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Protection and Stewardship

Careful and responsible management, stewardship, and protection of the Bull Run drinking water supply are vital to maintaining water quality and public health. Protection of the streams, rivers, and forest within the watershed began in 1893 with a presidential declaration. Today, federal legislation, state law, and city code guide and strengthen protections that preserve this resource for future generations.

The Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Agreement guides cooperative management and protection of the watershed. The agreement serves as a partnership guide for the long-term stewardship of the Bull Run watershed. It describes the distinct and joint stewardship roles of the City of Portland and the USDA Forest Service as well as how the agencies will coordinate on future activities. The agreement articles nine specific areas to frame the joint stewardship effort:

  • Security and access control
  • Fire prevention and suppression
  • Road maintenance
  • Protection and restoration of public and private lands' streams to improve aquatic habitat
  • Protection of threatened and endangered species under the provision of the Endangered Species Act
  • Control of invasive weeds
  • Collection of water quality, water quantity, and meteorological data
  • Education the public through conservation education

The agreement establishes semi-annual public working group meetings. At these meetings, City and Forest Service staff reviews work plans, budgets, and staff assignments. They also communicate about accomplishments and issues that arise during the course of management activities. The meetings are held in the spring and fall of each year. An annual report is presented at the spring meeting.  The final Annual Report from the spring 2014 meeting can be downloaded and viewed here.

The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau/ Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run Working Group meetings which occur in spring and fall.

The spring 2015 meeting is on Wednesday April 22, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland. View the agenda here. The Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Annual Report is available here.


Bull Run Agreement

This joint document between the USDA Forest Service and Portland Water Bureau guides the day-to-day management of the watershed.

City of Portland Protections

City of Portland code amendments establish further watershed protections.

Federal Protections

Federal legislation has protected the Bull Run since it was designated a Forest Reserve in 1894.