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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 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 

2019-2020 - Step 4: Identify and Prioritize Solutions

2020 - Step 5: Develop Water Resource Plan



-  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


For questions, contact:

Debbi Bunch                                                                            Herb Winters 

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

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

Click above for a copy of the entire report.

Click above for a summary of the findings in the Step 3 Report.

Click above for additional contact information.







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                               

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



 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 #36
Tue, Mar 31
Mar 31, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Remote Meeting/ Conference Call 1 (872) 240-3212; Access Code: 385-955-045

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