What is the Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative?

The Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative is a mechanism for stakeholders to collaborate on critical water allocation and management issues in the Deschutes Basin, and develop strategies to meet stream flow, ecological, agricultural, and community needs for water. The DBWC was built on the momentum of the Upper Deschutes Basin Study Working Group, the Water Summit convened by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the State of Oregon in the fall of 2018, as well as the legacy of the Deschutes Water Alliance.

Mission Statement

DBWC will work together to achieve balance of water use in the Deschutes Basin. DBWC will work cooperatively to:

  • Build clear, consistent communication across the Deschutes Basin among water users, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Support water projects in the Basin that advance DBWC goals and consensus agreements.
  • Support policies that advance DBWC goals and consensus agreements, and which balance water needs for the Basin.
  • Develop a comprehensive Deschutes Basin Water Plan for the Basin aligned with the state of Oregon’s Place-Based Integrated Water Resources Planning model.


The ultimate focus and framing of this effort is the entire Deschutes Basin. However, due in large part to momentum created by the Upper Deschutes Basin Study and Basin Study Working Group efforts, some areas are more ready for coordinated and collaborative implementation in the short term. Therefore, the initial focus will be on implementation activities involving the Upper and Middle Deschutes River main stem. There will be “cross-walks” to the Crooked River, Metolius, and Lower Deschutes Basins to ensure that actions on behalf of the Upper and Middle Deschutes do not have unintended consequences for the remainder of the Basin. Further, this effort will support the development of capacity to undertake similar collaborative engagement in other parts of the Basin, which could include research, outreach, identification of key issues, and action planning.

Who is part of DBWC?

Members of the Working Group that have adopted the DBWC Charter are as follows:

Oregon Governor’s Office; Oregon Dept. of Agriculture; Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality; Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife; Oregon Water Resources Dept.; US Fish & Wildlife Service; US Forest Service; Oregon Environmental Council; Arnold Irrigation District; Central Oregon Irrigation District; Deschutes Soil & Water Conservation District; Lone Pine Irrigation District; North Unit Irrigation District; Ochoco Irrigation District; Water for Life; Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council; Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; Crook County; Jefferson County; League of Women Voters – Deschutes County; Avion Water Company; Central Oregon Cities Organization; City of Bend; City of La Pine; City of Prineville; City of Redmond; Central Oregon LandWatch; Yancy Lind (Citizen); Crooked River Watershed Council; Deschutes River Conservancy; Great Old Broads for Wilderness; Oregon Natural Desert Association; Sunriver Anglers; Trout Unlimited – Deschutes Redband Chapter; Trout Unlimited (State Office); Upper Deschutes Watershed Council; WaterWatch of Oregon; Portland General Electric; Coalition for the Deschutes.

For a complete membership list, please see the linked roster: DBWC Roster 4_14_2021

For more about the DBWC, please check out the latest version of the Charter: 2020_11_17_DBWC Charter

The DBWC Working Group meets on the fourth Monday of even-numbered months (eg. August 24, 2020) from 1-3:30pm via Zoom. The Zoom information is available in the meeting agenda.

August 23, 2021

June 28, 2021

April 26, 2021

February 22, 2021

*November 16, 2020 (Please note that this is an a-typical meeting date)

August 24, 2020

June 22, 2020

April 27, 2020

The DBWC Planning Team meets on the first Friday of even-numbered months (eg. December 4, 2020) from 1-3pm via Zoom. The Zoom information is available in the meeting agenda.

October 1, 2021

  • Meeting materials will be posted one week before the meeting

August 6, 2021

June 4, 2021

April 2, 2021

February 5, 2o21

December 4, 2020

October 9, 2020

September 11, 2020

July 10, 2020

June 12, 2020

May 8, 2020

April 10, 2020

The DBWC Groundwater Committee meets on the first Thursday of every odd-numbered month from 1-3pm via Zoom. The Zoom information is available in the meeting agenda.

September 2, 2021

  • Meeting materials will be posted one week before the meeting

August 5, 2021

March 4, 2021

December 9, 2020

Meeting information to come soon

Resources to come.


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