Investing in Our Water Future
Many areas of Oregon are known for clean and reliable water. This is due to both favorable climate and the infrastructure we built in the 19th and 20th centuries to effectively move water from its source to where it is used. As has been identified in Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy, 3 forces combine to place significant stress on Oregon’s water:
- Climate change and associated increases in fire, drought, and flooding;
- A half century of underinvestment in built and natural water infrastructure; and
- Our changing population and associated development – growing in some areas, shrinking in others.
These factors impact the quality and quantity of water for our communities, including water in our rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and aquifers. Simply put, if we are not willing to roll up our sleeves and work together to invest in our natural and built water systems, we place the safety of our communities, the health of our people and environment, and Oregon’s economic future at risk.
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