The IWRS Update
Oregon's IWRS provides a statewide inter-agency framework for better understanding and meeting Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water needs. Oregon’s Water Resources Commission adopted the first IWRS in 2012 and the second in 2017. Oregon Revised Statute (536.220) requires that the IWRS is updated every 5 years.
OWRD is leading the process to update the IWRS in 2023 and is partnering with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a program of the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University. Oregon’s Kitchen Table specializes in community engagement, particularly focused on communities who have not been engaged with in the past.
How Can You Get Involved?
The OWRD IWRS website will be updated with links to the survey and information about the community events later this year. You can also sign up at Oregon's Kitchen's Table to get notified about the survey, activities, and events here.
Are you interested in hosting one of your own conversations?
Community conversations are happening in many formats in different parts of the state in addition to these scheduled regional conversations. These include conversations with youth groups, culturally specific conversations organized and led by community organizers, conversations connected to different community events and festivals, and self-organized conversations hosted in people's own spaces. If you want to host a conversation with your community, download the Kitchen Table Conversation Guide here: bit.ly/water-conversation-guide.
Are you interested in attending one of our conversations?
Oregon’s Kitchen Table will be facilitating 7 Regional Community Conversations, located across the state. We will be joined by staff from other state agencies to hear from you about your current water challenges, potential solutions, and ways to continue our dialogue about water.
*New virtual option added for May 31. Please see below.
Seaside – May 11, 6–8 p.m.
Bob Chisolm Community Center
1225 Avenue A, Seaside, OR 97138
Hermiston – May 16, 6–8 p.m.
Hermiston Community Center
415 S. Hwy 395, Hermiston, OR 97838
John Day – May 17, 6–8 p.m.
Canyon City Community Hall
123 Washington St., Canyon City, OR 97820
Roseburg – May 23, 6–8 p.m.
Aviva Health Conference Room
150 N.E. Kenneth Ford Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470
(Located on second floor, has an elevator)
Corvallis – May 24, 6–8 p.m.
Tunison Community Room
365 S.W. Tunison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
Virtual – May 31, Noon–1:30 p.m.
Please see the registration form for more info.
Madras – June 7, 6–8 p.m.
COCC Community Room
1170 E. Ashwood Rd., Madras, OR 97741
Ontario – June 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Ontario Community Library Meeting Room
388 S.W. 2nd Ave., Ontario, OR 97914
Please fill out the survey here: https://bit.ly/oregonswater
The survey closes on June 15, 2023 and is available in the following nine languages:
Tiếng ViệtThe 2017 IWRS Report PDFs