Contrary to the belief that Oregon populace is blessed with fresh and plentiful water supply, Oregons are actually facing water scarcity at the moment. Oregon is famous for plentiful rainfall and snowpack however this is not helping much when it comes to providing clean water for consumption. The future of water in Oregon is insecure and to make it secure what is needed is an integrated water strategy.
There are many factors responsible for the water scarcity in Oregon. The ground water levels have dropped to an extreme level. In addition to this, the rivers and streams have faced the brunt of the habitat and species loses. The use of water is not limited to drinking alone. Water is also used for agricultural, industrial and recreational purposes along with using water for fish and wildlife. To meet the increasing demand for water long term strategic planning must be initiated than only Oregon’s water future will be safe and secure.
Prior to embarking on any strategic planning important factors such as changes in population, climate change, land use and the like must be taken into consideration. Water conservation must be done and provision should be made for recycling of water. Other methods such as underground water storage and multi-purpose water storage should also be put into practice for water conservation.