enhancing meaningful involvement in government processes related to environmental and climate justice; expanding access to high-quality jobs and economic opportunity through workforce development; and bolstering community strength by ensuring that local residents receive the benefits of investments and have the opportunity to build on them for current and future generations.
  • Application Period: Nov. 21, 2023 – Nov. 21, 2024
  • Awards: $2B (award ceiling: $20M)
  • Eligible Applicants: 1) a partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations, or 2) a partnership between a CBO and one of the following: a federally recognized Tribe, a local government, or an institution of higher education.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351071 (Federal Funding Opportunity # EPA-R-OEJECR-OCS-23-04)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

How you can help!

There is a lot we can all do to benefit both fish and wildlife, our communities, and our economy. Funds from the IIJA are a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the work but the time is short. We have just 5 years to make the most of this chance.

  • Apply for an IIJA grant directly or with partners, and bring vital funding into Oregon!
  • Communicate Oregon’s IIJA funding needs with federal agency partners
  • Provide support for IIJA funding in ODFW focal areas
  • Let us know if you receive any IIJA funding in Oregon

Where to find more information on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

Where to find more information on IIJA funding opportunities:

  • Visit Grants.gov: for more information on IIJA grant opportunities, enter ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’ in the keyword search. You can also subscribe to grant updates.
  • Click here to see a summary of the potential funding opportunities ODFW is following that relate to natural resources in Oregon. Please note that not all funding opportunities are included, and make sure to check back frequently as the information will be updated in real-time. Updated 06/29/22
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – complete dataset spreadsheet (XLSX) Updated 05/11/22

For more information contact Andrea Hanson, ODFW Conservation Policy Coordinator (andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov)

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