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Conservation and Supply Resources and Programs

Integrated Water Resources Strategy 


The State of Oregon has launched its first Integrated Water Resources Strategy.  Adopted by the Water Resources Commission in August 2012, the Strategy provides a blueprint for understanding and meeting Oregon’s water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs now and into the future.  Using a process that involved extensive public outreach, the Strategy identifies the most critical water‐related challenges facing communities throughout Oregon. It offers recommendations in 13 different issue areas to address these challenges.

Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program 

The Water Conservation, Re-use and Storage Grant Program, established by Senate Bill 1069 (2008), is designed to fund the qualifying costs of planning studies that evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, re-use or storage projects.

Oregon Water Supply and Conservation Initiative 
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The Oregon Water Resources Department (the Department) recognizes that water resources needs in Oregon are many, while our resources are finite. The Oregon Water Supply and Conservation Initiative gives the Department an opportunity to take a bird’s eye view of water demands and water availability throughout the state, and to strategically develop the tools, methodologies, and budgets required to ensure that those who need water—both in-stream and out-of-stream—will have access to the resource for generations to come.

Department Water Conservation Programs and Information 

The Department has several programs and efforts to assist with water conservation.  These include planning tools and resources, modifications to water rights, information about watershed restoration and instream activities.