Commissioner Craig Pope (Polk County) and the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) County Solutions program recently secured a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to address place-based water planning and align community and regional needs.

The grant would allow for an assessment to be conducted on statewide public, private, and civic stakeholder interests in supporting water planning by engaging stakeholders to identify interest, need, and process of conducting inventories.

“I’m thankful for the generosity of the Oregon Community Foundation, and excited to see this process get underway. We need to identify collaborative approaches on water policy. Every county could benefit from a clear process that brings stakeholders together to address issues critical to the community like water investment needs. This grant will set us up for success and move us in the right direction,” said Pope of the grant.

AOC County Solutions will be working on putting together the assessment to determine next steps.

Contributed by: Megan Chuinard | Public Affairs Associate