- During 2009, the 75th Legislative Assembly passed House Bill 3369, directing the Oregon Water Resources Department to develop a state-wide, Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) to help Oregon meet its future water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs, while taking into account coming pressures such as population growth, changing land use patterns, and climate conditions.
Along with the Oregon Water Resources Department, the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Agriculture are key partners in these efforts. Tribes, along with public and private sector stakeholders, also have an important voice in this process, as do other local, state, and federal agencies.
The focus during 2009-2012 is on the development of a statewide framework and recommended actions that help the state better understand and meet its water resource needs. The Framework identifies several potential critical issues that could be addressed during the first iteration of this Strategy (2012-2017).
A set of recommended actions will also be developed during 2011 to address these issues. Based on input gathered thus far, such actions would presumably focus on addressing data and information gaps, integrating decision-making and planning efforts, supporting basin planning, strengthening water conservation and water management approaches, improving natural and built storage, protecting instream flows and restoration work, and more.
A panel, comprised of project participants, will discuss these potential recommended actions and invite audience input about the direction and scope of each.
- Presented at The Oregon Water Conference, May 24-25, 2011, Corvallis, OR.