Help inform a smarter water future

A year ago this month, an investigation by The Oregonian exposed that there are critical gaps in our knowledge of how much water we have and how quickly it is being consumed. What do we know for sure? Oregon has a limited supply of water for our farms, fish and faucets, and our rivers are already overtaxed. As the state gives out more permits for groundwater, these underground reserves are being put at risk in parts of the state.

When water levels drop, fish and farmers are left high and dry – putting our food economy and Indigenous peoples’ cultural resources at risk. Many communities depend on groundwater for drinking water and to sustain local jobs.

But there are steps the state can take now to protect Oregon’s water future and better manage this resource.

This week, Oregon’s water resources commissioners will discuss how to make progress on these issues. We will be there to testify that Oregonians want smarter water management that protects our economy and way of life for future generations.

Speak up today to make sure commissioners hold the department accountable for protecting Oregon’s water future. Add your name to the list of Oregonians calling for action here:


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5 Replies to "Help inform a smarter water future"

  • J Lawyer
    August 15, 2017 (6:46 pm)

    when the water is gone we will have a very grim future

  • Ray West
    August 15, 2017 (11:25 pm)

    If it isn’t already a human right, clean water should be.

  • Betty Abadia
    August 16, 2017 (12:46 am)

    Water is life!

  • dorinda kelley
    August 16, 2017 (12:46 am)

    We are known for our clean and wonderful tasting water. Don’t harm this precious commodity.

  • susan delles
    August 16, 2017 (3:51 am)

    Water is and forests are our greatest assets. They must be protected.