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Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS)

The IWRS Update

Oregon's IWRS provides a statewide inter-agency framework for better understanding and meeting Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water needs. Oregon’s Water Resources Commission adopted the first IWRS in 2012 and the second in 2017. Oregon Revised Statute (536.220) requires that the IWRS is updated every 5 years.

IWRS Timeline January to March, Outreach & engagement planning with OKT, focusing on communities who haven’t been engaged with in the past. April to June, Conduct Surveys (paper and online, in multiple languages), Community, culturally-specific events, 5-7 regional, community conversations open to everyone. July to September, Draft IWRS development. October to December, Public review & comment of Draft IWRS. Incorporate public comments into Draft IWRS  Early 2024, Second public review and comment period, then Submit Final IWRS to the Water Resources Commission for Adoption.

In 2023, OWRD partnered with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a program of the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University. Oregon’s Kitchen Table specializes in community engagement, particularly focused on communities who have not been engaged with in the past.This partnership provided the resources to perform public outreach and engagement, gaining feedback from Oregonians about the next edition of the IWRS. 

In order to provide a platform for the public to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns, we engaged with them in the following ways:

  • Public survey, provided online and in paper in 9 languages (with ~1700 responses) 
  • 8 facilitated community conversations, 7 locations across the state and 1 virtual 
  • 9 self-organized community conversations (2 in Spanish, 3 in Chuukese) 
  • 3 youth-specific community conversations 
  • 2 food bank partnerships 
  • Many culturally specific organizers and community-specific organizations that helped with outreach, distributed surveys, and held small-group conversations 
  • Oregon’s Kitchen Table staff had IWRS information/materials at 2 events (Washington County Powwow and Maxville Heritage Site Anniversary) 

Thank you to all who participated in the community conversations and filled out our survey! 

Here is a link to the Oregon's Kitchen Table Summary Reports.

A survey of interagency staff was completed in April 2023. Here is a link to the summary of the survey results.

Later this fall we will post drafts of the IWRS and other important updates. If you are interested in receiving notifications as new information becomes available, please sign up for the IWRS topic in GovDelivery by clicking the button below.

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The 2017 IWRS Report PDFs

 A photo of the cover page of the Integrated Water Resouces Strategy PublicationA photo of the Integrated Water Resources Strategy Framework Page

2017 IWRS estrategia en español

Una copia en PDF del estrategia integrade de recursos hidricos de Oregon en espanol

For more information contact:
  • Email the IWRS Project Team
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