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Water Quality Data Synthesis in the Metolius River Basin, Oregon

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  • The Metolius River basin is a sub-basin of the Deschutes Basin within central Oregon. Considered one of the crown jewels of the state, this historically undisturbed basin drew attention in 2009 because the Oregon legislature designated the basin as the first Area of Critical State Concern (ACSC) under the state’s land use laws. One of the factors in the historic land use designation was preserving the water quality of the Metolius River. This controversial action prevented both eco-resort and large scale destination resort development and generated much debate on state versus county roles in land use. A leading non-profit conservation organization, the Friends of the Metolius, has been monitoring land use and water quality within the basin for over 20 years. Motivated by the ACSC and using the data collected throughout the basin, a comprehensive study on the water quality of the Metolius River basin was initiated for the first time. This presentation will introduce the voluntary effort of a non-profit organization to synthesize and share its spatial data publicly through the Oregon Explorer portal, a large spatial data library. Also, a preliminary display of the water quality data and observations within the basin will be presented for the first time.
  • Presented at The Oregon Water Conference, May 24-25, 2011, Corvallis, OR.
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