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Integrated Water Resources Strategy

Oregon's First Integrated Water Resources Strategy









The Oregon Water Resources Commission adopted the state's first Integrated Water Resources Strategy on August 2, 2012. The Strategy provides a blueprint to help the state better understand and meet its instream and out-of-stream needs, taking into account water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs.

​August 14, 2012 Press Release ​[PDF 139KB]​
Executive Summary​ [PDF 1.3MB] ​
Oregon's Integrated Water Resources Strategy ​ [PDF 9.8MB]​
Oregon's Integrated Water Resources Strategy (low resolution; smaller file size) [PDF 5.7MB]​
Draft Workplan​ [PDF 2.5MB]​
Individual Sections (available for download):
Table of Contents​
Adoption Resolution
Governor's Foreword​
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Appendix A (Acknowledgements) ​
Appendix B (Acronyms)​
Appendix C (Framework)​
​  Appendix D (References)​
Spiral-bound hard copies of the Integrated Water Resources Strategy will be available after September 1st, 2012 for $16.00 each. To order a copy please send an email to waterstrategy@wrd.state.or.us
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1B Improve Water Resource Data Collection and Monitoring
​OWRD Monitoring Strategy, Nov. 2015 (PDF)
​OWRD Stream Gaging Network Evaluation for Water Distribution, Nov. 2011, Open File Report (PDF)
​1C Coordinate Inter-Agency Data Collection, Processing and Use in Decision-Making
​In 2014, the IWRS Project team put together a mapping document outlining the various roles and responsibilities of state and federal agencies involved in water resources management.  To view the document click here.
2A Update Long-Term Water Demand Forecasts
To better identify what is ahead in the state’s water future, the Water Resources Department developed the 2015 Statewide Long-Term Water Demand Forecast (2015 Demand Forecast) building upon the 2008 Statewide Water Needs Assessment. The 2015 Demand Forecast is a conversation starter, describing potential long-term water needs in Oregon that may not be able to rely on historic patterns to predict future rainfall and snowpack. Some counties and basins may face important changes by 2050 because of the resulting growth in water demand. The total change in water demand rests on numerous assumptions about the future, those that communities, governments and private partners can address together. For more information email demandforecast2015@wrd.state.or.us.

Executive Summary (PDF)
​2015 Statewide Long-Tem Water Demand Forecast (PDF)
​Appendix A: Calculations for Current and Future Agricultural Water Demands (Excel – coming soon)
Appendix B: Calculations for Current and Future Municipal and Industrial Water Demands (Zip File)
​Appendix C: Current and Projected Future Irrigation Water Requirements for Oregon (PDF)
​Appendix D: Methods for Estimating Crop Consumptive Water Demand by County  (PDF)
​Appendix E: Adjustments to Cuenca Irrigation Water Requirements to Reflect Climate Changes (PDF)
​Appendix F: Comparison of Evapotranspiration Methods for the Klamath River Basin (PDF)
​Appendix G: Database of Current and Future Crop Consumption and Irrigation Water Requirements (Access Database – available upon request)
​2B Improve Water Use Measurement and Reporting
​All public entities holding water rights in Oregon and a portion of larger, non-government water users are required to track and report the amount of water used each month. These reported amounts provide a sample of the total amount of water used in the state, which can assist in forecasting water demand and wisely managing water supplies. In 2014, the Department added personnel to assist water users with reporting use, to provide data quality control, and to develop improved tools that allow the public greater access to this data. Whether you are researching water use in a basin, or are interested in use of a particular water right over time, there are new tools for viewing, printing or downloading water use data. Click here to search by water user, point of diversion, water right, or select criteria to create a summary report. 
2E Update Oregon's Water Related Permitting Guide
Oregon's Water Permits User Guide(PDF)
​​9A Undertake Place-Based Integrated Water Resources Planning
​The Water Resources Department has released guidelines to facilitate place-based approaches to integrated water resources planning. In 2014, the Department examined local and regional water planning approaches in neighboring states, took public comment, and participated in stakeholder workshops to help shape Oregon’s place-based planning guidelines.  Several natural resource agencies also assisted as part of this process. For more information about place-based planning and associated grants, please visit:  http://www.oregon.gov/OWRD/Pages/Place_Based_Planning.aspx  
10A Improve Water Use Efficiency and Water Conservation
Allocation of Conserved Water Program
This program is a voluntary activity that provides benefits to both water right holders and instream uses.  The law allows a water user who conserves water to use a portion of the conserved water on additional lands, lease or sell the water, or dedicate the water to instream use. The Strategy is aimed at promoting awareness of this program.  In March 2014, Department staff produced a video describing the basic components of the Department’s Conserved Water Program. For the informational handout, click here
11B Develop Additional Instream Protections
In 2014, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) evaluated sections of the Molalla, Chetco, and Grande Ronde Rivers to determine eligibility for inclusion in the State’s Scenic Waterways Program.  For more information, click here
11C  Prevent and Eradicate Invasive Species
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), in cooperation with the Oregon State Marine Board, are expanding efforts to prevent invasive species from entering Oregon’s precious waterways.  For the 2014 recreation season, boat inspection stations are located in Ashland, Gold Beach, Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Ontario.  For more information on Oregon’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, visit ODFW’s website.  Watch this short video about the threat that invasive species pose to Oregon’s rivers, lakes, and other habitats. 
12A  Ensure the Safety of Oregon’s Drinking Water
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has launched a “Domestic Well Safety Program” to improve local and state capacity for assessing and managing risks associated with private drinking water wells.  Visit OHA’s new website to find basic information, including water quality testing, treatment, maintenance, and other resources.  OHA also offers a public mailing list for those interested in receiving updates on private wells in Oregon.  To join, sign up here
​12B Reduce the Use of and Exposure to Toxics and Other Pollutants
​In September 2014, State COO Michael Jordan approved new purchasing guidelines for state agencies to support the purchase of less-toxic products. Development of purchasing guidelines was prompted by Governor Kitzhaber's 2012 executive order directing state agencies to increase the number of people- and planet-friendly products they purchase. The guidelines will enable the state to expand its green purchasing beyond the janitorial supply price agreement adopted in 2013. Under the agreement, state agencies have already purchased effective cleaning supplies while reducing the amount of toxic chemicals used. The view the newly issued guidelines, click here.
​12C Implement Water Quality Pollution Control Plans
Statewide TMDL Policy Committee (website)
​13C Feasibility Study Grant for Water Conservation, Storage & Reuse Projects
Feasibility Study Grant Program Handout (PDF)
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Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group met quarterly over the course of 24 months to provide guidance and recommendations to the Strategy’s Project Team. The Group consisted of 18 citizen members, appointed for their ability to represent a wide range of interests and diverse statewide perspectives.
Meeting Information
January 19, 2010
April 14, 2010
July 13, 2010
October 6, 2010
January 5, 2011
July 19, 2011 IWRS Draft Recommended Actions
November 8, 2011
March 8, 2012
​January 31, 2013 ​Agenda
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2009/2010 Open House & Workshop Results

The Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) Project Team conducted workshops and held open house events throughout the state in 2009/2010. These events were largely aimed at gathering local input to inform the development of the strategy. Participants also had an opportunity to provide their input through a survey. Responses gathered from these events are summarized in this document: IWRS 2010 Public Input Results. The Open House photos can be accessed here: 2010 Visual Summary.

Flyer Open House Results
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Klamath Falls
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The 12th Open House - Online Presentation Map Gallery      Survey Results
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Background Documents

​November 20, 2015 Staff Report ​[PDF 135KB]
​March 12, 2015 Staff Report ​[PDF 130KB]
​March 12, 2015 Implementation Roadmap ​[PDF 821KB]
​August 22, 2014 Staff Report (Place-Based IWRS Workshops & Comments) [​PDF 3MB]
​May 29, 2014 Staff Report (Place Based Planning) ​[PDF 2MB]
​March 7, 2014 Staff Report ​[PDF 1MB]
February 8, 2013 Staff Report [PDF 240KB]
​November 16, 2012 Staff Report​ [PDF 2.5MB]​​
August 2, 2012 Item A: Staff Report​ [PDF 115KB]
August 2, 2012 Item A: Endorsement Letters​ [PDF 1.7MB]
August 2, 2012 Item B: Staff Report​ [PDF 66KB]
August 2, 2012 Item B: Draft Workplan​ [PDF 1.5MB]
June 22, 2012 Draft Executive Summary ​ [PDF 731KB]​
June 22, 2012 Draft IWRS​ [PDF 7MB]​
April 19, 2012 Staff Report​ [PDF 67KB]
April 19, 2012 Attach 1 (Public Comments, 2011 Discussion Draft)
April 19 2012 Attachment 2 (Executive Summary)
April 19 2012 Attachment 3 (Conclusion/Workplan)
January 26, 2012 Staff Report
January 5, 2012 OPB Story on Water Efficiency and IWRS​ ​[MP3 2.6MB] audio file​
December 22, 2011 IWRS Discussion Draft​ [PDF 6.2MB]​
December 22, 2011 IWRS Framework​ [PDF 246KB]​
September 29, 2011 Staff Report
September 29, 2011 Public Comments
June 23, 2011 Draft Recommended Actions ("Bulletins")​ [PDF 7.46 MB]
May 12, 2011 Staff Report
May 12, 2011 Public Comments (Issue Papers, Version 2)
2011 Progress Report Cover Letter
2011 Progress Report Executive Summary
2011 Progress Report
February 1, 2011 IWRS Framework
November 18, 2010 Staff Report
November 18, 2010 IWRS Framework
OSU Water Policy Survey Results
November 18, 2010 Issue Papers
August 26, 2010 Public Comments
August 26, 2010 Staff Report
June 3, 2010 Preliminary Workplan
June 3, 2010 Public Comments
June 3, 2010 Staff Report
March 30, 2010 Briefer: OSU Partnership
February Presentation to House Environment & Water Committee video file
February 18, 2010 Public Comments
February 18, 2010 Staff Report
February 12, 2010 Briefer: Open Houses
January 29, 2010 Briefer: Agency Advisory Group
December 4, 2009 Briefer: Policy Advisory Group
November 19, 2009 State-Tribal Water Forum audio file 
November 19, 2009 Staff Report
November 19, 2009 Public Comments
October 14, 2009 Briefer: Project Team
September 23, 2009 Briefer: Strategy Introduction
September 10, 2009 Staff Report
June 9, 2009 Powerpoint Presentation
June 9, 2009 Planning Staff Report
June 9, 2009 Issue Statement
February 25, 2009 Planning Staff Report
November 20, 2008 Planning Staff Report
August 21, 2008 Planning Staff Report
June 4, 2008 Planning Minutes
​May 29, 2008 Planning Staff Report ​[PDF 46KB]
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