PROJECT NEWS AND UPDATES
RESOURCES for CITIES and COUNTIES
Water Resources Action Kit (PPT)
(Download PowerPoint Viewer)
Local Wetland and Riparian Area Inventory Reports and Maps
Model Safe Harbor Wetland Code
ESEE Analysis Template
Non-regulatory and incentive program options
Statewide Planning Goals 5 and 6 inventory, assessment, and protection options to consider
Lessons from light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology in wetland and waterway identification
Project Area Map
Oregon Freshwater Wetlands Assessment Methodology
Eight rural cities in three counties in Oregon's Willamette River Valley worked together for three years to prevent impacts on important water resources as growth occurs. The project provides an example of how multiple jurisdictions can work together on a common issue as well as some water resource planning "tools" that may be useful for other cities.
Using a regional planning agency (Lane Council of Governments) and working within Oregon's Land Use framework, this project inventoried, assessed, and prioritized wetland and riparian areas in and around each city. Bringing the cities (respective counties) together as a team provided increased resources and benefits in a cost effective and coordinated manner. The region now has a growth dynamic that better protects significant natural resources and reflects thorough stakeholder involvement. The combined funds of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Land Conservation and Development, and local partners supported the work of the project.
Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) formed a broad partnership of jurisdictions, agencies, and other related organizations. LCOG served as the overall project coordinator facilitating communication, meetings, contracts and being responsible for project deliverables. City, county and agency staff also played an active and vital role in the partnership.
BENEFITS to PARTNERS
Meet state requirements and gain a vital understanding of important water resources
Centralized project management, outreach, and mapping functions
Increased process clarity, insight and positive synergy through collaboration
Higher levels of local support and transparency
Better political climate for similar future efforts
A better foundation for sustained economic and social prosperity through a healthier natural infrastructure
Coordinated momentum on water resource issues