During the Past Year:

  • Hired a Planning Coordinator.

  • Participating in a Learning Initiative with Ford Family Foundation to discuss common issues across planning areas and developing best practices for Place-Based Planning efforts.

  • Presented at the Governor’s 100-Year Water Vision Conversation in Tillamook County.

  • Highlighted activities and accomplishments in the March issue of the Municipal Water Leader.

  • Hired a consultant to create two StoryMaps to inform, engage, and inspire people about the work that they are doing and the learning that has been accomplished during the past 3 years.

  • Work Groups finalized planning Step 3 (quantifying current and future water needs), and expanded on building working relationships among local residents, businesses, non-profits, and agencies.

  • Expanded the capacity of local leaders to support water planning, engage in outreach, and attract stakeholders to our process.

  • Hired a Project Team composed of Creative Resources Strategies, LLC, Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant to do collaborative and participatory process design, strategic group facilitation, and strategic plan writing for Planning Steps 4 & 5 July 1st.

  • Launched a new partnership website. 

Formed new collaborative relationships with diverse partners

  • Relationships built have led to bilateral agreements among the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, ODFW, and rural landowners to cooperate on projects that seek to improve aquatic habitat, instream flows, and water quality.

  • Relationships built led to the formation of a consortium of water providers in the planning area, with a view toward mutual aid and support, resource sharing, and, potentially, collaborative efforts to fund projects.

 Shared technical information, resources, and assistance among partners

  • Developed a shared baseline understanding of water resources in the Mid-Coast.

  • Developed technical reports on water quality, water quantity, ecology, and infrastructure.

Reached consensus as a collaborative on the following…

  • Developed and signed a governing charter by consensus, that lays out the vision, mission, values, structure, and decision-making process of the Partnership.

  • Developed and initiated a communication and outreach plan.

  • Securing grant funding to keep us moving forward.

  • Work Groups have supported grant applications for local domestic well water testing from OHA’s Drinking Water Safety Program.

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