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					             Oregon’s
Integrated Water Resources Strategy



              The Oregon Water Conference
     CH2M Hill Alumni Center – Oregon State University
                      May 24, 2011
           Brenda Bateman, Project Manager
  Alyssa Mucken, Oregon Water Resources Department
 Bruce McIntosh, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Gene Foster, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
   Stephanie Page, Oregon Department of Agriculture



                  The Oregon Water Conference
         CH2M Hill Alumni Center – Oregon State University
                          May 24, 2011
                           Purpose

Oregon’s House Bill 3369 (2009)
  •   Directs WRD to lead efforts
      to “understand and meet”
      Oregon’s water needs.”
  •   Partner with DEQ, ODFW,
      ODA, other agencies,
      tribes, stakeholders, public
  •   Account for coming
      pressures
Oregon Has Many Water Issues to Address


   Fully allocated streams
   Declining aquifers
   Approximately 15,000 stream miles impaired
   Area-wide groundwater contamination
   Fish populations at a fraction of historic levels
   Habitat loss, deteriorating infrastructure, etc.
Impaired Waters
Clean Water Plans
Low Summer Flows
Higher Winter Flows
Current Climate
Future Climate Scenario
    Water and Agriculture

Irrigated farms produced over 80% of the
 total value of Oregon’s harvested crops

                  Issues facing irrigators:
                   - Climate change
                   - Growing demands on
                   water resources
                   - Endangered species
                   - Energy costs
                   - Incentives
                   - Technical assistance
              Water and Agriculture

41% of irrigated farms reported improvements
     between 2003-2008 to USDA-NASS


       Barriers to Greater Efficiency:
          -   Up-front cost
          -   Difficulty securing financing
          -   Other investments, such as labor saving
              investments have quicker payback
          -   Operational costs – energy and labor may go
              up even as water use goes down
          -   Awareness of opportunities and incentives
Fish Species
Opportunities to Restore Streamflows
               Where are we today?




                                Phase III:
  Phase I:      Phase II:                       Phase IV:            Phase V:
                              Developing
  Setting     Identifying                    Producing the 1st   Implementation
                             Recommended
 the Stage    Water Needs                       Strategy           & Evaluation
                                 Actions
(Fall 2009)   (Early 2010)                       (2012)              (2012-17)
                               (2010-2011)
                 IWRS Framework



                Vision
                Goals
           Objectives
        Critical Issues
    Guiding Principles
Recommended Actions
     Recommended Actions




How can we meet Oregon’s water needs
      today, and into the future?
           Next Steps in the Strategy

→ Develop the draft Strategy for public release Fall 2011
→ Vet, revise, and release final version Summer 2012
→ Water Resources Commission notify other Boards
→ Adopt Fall 2012
→ Deliver to Legislative Assembly in 2013, with
   recommendations
→ Update every five years
How can you be involved in the Strategy?

 Find information on our website (www.wrd.state.or.us)
 Join the electronic mailing list
    http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/iwrs

 Send us your thoughts
    waterstrategy@state.or.us
    Alyssa Mucken, 503-986-0911
Thank You!




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