Protection and restoration of our drinking watersheds can only happen in collaboration with many different groups. We work closely with a broad range of stakeholders, including local water managers, land owners, state and federal agencies, and elected officials, to build connections and create opportunities that lead to successful on-the-ground restoration and conservation actions. Our focus is serving communities in Oregon and Washington that are interested in addressing water quality and supply concerns via upstream habitat improvement, but aren’t equipped to take on projects alone.
One of our most important roles is acting as a bridge between sometimes disparate stakeholders, highlighting opportunities for partnership and mutual achievement. Those working in drinking water treatment and delivery intuitively understand the importance of intact ecosystems to drinking water quality, but few are aware of the full spectrum of opportunities they might have to impact the condition of headwater streams. Working Waters connects water managers with organizations they may not have previously considered as partners, but that can help make substantial contributions to achieving drinking water and water management goals.
The stakeholders we work with regularly include:
- Local utilities and water management organizations
- Local government
- The U.S. Forest Service
- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- State Department of Health agencies
- State Department of Environmental Quality agencies