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Release of the Updated Municipal Water Management & Conservation Plan Guidebook (March 2015)

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is pleased to announce the release of the newly updated Municipal Water Management and Conservation Plan (WMCP) Guidebook.

The goal of updating the guidebook was to expand and improve upon existing tools and guidance contained in the version originally published in May 2003.  The guidebook assists Oregon’s municipal and quasi-municipal water suppliers in preparing a plan that meets the requirements of Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 690, Division 086 (OAR 690-086).

Some highlights of the updated guidebook include:
• A better description of the relationship between Extensions of Time for municipal and quasi municipal water use permits and WMCPs;
• A more detailed explanation about diversion rate restrictions imposed on extended permits as a result of an Extension of Time approval (i.e., “Development Limitations”), and how to obtain OWRD authorization to divert the remaining undeveloped portion of the extended permit;
• A discussion of the concept of “Greenlight Water” and “Red Light Water” in relation to extended permits and the “Development Limitations” condition;
• More examples illustrating specific ways to meet WMCP requirements outlined in OAR 690 086;
• A description of requirements after a water supplier’s WMCP is approved (e.g., 5-Year WMCP Progress Reports and submittal of updated WMCPs).

OWRD is hopeful that the updated guidebook will be a useful tool in answering common questions about the WMCP process and other related water right issues.

When OWRD announced in April 2013 that it planned to update the guidebook, the desire was to maintain the cooperative spirit that produced the original.  OWRD initiated the update process in December 2013; and by June 2014, a draft of the updated guidebook was shared with a review team consisting of staff from the League of Oregon Cities, the Oregon Association of Water Utilities, and the Special Districts Association of Oregon, as well as representatives from the municipal water supplier community, water right consulting firms, and engineers working in the water industry.  OWRD received many helpful comments and suggestions from the review team, the large majority of which were incorporated into the final document.

A pdf version of the updated Municipal WMCP Guidebook (March 2015) can be accessed at no cost on OWRD’s webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/owrd/docs/wmcp_guidebook.pdf.

Contact:  Lisa Jaramillo, (503)986-0880 or Lisa.J.Jaramillo@wrd.state.or.us 

OWRD Announces New WMCP Staff

Steve Parrett joined the Oregon Water Resources Department just over a year ago and was recently promoted to water supply and conservation specialist.  His duties focus on reviewing water management and conservation plans and coordinating OWRD’s Reclaimed Municipal Water Use program.

Over the past 20 years, prior to coming to OWRD, Steve worked for the Medford Water Commission, Oregon Water Trust, Sand County Foundation, and GoldInWater Consulting helping people conserve and manage Oregon’s water resources.  He earned a degree in Geology from Southern Oregon State College in 1996 and is a 2007 Kinship Conservation Fellow.

Contact: Steve Parrett, (503)986-0919 or Steve.W.Parrett@wrd.state.or.us