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The vision of the Water Resources Department is to assure sufficient and sustainable water supplies are available to meet current and future needs.

Mission Statement

The Department's mission is to serve the public by practicing and promoting responsible water management through two key goals:
  • To directly address Oregon's water supply needs
  • To restore and protect streamflows and watersheds in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oregon's ecosystems, economy, and quality of life

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

 The Oregon Water Resources Department’s strategic priorities for 2019-2024 are to:
  • Modernize our management of Oregon’s surface water and groundwater resources to meet instream and out-of-stream uses
  • Work to secure Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water future in the face of increasing water scarcity
  • Foster a forward-looking team dedicated to serving Oregonians with integrity and excellence

Read the full Strategic Plan for more information.

Core Values

  • Integrity – We are accountable for all that we do.  We act with honesty and promote transparency.
  • Service – We are dedicated to providing outstanding service and treating everyone equitably in our management and stewardship of state resources.
  • Technical Excellence – We base our resource decisions on law, science, and expertise.
  • Teamwork – We are united in our mission, relying on one another and working together with the communities we serve.
  • Forward-Looking – We seek innovative and practical solutions to the water challenges of today and tomorrow.