Willamette Water Monthly Issue 10
May 19, 2015 
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Protecting Natural Resources along the Preferred Route

Information about natural resources is essential to planning for and building the Willamette Water Supply System. Locations of wildlife areas and wetlands were considered in the planning of the preferred route for the new Willamette supply pipeline. Biologists are currently conducting wetland surveys along the preferred route for the pipeline and at the site of the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant (WRWTP). This fieldwork is expected to be completed by the end of May 2015.  
The goal of this work is to help further refine the pipeline design and reduce impacts to natural areas. Where impacts cannot be avoided, Water Supply Program staff will work with resource agencies and stakeholders to identify mitigation opportunities within the watershed that benefit fish and wildlife.   
Ecologists map wetlands and other natural resources so pipeline designers have the information they need to avoid impacts as much as possible. 
National Public Works Week is May 17-23, 2015
Designated in 1960, National Public Works Week celebrates the tens of thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.
It’s easy to take drinking water delivery for granted. We don’t often think about the Public Works’ employees who construct the pipe in the ground, run our water systems, and are available at all hours to make sure our communities have safe and reliable water on demand, every day. Willamette Water Supply Program staff acknowledge and thank the hardworking Public Works staff across Oregon who help provide our clean, safe drinking water.    
More than 80% of Americans Believe Securing Sustainable Water Supplies to Be a National Priority 
The Value of Water Coalition* recently released poll results on the importance of water to Americans. The survey was commissioned by the Value of Water Coalition and conducted online by Harris Poll. The findings include:
   •  Eighty-two percent of Americans think it is important or extremely important to invest in strategies and programs that develop sustainable water supplies.

   •  After explaining that the primary source of funding to modernize and repair water infrastructure is the revenue collected by local water and wastewater providers from their customers, more than half of respondents agreed that water bills could increase to pay repair and modernize water and wastewater infrastructure.

In keeping with these goals, the Willamette Water Supply Program will provide a  reliable and resilient water supply system by 2026 that benefits current and future generations of the communities we serve and supports a vibrant local economy.

To learn more about the coalition click here:
*The Value of Water Coalition is comprised of public and private water agencies, business and community leaders, and national organizations united in communicating the importance of water to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of America.
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