The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) was established in 1998 as a non-profit and charitable benefit corporation. The Foundation applies business practices and a market-based approach to support its charitable grant making programs. Through marketing and sales of environmentally-preferred, green power, BEF simultaneously assists local communities to establish renewable energy projects and earns profits that allow it to provide funding and technical support for ongoing watershed restoration and renewable energy programs across the region.
BEF's Community Model Watershed Program serves primarily rural communities and Native American tribes across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Willamette River Initiative grants funds to BEF to manage the Model Watershed Program for seven Willamette Valley watershed councils: Luckiamute, Marys River, Long Tom, Middle Fork Willamette, Calapooia, South Santiam, and North Santiam.
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In 2010, BEF was also the recipient of a WRI grant to determine if a streamlined Cultural Resources Review process would be possible for potential Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) sites in the Willamette Valley.