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There are many ways to learn more about water use, management and conservation in Oregon. The following links and publications are intended as a starting point. You may also want to visit your local library or the office of your water supplier.
Online Resources
To be included in this list an entity had to be directly involved with Oregon water use and management issues. Resources are in alphabetical order. Links were verified in November 2002.
EPA: Environmental Web Site Database
Search by state, topic, or type (e.g., map). Site includes hundreds of URLs for environmental organizations. Very easy to use.
Know Your Watershed
Conservation Technology Information Center site, with emphasis on watershed pollutants, watershed partnerships and local goals.
NOAA Drought Monitor
State-by-state weekly report of current drought conditions and forecasts, generated by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Oregon State University: Water Connection
A new site, offering contacts and resources for "watershed councils, agencies, resource managers, and other folks interested in water and watershed issues in Oregon." Site content ranges from riparian planting suggestions to irrigation scheduling. Water-related questions can be submitted to OSU scientists.
Oregon Water Resources Department
In-depth information about Oregon water rights, resources and management.
Oregon Water Trust
A private, nonprofit group using a voluntary, market-based approach to water conservation and surface-water flow restoration.
Surf Your Watershed
Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this site helps citizens locate, use and share environmental information about their watersheds.
USGS: Water Use in the United States
Publications, comparisons, maps, educational resources and contacts.
USGS: Water Resources in the United States
News, data, technical resources and USGS water programs.
USGS Water Science for Schools
Online educational resources, ranging from a national atlas and classroom activities, a computer simulation and publications for educators.
Suggested Reading
Bastasch, R. Waters of Oregon: A Source Book on Oregon's Water and Water Management. Oregon State University Press, 1998.
Harden, B. A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia River. W.W. Norton, 1996.
Laenen, A. and Dunnette, D.A. River Quality: Dynamics and Restoration. Lewis Publishers, 1997.
McPhee, J. The Control of Nature. Noonday Press, 1990.
Reisner, M. Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water. Penguin, 1993.
Ward, A.D. and Elliot, W.J. Environmental Hydrology. CRC Press, 1995.
Worster, D. Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West. Oxford, 1992.
Online News and Streaming Audio
Drought Economics, NPR Weekend Edition September 21, 2002
This five-minute news interview featured Don Wilhite, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, discussing a national drought and the profound economic effects of extended drought on real estate, transportation, energy and food costs.
Klamath Water Basin, NPR All Things Considered March 29, 2002
An updated news report (4.5 minutes) on the water conflicts that began in Oregon's Klamath Basin in 2000 when the federal government cut off irrigation water to protect endangered fish.
Dealing With Dry Days, PBS NewsHour Special for Students, April 24, 2002
Extensive coverage of drought, including a variety of links to related stories, off-site information and educational resources for teachers.
We've Loved it to Death: A Look at the Rise of Problems on the Willamette River
On the Eugene School District Web site, featuring a series of articles originally published in the Register-Guard during December 2000.