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 ad- dress 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 solu- tions 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 & Step 4: Identify and Prioritize Solutions
2020 - Step 5: Develop Water Resource Plan
MEMBERS OF OUR COLLABORATIVE
- 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 Water Resources Department
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
- Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs
- Wheeler Soil & Water Conservation District
Currently seeking public comment on the Step 3 Report.
Read the whole thing or just a section and provide us with your feedback.
Comments due by November 22nd
To submit comments and for questions, contact:
Gilliam – East John Day Watershed Council
Come visit your local SWCD or Watershed Council
in Gilliam, Sherman, or Wheeler County
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm
GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR CONVENERS
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.
Mid-John Day/Bridge Creek Watershed Council Gilliam Soil & Water Conservation District
541-468-2990 541-384-2672 ext.110