Why do we stand up for water?
“Clean water is a basic necessity for marine life, plant and animal life, and human life. Curbing water pollution and efforts to conserve water are of vital importance to me.”
-Sally J., Siletz
“Clean, safe drinking water should be a human right.”
-Jonathan L., Portland
“The river is life. The river gives life to my small town by providing our drinking water, our recreation, and supports the wildlife we treasure in our community.”
-Reilly, Cottage Grove
“I love to float on a river and watch the trout swim beneath me.”
“Water is essential for human life, as a source of wellbeing as well as a requirement for staying alive. Resilience in water supplies requires limiting contamination and taking climate change into account in key decisions.”
-Adam H., Prineville
“Sustenance and reverence for natural life.”
-Michelle O., Chiloquin
On World Water Day – March 22, 2019 – people, organizations and businesses across the state spoke up about why water matters today and for future generations. Whether it’s the water we drink, the puddles our kids jump in, or the places we connect with the world around us, our existence is intertwined with the future of our water.
Your voices are what echoes off the walls of the Capitol in Salem and reverberates on social media. When we put them together, we can make a chorus for the future of our water resources that drives policy and practice in Oregon.
Where do we go from here?
No matter where you live in Oregon, we are facing water uncertainties due to increased flooding, drought and toxic algae; aging infrastructure that is past its expiration date or inadequate for our current community needs; and a lack of ongoing investment in clean water. Our job in the next decade is to figure out how to do more with less water and start working with nature to design a more resilient water future.
Oregon Environmental Council is actively working in the 2019 Legislative Session to ensure that our agencies have the resources needed to manage our water sustainably, that our state is planning for climate change and a resilient water future, and that healthy watersheds are seen as critical infrastructure investments to protect clean and affordable water today and for the next 100 years. We are also working on a bill to ensure renters know what’s in their well water.
We believe that any vision for Oregon’s water future should take into consideration overall watershed health, elevate sustainable solutions that help Oregon businesses thrive under changing climate conditions, reflect unique local and regional challenges, and prioritize the needs of Oregonians that are most vulnerable.
In the coming weeks, we will take your #MyWaterWhy to Salem to make sure policymakers hear why water matters to your lives, livelihoods and the world around us.
Add your voice
When you share your #MyWaterWhy with the world, you stand up for water and our future as a healthy and resilient state. Add your voice to the map today.