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Place-Based Integrated Water Resources Planning


See below for more information about the four planning areas​​.

Thank you for your comments on place-based planning in the the Integrated Water Resources Strategy. Click on the links below for more information:
OWRD staff delivered an update on place-based planning to the Water Resources Commission at their August meeting. Click on the links below for more information:
Click on the images below for a latest updates on the place-based planning program.

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The 2012 Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) recommended that the Oregon Water Resources Department help communities undertake a place-based approach to integrated water planning (Recommendation 9A). Place-based integrated water resources planning is a voluntary, locally initiated and led effort in which a balanced representation of water interests in a basin, watershed or groundwater area work in partnership with the state to:
  1. Build a collaborative and inclusive process;
  2. Gather information to understand current water resources (looking at quantity, quality, ecosystem health) and identify knowledge gaps;
  3. Examine current and future instream and out-of-stream water needs (water for people, the economy, and the environment);
  4. Identify and prioritize strategic, integrated solutions to meet current and future water needs;
  5. Develop a place-based integrated water resources plan that serves as a roadmap for meeting water needs and informs future updates to the statewide IWRS.
In 2015, the Department released DRAFT Place-Based Planning Guidelines​ that can be used to help facilitate place-based planning efforts. These guidelines were developed following extensive research and outreach efforts. In 2016 the Department awarded grants to four communities that are pilot testing the Draft Planning Guidelines.


Handout Draft Guidelines Integrated Water Resources Strategy
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​Key links and Documents
​April 2016 ​Place-Based Planning One-Page Handout PDF (242 KB)
​April 2016 ​Frequently Asked Questions PDF​ (134 KB)
​July 2015 ​Place-Based Planning Legislation Link
​February 2015 ​DRAFT Place-Based Planning Guidelines PDF (485 KB)
​2014 - Present ​Staff Reports to the Water Resources Commission Link​

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Place-Based Planning Areas

The following four areas have been awarded grant funding and will be undertaking integrated water resources planning in partnership with OWRD over the next 2-3 years and testing the Draft Planning Guidelines. Click on the blue highlighted areas or the links below for more information!
​Place ​Convener(s)​ ​Fiscal Agent ​Link
​Mid-Coast Region ​City of Newport and Oregon Water Resources Department ​City of Newport Link
​Lower John Day Sub-Basin Gilliam SWCD and Mid John Day-Bridge Creek Watershed Council ​Gilliam SWCD Link​
​Upper Grande Ronde Sub-Basin ​Union County ​Union County Link
Malheur Lake Basin ​Harney County Watershed Council and Harney County Court ​Harney County Watershed Council Link

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​Planning Step 1 - Build a Collaborative and Inclusive Process

All four of the pilot areas are currently in Planning Step 1. At the completion of this phase:
  • ​There is a convener in place and their role is clearly defined and supported by the planning group;
  • The planning group includes a balanced representation of interests;
  • The planning scale is well defined and supported by the planning group; 
  • State agencies are engaged as partners in the planning process;
  • There is a plan to ensure an open and transparent process that fosters public participation;
  • There is an approved governance agreement that describes how the planning group was formed, how members of the group will work together (ground rules or operating principles), and how decisions will be reached using a consensus-based approach; 
  • There is a work plan that outlines the work to be completed, including the roles and responsiblities, schedule and cost for completing the work​; and,
  • There is a clear intent to look at water resources in an integrated approach (the planning process will look at instream and out-of-stream water needs, taking into account quantity, quality, and ecosystem health).
To support Planning Step 1, OWRD has assembled some resources that are available to the conveners and any interested parties: bit.ly/pbpsharedfolder​.
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2015-2016 Pilot Grant Program

Grant Related Documents
​February 2016 ​Map of Planning Areas (PDF)
February 2016​ ​Public Comments on Funding Recommendations (PDF​)
​February 2016 ​Funding Recommendations Handout (PDF)
​February 2016 ​Evaluation Summaries (PDF)
​January 2016 ​Public Comments on Letters of Interest (PDF)
​December 2015 ​Letters of Interest Received (see table below)
​December 2015 ​Evaluation Criteria and Worksheets (PDF)
​November 2015 ​Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
October 2015​ Request​ for Letters of Interest (PDF)
October 2015 ​Place-Based Planning Handout (PDF)

Solicitation Process

In July 2015, the Oregon Legislature provided additional staff and funding to the Department to help communities undertake place-based integrated water resources planning. The Department received $750,000 to distribute in the form of grants to support place-based planning efforts in a select number of areas. Letters of Interest for the place-based planning pilot grants were solicited from October 8, 2015 to December 7, 2015. Click here to see the Request for Letters of Interest.
Letters of Interest Received
In December 2015, the Department received sixteen Letters of Interest from across the State requesting grants to pilot place-based planning. Grant requests totaled more than $3.6 million dollars. As to be expected with a new program, the Letters of Interest presented a wide range of ideas and approaches from different parts of the state. For a map showing the geographic representation of the potential pilot areas, click here. Letters of Interest and associated materials can be viewed by clicking on the links in the table below.
Applicant ID
Applicant(s) Map ​​ ​Letter Attachments
​E-08-06-UpperGrandeRonde ​Union County Map​​ Letter​ Attachments
​E-09-08-Powder ​Powder Valley Water
Control District
Map ​Letter​
​E-12-10-MalheurLake ​Harney County
Watershed Council
​Map Letter​ ​​Attachments ​Memo
​NC-06-21-LowerJohnDay ​John Day Partnership ​Map Letter ​​Attachments
​NC-07-05-WallaWalla ​Walla Walla Basin
Watershed Council
​Map Letter​ ​​Attachments Memo​
​NW-01-01-NorthCoast ​North Coast Land
Map Letter​ ​​Attachments Memo
​NW-02A-02-UpperWillamette ​Lane Council of
Map Letter​ ​​Attachments ​​Memo
​NW-02B-02-SouthSantiam​​ ​South Santiam
Watershed Council
​​Map ​​Letter​ ​​Attachments​ ​​Memo
​Eola-Amity Hills
Winegrowers Association
​Map ​Letter ​​Attachments
​NW-02B-16-PolkWatersheds ​Polk County Map ​Letter ​​Attachments ​​Memo
​NW-02B-16-Pudding ​Marion County and
City of Silverton
​Map ​Letter​ ​​Attachments
​NW-02C-18-Tualatin Tualatin River
Watershed Council
Map ​Letter​ ​​Attachments ​Memo
​NW-18-01-MidCoast ​​City of Newport Map Letter​ ​​Attachments Memo​
​SC-14-17-Klamath ​Withdrawn from
consideration by

​SW-15-13_14_19-Rogue ​Rogue Basin Partnership ​Map Letter​ ​​Attachments
​SW-17-19-LowerRogue ​Wild and Scenic Rivers ​Map Letter​ ​​Attachments Memo

Review and Evaluation Process

Letters of Interest were evaluated against a set of review factors by both OWRD staff and a state inter-agency team. The review factors included:
  • Evaluation criteria – Strengths and weaknesses of the proposals were evaluated in the areas of leadership, partnerships, capacity, integration, planning needs/outcomes, approach, need for assistance, readiness, and likelihood of developing a plan in 2-3 years. For a copy of the evaluation criteria and worksheets, click here.
  • Variation among places – Factors that allow for testing place-based planning in places with different characteristics were considered such as geography, scale, type of convener, local capacity, proposed approach and backgrounds in water planning and collaborative planning.
  • Public comments – OWRD received public comments on the Letters of Interest, which were considered during the reviews. For a copy of the public comments on the Letters of Interest, click here​.
The inter-agency review team grouped the different Letters of Interest based on the relative strengths of each proposal. Click here​ to see an evaluation summary for each of the Letters of Interest. Department staff used this information to develop funding recommendations for consideration by the Water Resources Commission. For a copy of the public comments on the funding recommendations, click here​.  
Grant Awards
​At the February 2016 Commission meeting the Water Resources approved grant awards for four areas that will pilot test the place-based planning guidelines. Click here​ for a copy of the funding recommendations. ​
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For more information about this program contact:

Harmony Burright​
Planning Coordinator
Steve Parrett
Planning Coordinator

Subscribe to the Water Resources Development Program mailing list to receive information about this and other funding opportunities as well as public notices: http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/water_development
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