Investing in Our Water Future
In 2021, the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown made historic investments in Oregon’s water resources by passing a $538 million water package. The funding includes a massive investment in drinking water, wastewater, and groundwater infrastructure projects across the state. The funding also invests in fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, natural infrastructure, and the resiliency of natural systems.
The water package also provides one-time funding to develop better access to water data, provide additional water planning support for communities, and expand a system to identify and address local and regional water use needs.
The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is leading the effort to develop a framework and path for state-supported regional water planning and management. For more information and a time frame, visit the State-Supported Regional Water Planning and Management Work Group website. OWRD is also leading the development of a Tribal-State Agency Task Force, which is intended to engage tribes in the implementation of the Water Vision.
State agencies are also working to ensure that natural infrastructure is eligible for funding. Natural infrastructure is the strategic use of natural and working lands to meet infrastructure needs and was identified as a key investment strategy in the 100-year Water Vision.
The Governor’s Office continues to work with state agencies to advance the water vision, collaborate on water issues, and identify future resource needs.