Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program economic assessment
The Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program (GRMWP), founded in 1992, was one of the first watershed councils in Oregon. It encompasses the Grande Ronde Basin, which is located in the northeast corner of Oregon. Since its formation, the GRMWP has focused most of its effort on watershed restoration projects, through funds from the Bonneville Power Administration. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board also funds watershed projects in the Grande Ronde Basin. Many of these projects are coordinated through the GRMWP and have been approved by the GRMWP. The Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program is also interested in promoting economic stability. One of the goals in the Program’s charter states: “Protect the customs, culture, and economic stability of the citizens of the Basin, the Nez Perce and Umatilla Tribes, and the citizens of the United States of America.” Thus, the GRMWP has a vested interest in assessing how restoration projects in the Basin affect the local economy. This document details an economic assessment conducted on BPA and OWEB funded projects in the Grande Ronde Basin. The economic assessment examined the amount of income generated from these projects for local and non-local contractors and assessed whether materials were bought locally or outside of Union and Wallowa counties. It also characterized watershed restoration work by specific work types.