Drinking Water Protection Plan

Help Us Protect Our Drinking Water on September 21, 2020

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.

The first public meeting will be held via Zoom on September 21 at 11 am. 

At this meeting, we will gather feedback from community members on the risks we have identified so far and how we have prioritized those risks. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still view a recording of the meeting and provide feedback.

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

How to Participate in the Public Meeting 

When: September 21 at 11 am

Link to join: Zoom meeting   Click Here 

Call-in audio number

Dial by your location

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 874 7698 7539

Passcode: 417139

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kewhFS9w0b

Can’t participate in the meeting at 11 am? No worries! Following the meeting, we will post a recording of the meeting on this webpage through September 30 Click Here  .

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