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Municipal water management in Oregon Coastal Communities : surmounting the "Conservation Paradox"

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  • The opportunities for expanding water supplies in Oregon coastal municipalities are becoming increasingly limited. New water quantity and quality regulations, particularly those designed to protect and rebuild salmon runs, constrain water supply options. At the same time, however, demand for water is increasing. Coastal communities continue to grow in population and are targeted as tourist destinations. In addition, water supplies are at their lowest levels during the summer months when demand is greatest. Although the coast receives more rain than other areas in Oregon, the majority of the precipitation is received between October and March. The uneven distribution of rainfall creates periodic scarcity and an increasing likelihood that summer and fall demand for water cannot be met. The municipalities of Newport, Garibaldi, and Port Orford serve as case studies to illustrate a range of coastal municipal water issues. Each study discusses the characteristi.cs of the municipal population, water management goals and objectives, the types and amounts of water supplies, problems associated with expanding water supplies, and opportunities for conservation. Together the case studies are used to determine the common problems and issues.
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