The Water Action Team 

Shawala Point  Confluence of the Mary's and Willamette Rivers in Corvallis, Oregon. Photo by Dave Eckert

Shawala Point Confluence of the Mary’s and Willamette Rivers in Corvallis, Oregon. Photo by Dave Eckert


Here are the Water Action Team’s current projects:

 

Three Waters Project

logoThe Water Action Team is completing a water efficiency demonstration site at the First Alternative Natural Foods South Store on SE 3rd Street in Corvallis. The project is reducing the tapwater usage, wastewater discharge and stormwater discharge into municipal stormwater pipes by 50% over the 2008 baseline numbers. We are using both ancient and state-of-the art techniques. For more info, click Three Waters.

 

Stormwater pipe discharging runoff and groundwater from Reser Stadium into Oak Creek. Photo by Dave Eckert

Stormwater pipe discharging runoff and groundwater from Reser Stadium into Oak Creek. Photo by Dave Eckert

Oregon State University Stormwater Efficiency

The Water Action Team is partnering with various departments and organizations within OSU to analyze and reduce stormwater discharge to either the municipal treatment plant or directly into Oak Creek. For more information, click OSU Stormwater Program.

 

City Streams

The Water Action Team is partnering with the City and Corvallis non-profits to learn more about our local urban streams, engage the local population in reviving native aquatic stream life and improving the symbiotic relationship between residents and our urban streams. For more information, click City Streams.

Oak Creek  Downstream of Philomath Blvd., just before the creek’s confluence with the Marys River. Photo by Dave Eckert

Oak Creek downstream of Philomath Blvd., before the creek’s confluence with the Marys River.  Photo by Dave Eckert

 

 

 

Water: Vision

The vision of the water action team is that water conservation efforts decrease the amount of water city residents use, and streams and creeks are clean and clear.


Water: Goals

Goal 1: By 2050, there will be a 50% reduction in the water flow (quantity) from 2008 annual levels through the Corvallis municipal water systems (currently including the Taylor and Rock Creek Water Treatment Plants, Wastewater Treatment Plant, and storm water piping system).

Goal 2: By 2025, Corvallis watersheds will be revived to conditions that provide healthy habitat characteristics that support reproducing populations of cold water native fish as indicator species of aquatic health in Corvallis principal streams.

Water: Current Projects

 1. Three Waters – Plan and install a Sustainable Water Demonstration Site at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op South Store to demonstrate to the public how businesses and residences can reduce tap water use plus wastewater and stormwater discharge into municipal systems by 50% while maintaining current standards of living, health and convenience.

2. Dixon Creek Citizen Engagement - Engage property owners adjacent to Dixon Creek in the health and functioning of the stream. The City government has received EPA grant funding and has assumed primary responsibility for this project.

3. Jefferson Way Outfall Bioswale Project – Plan and construct an area along the west end of Jefferson Way at OSU that can treat the stormwater flowing out of the end of City stormwater pipes and treat the stormwater using natural biological methods prior to it entering Oak Creek.