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Willamette Water 2100

Concerns over the future of water in the American West have prompted scientists from three Oregon universities to join together to study how climate change, human population growth and economic growth will impact water availability and use in the coming decades.

The five-year project, "Willamette Water 2100," managed by the Institute for Water and Watersheds, will use Oregon's Willamette River Basin as a test case from which to look at different future scenarios related to the region's water supplies. The work is being funded by a $4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support work at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

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This short story, told with voices and images, offers a broad overview of the where we have come from and where we might be going as citizens of the Willamette Valley. From settler descriptions of the fertile valley they found in 1854 to modern dairy farmers trying to protect their farms from urban sprawl, the story offers a wide range of opinions from planners, farmers, scientists, and more. As an introduction to the Willamette River Basin Planning Atlas, it gives examples of how the valley might look in 2050 in terms of urban development, agriculture, forestry, and wildlife. If you think your decisions can make a difference in the quality of life for everyone in the Valley, this story is for you.

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