Smart Water Management
Ensuring reliable water for people, farms and fish
- Climate change is bringing Oregonians more drought years and less snowpack to recharge our water systems – leaving our drinking water, food production and fish populations at risk.
- Across the state, wells and streams are already going dry at critical times of year because more water has been promised to people, agriculture and ecosystems than nature can provide.
- Fewer than 20% of water right holders (larger water permits for agricultural, industrial and municipal uses) measure and keep track of how much water they withdraw from rivers and from the ground.
- Oregon needs to catch up to our neighbors and start accounting for how much water we have and how quickly it is being consumed.
- Sound data is the foundation of smart water management – making critical water decisions without a clear understanding of our groundwater resources and overall water spending hurts all Oregonians.
- Measurement devices help water users increase efficiencies in their business operations and self-manage their water needs.
- If we invest now, we can strengthen the State’s ability to better balance efforts to ensure water sustainability for current and future generations.
2017 Smart Water Management Plan
Even as we experience one of the wettest winters in a decade, the future of Oregon’s water resources is uncertain, and NOW is the time to speak up.
- SUBMIT COMMENTS: Email committee members and tell them to prioritize smart water management this session
- SPEAK OUT: Share your water stories on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #WaterCantWait
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