Our water is limited. More water has been promised to farmers and communities than some of our rivers and aquifers can deliver. Climate change and population growth is beginning to place further stress on Oregon’s limited water supplies.
OEC has worked to make water conservation and efficiency a focal point of state water supply policies. We believe it’s smarter, better for the environment, and more cost-effective to invest in conservation first. OEC talked with growers and irrigation experts about ways to advance water efficiency in agriculture–which uses 80% of the state’s water withdrawals–while strengthening Oregon’s agriculture sector. Our recommendations are included in a report called “Making Water Work.”