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Community conversations in Madras, elsewhere for Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy update

Oregon Water Resources Dept.

SALEM, Ore..  - The Oregon Water Resources Department is seeking public input on updates to the state's Integrated Water Resources Strategy – Oregon’s roadmap for better understanding and meeting state water needs.

The IWRS is updated about once every five years and helps guide the work and funding of state water agencies. It also helps inform state legislature about important water issues in Oregon. OWRD is partnering with Oregon’s Kitchen Table to gather feedback from the public for this round of updates through an online survey (goes live in May) and during in-person community conversations (May – June).

“Feedback from these surveys and meetings is crucial in creating a plan for Oregon’s water future that reflects the public’s diverse water needs, concerns and opinions” said Crystal Grinnell, IWRS Specialist with OWRD.

Following the surveys and meetings, OKT will report findings to OWRD which will be used to draft the IWRS update. An interagency team including OWRD, the Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Department of Land Conservation and Development and 14 other agencies will then work together on the draft before public reviews in October 2023 and January 2024. Following these reviews, the Water Resources Commission will be slated to adopt the updated IWRS in early 2024.

With input from broad audiences across Oregon, the updated IWRS will identify critical water challenges and their potential solutions in the context of climate change, guide agency planning and budget requests, and identify changes needed surrounding equitable water policy. The meetings and survey will also help OWRD understand how communities would like to stay informed about water issues and the IWRS in hopes of boosting public contributions to conversations about water.

Learn more about the IWRS here and sign up to receive a link to the IWRS Survey in May here. After entering your email address, choose “Integrated Water Resources Strategy” for your preferred subscription topic.

See below for a list of community conversations currently scheduled with OKT.

Community Conversations

Sign up for a community conversation nearest to you by clicking the link, below.

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#1 – Seaside
When: Thursday, May 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. 

#2 – Hermiston
When: Tuesday, May 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. 

#3 – John Day
When: Wednesday, May 17 from 6 – 8 p.m.

#4 – Roseburg
When: Tuesday, May 23 from 6 – 8 p.m.

#5 – Corvallis
When: Wednesday, May 24 from 6 – 8 p.m.

#6 – Madras
When: Wednesday, June 7 from 6 – 8 p.m.

#7 – Ontario
When: Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Oregon Water Resources Department is the state agency charged with studying, allocating, and distributing water in Oregon. Visit

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