Water Action

Take action for your river – at home, in your community, and at the Capitol


What’s Your Water Why?

For World Water Day, join OEC in standing up for Oregon's water resources. Check out what our staff are saying...

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#MyWaterWhy – Stacey Dalgaard

As we kick of the 2019 Oregon World Water Day campaign, hear from OEC's Water Outreach Director about why water matters for our future.

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Oregon World Water Day 2019!

Learn more about the 2019 campaign and sign up your organization or business to be an outreach partner today.

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Turning toward the river

People floating on the Willamette River
Getting in the water is just as important as walking the halls of the Capitol. We're tabling at The Big Float 8! Come out and tell us why clean water and healthy watersheds are important to you.

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How will you shape our water future?

It will take commitment from Oregonians across the state to preserve the water we depend on. Add your voice to Oregon's World Water Day campaign today.

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Protecting clean water at home

Backyard Garden
The choices you make in your yard can make a big difference to the health of local streams, wildlife and our drinking water. Before you think about spraying weed killer or reseeding your lawn this fall, consider these tips for a low-maintenance landscape.

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Tiny Plants with a Toxic Punch

Summer is here and it's time to jump in the water - but wait - what's that pea-green scum floating on the surface? A harmful algae bloom.

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Graywater Gardens + Smarter Water Use

Almost half the people on our planet do not have water piped into their homes. They have to go find their daily supply and carry it back for drinking, washing and bathing. If Oregonians had to do that, we might find ways to use a lot less than our current average 52 gallons (416 pounds!) per day.As it stands, our city water systems do a great job of delivering a seemingly abundant supply of water to our faucets and showerheads. But, guess what? In parts of Oregon, wells and streams are going dry, and people have been promised more water than nature can provide. Even in ...

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How does salt affect our rivers? Eco alternatives for winter ice

Parts of Oregon are celebrating and others are cursing the unusual onslaught of snow across the state this winter. The deeper snow pack could mean more ...

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Greywater: The Secret to Gardening During Drought

Guest Article by Molly DanielssonIt’s gardening season, time to water home-grown cucumbers and melons. Despite a cool July, much of Oregon is experiencing drought. Several streams are approaching record lows for this time of year. What’s a conscientious gardener to do? Rain barrels can collect rainwater from roofs for the garden (and EMSWCD can help hook you up), but here in Oregon rain is often lacking when we need it the most.Luckily there’s already a consistent source of water available in your house: greywater. Greywater is the used water from sinks, ...

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