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  • Water Resources Development Program
    The Water Resources Development Program seeks to help individuals and communities address their instream and out-of-stream needs now and into the future.  The following pages contain information related to Place-Based Planning Pilot Grants, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans.
    Click here to learn more about the Water Resources Development Program.
  • Klamath Regulation Update


    Please click here for more information




  • Oregon's 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy - Now Available Online


    This past December, the Water Resources Commission adopted Oregon's 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy, a framework for better understanding and meeting our instream and out-of-stream water needs, including water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs. Using a process that involved extensive public outreach, the 2017 Strategy identifies the most critical water-related challenges facing communities throughtout Oregon. It offers recommendations in 13 issues areas to address these challenges.

    To download the 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy, please visit this website.


  • Recognizing Water Conservation Efforts - Accepting Award Nominations for 2018
    The Department is currently accepting nominations for its annual water conservation awards.  The awards recognize water users from around the state that have committed to water conservation by making it an integral part of their day-to-day operations.  Nominations are due Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
    For nomination information, please click here.
  • Drought Watch
    Drought is not an abnormal occurrence in Oregon, with notable droughts in the 1930s, 1976-77, 1992, 2001-02 and 2012-2015.  Precipitation and temperature are the main drivers of drought, and largely determine snowpack, soil moisture, and streamflow levels, which are commonly used as indicators of drought.  In Oregon, many watersheds depend heavily on snowpack for annual water supply, and the timing of peak runoff from snowmelt is critical.
Agency Resources Agency Spotlight
The Department offers grants and loans to assist with evaluating and developing water resources projects that help address instream and out-of-stream water needs.
Click here to learn more about our grant and loan opportunities.
Department Rulemaking
Click here to view information on current rulemaking activities, including public comment periods and public hearings. 

Water Use and Marijuana
Click here to view the Handout on Understanding Water Use Regulations: Medical and Recreational Marijuana, which provides an overview of Oregon’s water laws and Department contact information. 
Marijuana Producer Exempt Water Form - This form is provided to fulfill documentation required in section 5, subsection 3 of OLCC’s Marijuana Cultivation Plan for Producers for water access not requiring a water right.
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