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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, Feb. 2016 (PDF)

​The vision of the Water Resources Department is to assure sufficient and sustainable water supplies are available to meet current and future needs.  In order to properly manage Oregon’s water resources to meet these needs, the Department must have a strategy in place and have the means for measuring both surface water and groundwater resources.  A network of strategically placed stream gages and observation wells enable Department staff to collect valuable data about water resource conditions across the state at any given time.  The challenge is to have a monitoring network design that adequately, efficiently, and effectively captures water resource data essential for proper management of the state’s water resources.  This strategy identifies the Department’s monitoring priorities and recommends monitoring actions that will ensure the vision of the Department is being met.

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 (Zip File)
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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2016 Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group​ will meet in 2016 to provide guidance and recommendations to the Strategy’s Project Team. The Group consists of 18 citizen members, appointed for their ability to represent a wide range of interests and diverse statewide perspectives. Meetings are open to the public and held at the Water Resources Department's Salem Office (725 Summer St NE).  Protocols.
​March 30, 2016 Meeting Agenda Meeting Materials    Meeting Notes
​June 28, 2016 Meeting Agenda Meeting Materials Meeting Notes
​September 14, 2016 ​Meeting Agenda Meeting Materials
​December 7, 2016
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2016 Open Houses


The IWRS Project Team recently hosted seven community events throughout the state to gather public input on the next iteration of Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy.  Agency staff presented progress made on implementing the 2012 IWRS and opened the conversation to gather input on what actions or issues should be a key focus area for the 2017 IWRS. 

An online survey was also distributed to gather public input.  Individuals could respond through the survey or submit comments directly to the Project Team.

Meeting materials, open house results, and online survey responses are below.

  • Open House Presentation [PDF]
  • Open House Posters [PDF]
  • Online Survey Responses [PDF]
  • Individual Comments [PDF]
Open House ​Date & Time ​Location
​Pendleton ​Monday, June 13 Pendleton Convention Center
Agenda ​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​1601 Westgate Ave.
Meeting Notes ​Pendleton, Oregon 97801
​Ontario ​Tuesday, June 14 Clarion Inn
​Agenda ​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​1249 Tapadera Ave.
Meeting Notes ​Ontario, Oregon 97914
​Salem ​Thursday, June 16 ODFW Headquarters
Agenda ​​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Meeting Notes ​Salem, Oregon 97302
​​Newport ​Monday, June 20 Best Western Agate Beach Inn
​Agenda ​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​3019 N. Coast Hwy
​Meeting Notes ​Newport, Oregon 97365
​​Medford ​Wednesday, June 22 Medford Public Library
​Agenda ​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​205 S Central Ave
​Meeting Notes ​Medford, Oregon 97501
​Bend ​Thursday, June 23 Riverbend Community Room
Agenda​ ​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​799 SW Columbia St.
​Meeting Notes ​Bend, Oregon 97702
​Beaverton ​Thursday, June 30 Beaverton Community Center
​Agenda ​5:30 - 7:00 pm ​12350 SW Fifth St.
Meeting Notes ​Beaverton, Oregon 97076
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Background Documents

August 18, 2016 Staff Report [PDF 3.95MB]
​November 20, 2015 Staff Report ​​[PDF 135KB]
​March 12, 2015 Staff Report ​[PDF 130KB]
​March 12, 2015 Implementation Roadmap ​[PDF 821KB]
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IWRS Archives

For historical records please click here.
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