The Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership will examine water needs in Oregon’s Mid-Coast region. Our regional water suppliers include small cities, unincorporated community water districts, tribal communities, and commercial industry near the Pacific Ocean. Our area is home to a vibrant fishing, tourist, and forest products economy, and an ecosystem that supports diverse populations of fish, wildlife, and birds. We will be working to develop regional solutions to provide adequate water supplies for water systems and local industry, while providing adequate flows and water quality for fish, wildlife, and our environment. You are invited to join the Partnership and be a part of this important conversation.
In June 2016 the City of Newport received a grant from the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) to develop a collaborative, integrated water planning effort that looks at instream and out-of-stream water needs while considering water quantity, quality and ecosystem health. The City and OWRD will convene the Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership, a diverse group who will work together to understand and meet our collective water needs.
This is a new partnership – now is the time to be involved.
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A New Approach –
The Mid-Coast Region is one of four areas that is piloting a new approach to water planning with the Oregon Water Resources Department. This approach, which was recommended in Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy, encourages integrated planning at larger scales and gives communities a greater voice in determining their water future. During the pilot phase local groups will partner with state agencies to test a set of draft planning guidelines, identify best practices, and develop a plan for action. In addition to providing a road map for the Mid-Coast, our local plan will inform future updates to Oregon’s statewide strategy. This is our opportunity to chart a new path forward for our community and the state.
The Benefits of Partnership –
- Develop a common understanding of our water issues through discussion, sharing of knowledge, and examination of best practices.
- Coordinate current and future information gathering and data collection efforts.
- Develop a shared vision for our water future.
- Build cooperative relationships and foster networking among diverse water interests.
- Create a forum to explore innovative, out-of-the box solution to collective problems.
- Coordinate and leverage local and statewide resources to achieve the best results for our region.