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Oregon Water Science Center
2130 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 251-3200
Fax: (503) 251-3470
E-mail: info-or@usgs.gov

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ABOUT THE OREGON WSC

Oregon Water Use Program

BACKGROUND

With the ever-increasing rate of utilization of and competition for water (particularly during periods of drought) accurate, current water-use information is of considerable value. This is particularly so in determining future water availability in hydrologically critical areas and for making sound resource-management decisions. For the Oregon Water Science Center, a viable water-use data-collection program complements the ongoing surface and groundwater data programs and provides the data necessary for developing a comprehensive picture of Statewide water resources.

WATER USE PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

The objective of the program is to provide Statewide water-use information for the optimum management and use of the Nation's water resources for the overall benefit of the people. Water Use compilations have been done throughout the United States< every 5 years since 1950.

SCOPE

The program includes collection, storage, and dissemination of water-use related data, both offstream and onstream, to compliment data on water availability and development and operation of systems to handle the data. The program must be responsive to the data needs of local users, the USGS, and other Federal agencies. The program area includes the State of Oregon and other project-defined boundaries for Oregon Water Science Center hydrologic investigations.

WATER USE COMPILATIONS

2010 Compilation Results

For Water Year 2010, the most recent compilation, the Oregon Water Science Center compiled water use data for the following offstream categories: Irrigation, Public Supply, Aquaculture, Industrial, Thermoelectric, and Domestic Self-Served. Mining and Livestock categories were compiled by the USGS Office of Ground Water. Water-use data were compiled by county and major aquifer. To maintain consistency among the other USGS Water Science Centers, the Oregon Water Science Center followed the USGS Water Use 2005 Compilation Guidelines.

RETRIEVE 2010 WATER USE DATA

Retrieve 2010 U.S. data

Retrieve 2010 Oregon data

ADDITIONAL DATA AND REPORTS

Online Reports

Printed Publications

Scanned versions can be downloaded from the USGS Publications Warehouse after installation of free viewing software available at the Web site.

  • Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4080. Estimated Water-Use and General Hydrologic Conditions for Oregon, 1985 and 1990, by Tyson M. Broad and Charles A. Collins, 166 p.
  • USGS Circular 1200 Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 1995, by Wayne B. Solley, Robert R. Pierce, and Howard A. Perlman, 71 p.
  • USGS Circular 1279 Estimated Withdrawals from Principal Aquifers in the United States, 2000, by Molly A.Maupin and Nancy L. Barber, 46 p.

STUDIES

The Oregon Water Science Center Water Use program in recent years has participated in three major ground-water investigations. All were multiyear, cooperative projects with Federal, State, county, or local agencies. Below are the links to the web pages that contain water-use results from these projects:

Glossary of Water-Use Terms

Data Dictionary Terms

National Water Use Program

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