Oregon Water Use Program

Science Center Objects

With the ever-increasing rate of utilization of and competition for water (particularly during periods of drought) accurate, current water-use information is of considerable value. This is particularly so in determining future water availability in hydrologically critical areas and for making sound resource-management decisions. For the Oregon Water Science Center, a viable water-use data-collection program complements the ongoing surface and groundwater data programs and provides the data necessary for developing a comprehensive picture of Statewide water resources.


The objective of the program is to provide Statewide water-use information for the optimum management and use of the Nation's water resources for the overall benefit of the people. Water Use compilations have been done throughout the United States< every 5 years since 1950. 


The program includes collection, storage, and dissemination of water-use related data, both offstream and onstream, to compliment data on water availability and development and operation of systems to handle the data. The program must be responsive to the data needs of local users, the USGS, and other Federal agencies. The program area includes the State of Oregon and other project-defined boundaries for Oregon Water Science Center hydrologic investigations.

2010 Compilation Results

For Water Year 2010, the most recent compilation, the Oregon Water Science Center compiled water use data for the following offstream categories: Irrigation, Public Supply, Aquaculture, Industrial, Thermoelectric, and Domestic Self-Served. Mining and Livestock categories were compiled by the USGS Office of Ground Water. Water-use data were compiled by county and major aquifer. To maintain consistency among the other USGS Water Science Centers, the Oregon Water Science Center followed the USGS Water Use 2005 Compilation Guidelines.