GSI developed a drought contingency plan for watershed that was approved by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) in the spring of 2018. Work included developing a drought monitoring framework to establish agreement about what local conditions indicate drought, and conducting a vulnerability assessment to identify the most susceptible resources in a drought. GSI also helped to establish mitigation actions to create resiliency to future droughts, and response measures that can be implemented in drought conditions. Finally, we helped establish an administrative framework to keep all actions moving forward, and an annual plan review process to incorporate improvements and new information over time.
The effort is in partnership with the Santiam Water Control District, North Santiam Watershed Council, City of Salem, and Marion County; and funded in part by USBR.
GSI’s work involved:
Map of the North Santiam watershed
Meeting of the drought mitigation work group.