Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy 2012

The Oregon Water Resources Commission adopted the state's first Integrated Water Resources Strategy in 2012 with recommended actions designed to improve access to, and sustainability of, water resources. The report addresses the relationship between water and ecosystem health in sections related to in-stream needs, climate change, land use planning, healthy ecosystems, and public health - and presents short and long-term strategic recommendations.

In the “Understanding Coming Pressures” section of the strategy, climate change is one of the critical issues addressed thoroughly. Climate change projections and the impacts of climate on water resources are investigated, with details on drought, flooding, storm surge, sea-level rise, loss of wetland ecosystems, water supply, water quality, and the effects on forest and aquatic species and habitats. 

There are several recommended actions that relate to climate change throughout the document. Specifically, Recommended Action 5.B is to “Assist with Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Strategies” and provides general guidance on how to implement this strategy. 

The report addresses climate adaptation and how it may affect water rights, crop production, and fish migration patterns. The strategy also advocates for funding to benefit local communities - to participate in place-based planning; to finance water and wastewater infrastructure; to develop water resources projects; and to improve fish passage, screening, and other ecological restoration efforts.

Some of the other climate related recommendations are:

To monitor and evaluate surface water flows using the network of stream gages to track long-term trends such as climate change and drought. 

To invest in the tools and scientists needed for modeling and testing future scenarios, related to climate change, energy and economic development, and the implications of various land use policies on water resources and management.

To support efforts to improve the resiliency of Oregon’s diverse ecosystems in response to climate change. 

For natural resource agencies at the local, state, and federal level to invest and make improvements in the long-term monitoring of surface water and groundwater resources.

To develop reliable climate change projections for hydrology at a basin scale, and determine the associated impacts to built and natural systems.

Publication Date: August 2, 2012

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  • Oregon Water Resources Commission


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