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  • Oregon’s 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy Public Review Draft Available for Public Comment
    The State of Oregon launched its first Integrated Water Resources Strategy in 2012.  Adopted by the Water Resources Commission, the Strategy provides a blueprint for understanding and meeting Oregon’s water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs now and into the future.  Using a process that involved extensive public outreach, the Strategy identifies the most critical waterrelated challenges facing communities throughout Oregon. It offers recommendations in 13 different issue areas to address these challenges.
    The 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy public review draft is now available for public comment. 
    Comments are due Wednesday, July 19 2017.  To view the public review draft click here.
  • *New* Water Resources Development Program
    The Water Resources Development Program seeks to help individuals and communities address their instream and out-of-stream needs now and into the future.  The following pages contain information related to Place-Based Planning Pilot Grants, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans
    Click here to learn more about the Water Resources Development Program. 

Agency Resources Agency Spotlight
Klamath Water Distribution Update
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ODFW's Transfer and Water Exchange Applications
On June 10, 2016, following a contested case hearing, an administrative law judge issued a proposed order upholding OWRD’s 2012 approval of point of diversion transfers for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. On October 28, 2016, OWRD issued Final Orders approving the ODFW transfers. Click here for more information.

Task Force on Drought Emergency Response

House Bill 4113 (2016) established a task force to review the State’s existing drought response tools, identify potential gaps, and make recommendations on tools and information needed to ensure that the State is prepared to respond to future droughts.  Meetings are open to the public.  Click here for more information.

2017 Update to the Integrated Water Resources Strategy

A Policy Advisory Group has been convened to assist with updating the

statewide water strategy.  Meetings are open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities
The Department is currently accepting funding applications for Water Project Grants and Loans. Applications are due by 5pm April 5, 2017.  Click here to learn more about grant and loan opportunities to assist with evaluating and developing water resources projects.
Department Rulemaking
Click here to view information on current rulemaking activities, including public comment periods and public hearings. 
Governor's Drought Page
Visit the Governor's Drought Watch webpage to learn more about current conditions and drought assistance programs. 

Water Use and Marijuana
Click here to view the Handout on Understanding Water Use Regulations: Medical and Recreational Marijuana, which provides an overview of Oregon’s water laws and Department contact information. 
Marijuana Producer Exempt Water Form - This form is provided to fulfill documentation required in section 5, subsection 3 of OLCC’s Marijuana Cultivation Plan for Producers for water access not requiring a water right. Download the Marijuana Producer Exempt Water Form here and submit it to your watermaster. 

New Municipal WMCP Guidebook
Expanded guidance and helpful examples for municipal and quasi-municipal suppliers required to prepare a WMCP. 
Please click here to access the guidebook.

Agency Success
In 2011, Water Resources Department enjoyed significant successes in the areas of Instream Flows and Process Improvement Accomplishment.
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