Drinking Water Protection Plan

Drinking Water Protection Plan Public Meeting


Interested in providing input on how our community can protect its drinking water resources? Join the City of Yachats for a public Zoom meeting to weigh in on this important issue.

The City has been developing a Drinking Water Protection Plan through a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. Public feedback has been an integral component of this process, and we want to thank everyone who attended the public meeting in September and provided comments.

A second public meeting will be held via Zoom on April 27 at 11 am. At this meeting, we will gather feedback on the draft Drinking Water Protection Plan, including the proposed strategies for protecting our water sources. If you cannot attend the meeting, you will be able to view a recording of the meeting and provide feedback.

Before the meeting, we encourage you to review the Drinking Water Protection Plan (PDF)(To be posted online by April 6) 

Since early 2020, the planning process has brought together a team of community stakeholders and technical experts to identify potential risks to the City’s drinking water sources and create locally appropriate strategies for protecting our water supply.

Reedy Creek and Salmon Creek, two tributaries of the Yachats River, provide the City’s current drinking water supply. Protecting the City’s water sources and maintaining healthy watersheds will enable the City to continue providing a clean and reliable water supply into the future

April 27 Public Meeting Agenda

  • Provide an overview of the Drinking Water Protection Plan process
  • Describe proposed strategies for protecting water sources
  • Describe the proposed implementation plan for those strategies
  • Describe water shortage contingency planning efforts
  • Gather public input on the draft plan and proposed strategies

How to Participate in the Public Meeting 

When: April 27 at 11 am

Link to join Zoom meeting: To be posted online a few days prior to the meeting

Call-in audio number: To be posted online a few days prior to the meeting

Can’t make it to the meeting at 11 am? Your thoughts still count! Following the meeting, we will post a recording on this webpage through May 4.

If you were not able to participate in the meeting:  

Click Here for April Presentation

Click Here for Meeting Notes:  April notes will be posted shortly after

Click Here for Yachats DWPP Local Team Members and Technical Advisors

Next Steps

We will incorporate public feedback from the April meeting into the final draft of the Drinking Water Protection Plan. The final draft will be submitted for City Council approval and then to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for approval in June 2021.

How to Ask Questions and Provide Comments

If you have any comments or questions about the draft Drinking Water Protection Plan,  please contact Suzanne de Szoeke at sdeszoeke@gsiws.com or 541-257-9006.  Suzanne is a water resources consultant at GS Water Solutions, Inc. the firm that is helping the City of Yachats with this effort.

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