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Place-based integrated water resources planning is rooted in the idea that place matters, that water management activities should be coordinated, and that planning can help the people of Oregon collectively envision and chart a path towards a better water future.
Place-Based: Orients knowledge, decisions, and actions around the specific context of a place in a way that recognizes and strengthens the connection between people and place and empowers people to work together to achieve a shared vision of that place.
Integrated Water Resources: An approach that “promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources, in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems and the environment.” Global Water Partnership
Planning: A process used to identify shared goals and objectives and then 1) formulate strategies, 2) align people, information, ideas, and resources, and 3) coordinate near-term and long-term actions to achieve the goals and objectives.
place-based water planning process follows a set of key planning principles and
five planning steps outlined in the 2015 DRAFT Place-Based Planning Guidelines.
The following four areas have been awarded grant funding and are undertaking a place-based, integrated approach to water planning in partnership with the State consistent with the 2015 DRAFT Place-Based Planning Guidelines. This new program is currently in a pilot phase. The planning approach and Guidelines will be evaluated and modified based on what is learned from the planning efforts in these four places.
The Department is currently assembling a toolbox with resources to assist all communities interested in understanding their water resources and planning for their water future. The toolbox is under development.
The Department is providing more than $700,000 in grants to support the current place-based water planning efforts. The Department does not have funding or staff capacity to support additional places at this time. For more information visit the Departments Planning webpage.
For more information about the Department’s other funding opportunities, visit the Water Resources Development Program webpage.
For more information contact:
Harmony Burright 503-986-0913 Steve Parrett 503-986-0914
Place-Based Planning Project Team
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