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Look here for current events and ways to get involved with the Lower John Day Working Group Place Based Water Resource Planning Effort



In 2016 the Lower John Day Basin Working Group received a grant from Oregon Water Resources Department to engage in a collaborative water planning effort to prioritize and address water challenges and plan for a sustainable water future.

Our goal is to hear the voice of the community in a locally-led, voluntary, and non-regulatory process.

Together, we will use the best available science and resources to look at water quality, quantity, and ecosystem needs in developing sustainable solutions for our future.

Through the Placed-Based Planning effort we will identify regional solutions to efficiently develop, conserve, store, and utilize water to meet both instream and out-of-stream needs. With collective understanding of our local water conditions, we will gain the knowledge and ability to evaluate current and future needs, allowing us to develop a vision for our future. With our combined efforts we will have the tools we need to create a proper plan for our water future.


2016 - Step 1: Create a Collaborative Process

2018 - Step 2: Understand the System & Identify Solutions

2019 - Step 3: Identify Water Demands 

2019-2020 - Step 4: Identify and Prioritize Solutions

2020 - Step 5: Develop Water Resource Plan

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Lower John Day Working Group has earned its positive reputation because we go out of our way to provide truly exceptional service to each of our customers. We understand that your needs can change last minute, and we’re ready to adapt our services quickly to ensure your success. Read on to learn more about what we can do for you.

-  Gilliam County Soil & Water Conservation District
-  Gilliam - East John Day Watershed Council
-  Mid John Day - Bridge Creek Watershed Council
-  Natural Resources Conservation Service
-  Oregon Natural Desert Association
-  Sherman County Area Watershed Council
-  Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District
-  Gilliam County Cattlemen Association
-  The Freshwater Trust
-  WaterWatch of Oregon
-  Oregon Department of Agriculture
-  Oregon Water Resources Department
-  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
-  Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs
-  Wheeler Soil & Water Conservation District
-  Sustainable Northwest
-  The Conservation Angler


For questions, contact:

Debbi Bunch                                                                            Herb Winters 

Mid John Day - Bridge Creek  Watershed Council               Gilliam Soil & Water Conservation District

midjohndaywc@wheelerswcd.org                                         herb.gilliamswcd@gmail.com

      541-468-2990                                                                     541-384-2672 ext.110


This is one of our most popular services available. It’s made a big difference for many of our customers, and is provided with the highest level of excellence. With this service, we ensure all details are simple, seamless and handled in a timely manner. Whenever you work with Lower John Day Place Based Planning, you can trust that you’re in great hands.

This report provides data and analysis on water quantity, water quality, and ecological health and issues in the Lower John Day Basin.

This report examines current and future water needs for the people, the economy, and the environment of the Lower John Day Basin.

This report outlines 19 critical issues the Work Group identified that impede the lower Basin's ability to meet both instream and out-of-stream water needs. Along with each critical issue are a set of strategies that, when put into place, will address or help to overcome the critical issue of concern.

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Lower John Day Working Group is committed to hearing the voice of the community. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.

Debbi Bunch                                                                            Herb Winters 

Mid-John Day/Bridge Creek  Watershed Council               Gilliam Soil & Water Conservation District

midjohndaywc@wheelerswcd.org                                         herb.gilliamswcd@gmail.com

541-468-2990                                                                           541-384-2672 ext.110

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 Come visit your local SWCD or Watershed Council

in Gilliam, Sherman, or Wheeler County

Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed


Upcoming Events

  • Lower John Day Working Group PBP Meeting #58
    May 17, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Condon, 234 S Main St, Condon, OR 97823, USA
    May 17th at 10 am, our first in-person meeting in over two years! We will be meeting at the USDA Service Center offices in Condon, Oregon at 10 am. I