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Place-Based Integrated Water Resources Planning

A photo of the Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) Publication

Oregon's Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) recommends that the Department help places undertake a collaborative, integrated approach to water planning. Place-based integrated water resources planning (also known as place-based water planning) is a voluntary, locally initiated and led effort, in which a balanced representation of water interests work in partnership with the state to understand and meet their instream and out-of-stream water supply needs. In 2015 the Department developed Guidelines that provide a framework for planning. The Department is a partner in these planning efforts and also provides financial, technical, and planning assistance to the communities testing the Guidelines.

Updates and Announcements

Planning Assessment
A photo of Place-Based Planning Group Update handout

The Department has initiated a Planning Assessment that will take place in 2020-2021 and will include an evaluation of place-based integrated water resources planning. The results of the Assessment will be used to guide future approaches and support for water resources planning efforts. Click here to view a one-page handout describing the Planning Assessment.

Six Month Updates

The Department provides updates every six months to track programmatic and place-based accomplishments. Click on the links below to trace progress since the program began in 2016.

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