Drinking Water Protection Plan

Help Us Protect Our Drinking Water 

Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Health Authority, the City of Yachats is in the process of developing a Drinking Water Protection Plan. The plan will identify potential threats to the City’s drinking water sources and establish strategies for reducing or preventing those threats. Community input and feedback will help us better protect our shared drinking water supplies.

Our drinking water currently comes from Reedy and Salmon Creeks, two tributaries of the Yachats River. Any potential future water sources would likely also come from nearby watersheds. Protecting these water sources will improve the City’s ability to provide a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water for years to come.

The City has assembled a Drinking Water Protection Plan Team to guide development of the plan. The team consists of Yachats community members and technical experts in the region. The City is also holding two public meetings to seek feedback from community members and stakeholders.

September 21 Public Meeting Agenda

  • Introduce the Drinking Water Protection Plan: background, components, and process
  • Describe the City of Yachats water sources
  • Provide information on risks identified so far and their preliminary prioritization (high/medium/low risk)
    1. The major risk types identified have been grouped into the following categories (primarily based on land use): residential land management, agricultural management, forest management practices, and natural disasters.
  • Gather public input on risks and prioritization of those risks

If you were not able to participate in the meeting:  

Click Here for Presentation

Click Here for Meeting Notes

Click Here for Yachats DWPP Local Team Members and Technical Advisors

Next Steps

We will incorporate feedback from the September meeting into the plan and develop strategies to address the identified risks. The City will hold a second public meeting to seek feedback on the draft plan in April 2021

How to Ask Questions and Provide Comments

If you have questions about the meeting, or if you have any comments or questions about the risks to drinking water sources, please contact Suzanne de Szoeke at sdeszoeke@gsiws.com or 541-257-9006.

For additional information about source water protection:

Oregon Health Authority's Drinking Water Protection Program website

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Protection website