State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007OR95B
Title: Protecting Our Vital Resource: City of Corvallis Drinking Water Protection Plan and Outreach Strategy
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: Oregon 4th
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Management and Planning, Law, Institutions, and Policy
Keywords: drinking water source protection; Willamette basin management; risk reduction; Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996
Principal Investigators: Campana, Michael; Jarvis, Todd (Oregon State University)
Federal Funds: $ 10,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 22,253
Abstract: Drinking water source protection is one of the multiple barriers for ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water. A protected drinking water source is a sustainable resource for the community. By protecting the source of the public water supply, a community reduces the risk to public health of contamination, avoids the cost of pollution remediation and promotes environmental stewardship. The City of Corvallis seeks to develop a certified Drinking Water Protection Plan and a detailed risk-reduction plan for the high and moderate risks within the source water protection area as identified and delineated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The City will also engage upstream and downstream communities and develop outreach strategies to foster water stewardship among residents. The primary goal of the Drinking Water Protection Program is to reduce the risk of contamination of the public water supply. To achieve this goal, the program will address the facilities and land use activities that pose high or moderate risks for contaminating the public water supply. In addition, recent and pending changes in land use law in Oregon associated with Ballot Measures 37 and 49 will be investigated for potential impacts to sensitive drinking water source areas. To promote long-term health of the watershed, the City will develop an innovative, collaborative, and cooperative approach to educate children about the importance of safe water and water conservation. A secondary goal of the Drinking Water Protection Program is to limit the impacts of disruption of drinking water supply due to natural or human-induced contamination. To achieve this goal, a contingency plan will be developed through the cooperation of multiple local agencies and upstream and downstream communities.

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