Stakeholder Feedback

Oregon is known for its clean and relatively abundant water. This is due to both favorable climate and the infrastructure we built in the 19th and 20th centuries to effectively move water from its source to where it is used. As has been identified in Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy, three forces combine to place significant stress on Oregon’s water: 1) climate change and associated increases in fire, drought and flooding, 2) a half century of underinvestment in built and natural water infrastructure, and 3) our changing population and associated development – growing in some areas, shrinking in others. These factors impact the quality and quantity of water for our communities, including water in our rivers, streams, and aquifers. Simply put, if we are not willing to roll up our sleeves and work together to invest in our natural and built water systems, we place the safety of our communities, the health of our people and environment, and Oregon’s economic future at risk.

To address changes in climate and population dynamics, Oregon will steward its water resources to ensure clean and abundant water for our people, our economy and our environment, now and for future generations. Strategic investments and policies will result in resilient natural and built water systems across the state to support safe and healthy communities, vibrant local economies and a healthy environment.

We want to spend this fall getting feedback on the goals and problems we are trying to address by connecting with stakeholders across the State, and this is one tool we’ll be using. Our team will continue to listen, learn, and gather information throughout the fall and this is a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts. Please answer the questions below to help us refine the goals and problem statements of Oregon’s Water Vision.

Any personal information that you chose to share will be confidential and will not be shared with the public.

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* 1. The goals of the Oregon's 100-Year Water Vision are as follows:

· Health: Secure, safe, accessible, and healthy water for current and future Oregonians.
· Economy: Adequate and clean ground and surface water to support economic vitality for all Oregonians.
· Environment: Access for native fish and wildlife to the cool, clean water they need to thrive.
· Safety: Resilient water supply and flood protection systems that can face natural hazards such as floods and drought.

Do these goals represent your relationship to and usage of water? If not, what goals do you feel are missing, or what changes do you suggest to the current wording?

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* 2. The overarching problem statement regarding the state’s water infrastructure is: Oregon’s water infrastructure has served us well, but is showing its age. We have under-invested in natural and built infrastructure to meet the needs of a vibrant 21st century Oregon.  Additional specific challenges are also identified. They include:

· Without modern water supply systems and access to water in emergencies, Oregonians risk not having water available when it’s needed for healthy people and communities, and a strong economy. 
· Without resilient built and natural systems that keep our water cool and clean, our residents - and our fish and wildlife - are increasingly vulnerable to the health risks associated with lack of access to clean water.
· Without upgraded levees, dams, tide gates and the natural protection of wetlands and estuaries, our communities are less safe, and at increased risk of damage from catastrophic flooding.
· Without concerted investments so all Oregonians can access clean and adequate water, many disproportionately impacted communities will fall further behind in addressing their water needs.
· Without strong community capacity and connected ways to make strategic water investment decisions at the local, regional, and state levels, local communities will not be prepared to take advantage of large-scale water infrastructure funding opportunities. 
· Without the latest water data needed to make effective decisions, and intentional approaches to test new ideas, water systems will perennially fall short to provide for Oregon’s water needs.

Do the identified problems reflect the concerns you have surrounding the future of you or your community’s water security? If not, what problems do you feel are missing, or what changes do you suggest in the current wording?

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* 3. This is a continuous listening and learning process. While this will not be your only opportunity to provide feedback, please share any other thoughts that you have about Oregon’s 100-Year Water Vision.

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