Clean Drinking Water Starts Upstream Workshops
In 2018, EPA sponsored a series of watershed workshops with land practitioners like the conservation district, salmon restoration entities, Tribal staff, Forest Service, county staff, and drinking water utilities from targeted watersheds. They discussed collaborative opportunities to improve water quality for drinking water and fish in watersheds. In addition to presentations and group discussion, each workshop included a tour of a water treatment plant in order to introduce land practitioners to the complex processes of making safe water. A funding matrix for source water protection was developed to help utilities and practitioners identify restoration and source water protection funding sources. Workshop material is available below.
About the Partnership
The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is a collaboration of the Geos Institute, USDA Forest Service Region 6, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Washington Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management OR/WA Office, and WildEarth Guardians.
Together, we coordinate an annual, competitive grant solicitation and award program for environmental conservation and restoration projects in municipal watersheds across the Northwest.
The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is inviting project proposals for 2020.
Download the DWPP flyer
The Partners share a common vision that watershed restoration is an important and effective way to provide clean, inexpensive drinking water to communities and protect native fish populations, particularly when downstream and upstream users work together.
“Starting with the highest quality source water possible is the best assurance that treated drinking water will reliably and continually meet public health standards.”
- Dave Leland, former Manager of Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Services
Our goals are to:
- Restore and protect the health of watersheds which communities depend upon for drinking water while also benefiting aquatic and riparian ecosystems, including the native fish that inhabit them.
- Support local partnerships between drinking water providers, landowners, and restoration practitioners.
We ran our first solicitation in 2015 and made our first awards in 2016. You can learn more via the following materials:
Past solicitation materials:
“One of the USDA Forest Service’s primary missions is to help ensure the abundant clean water critical to individuals and industries across the U.S. through our work in sustaining national forests and grasslands. The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is an example of how we, in partnership with others, fulfill this purpose. By pairing Forest Service watershed restoration experts with drinking water providers, we can protect and restore municipal watersheds across on National Forest and other lands.”
– Jim Pena, Regional Forester
The members of the DWPP look forward to working with you to foster working partnerships between water providers and restoration practitioners throughout Oregon and Washington. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the following individuals with questions:
- The Freshwater Trust, Mark McCollister, Habitat Restoration Director, 503-222-9091