LUBGWMA Committee


LUBGWMA Committee Rural Residential Community Representative Position Vacancy

Job Description:
The Lower Umatilla Groundwater Management Area (LUBGWMA) Committee seeks an experienced and motivated Rural Residential Community Representative (volunteering position).
The candidate will serve the role of 11th member and will fill the 2nd voting member for the Public Category among the 10 categories established by the Department of Environmental Quality for the LUBGWMA Committee. In addition, the successful candidate will serve as a liaison between the LUBGWMA Committee and the rural residential communities within the LUBGWMA. Members serve as representatives for other like entities/interests in their category and should bring balanced insights from both Umatilla and Morrow County.
• Participate in LUBGWMA Committee meetings and provide input from the rural residential communities
• Participate in LUBGWMA Committee meetings, cast votes for the Public Category, and involve in the LUBGWMA Committee decision-making process.
• Represent the interest of non-municipal residents of the LUBGWMA to the LUBGWMA Committee
• Attend relevant meetings and events to stay informed and up to date on LUBGWMA Committee-related matters
• Provide feedback and input to the LUBGWMA Committee on the implementation of initiatives
• Liaise in the effort of the LUBGWMA Committee to educate rural residential communities about LUBGWMA Committee goals and initiatives and nitrate pollution and its effects
• Knowledge of rural residential communities and their needs
• Awareness of nitrate contamination in groundwater and the LUBGWMA
• Ability to communicate and interact with a diverse group
• Ability to participate in and lead community outreach and public engagement
• The candidate should be a LUBGWMA resident
Please send your nominations to Chair, LUBGWMA Committee via email [email protected]. The nomination should include a letter of interest that explains the candidates’ qualifications, clearly stating their interest and qualification in serving in the vacant position. The nomination package may include any supporting documents. Applications should be received by February 28th, 2023

Drinking Water Source Protection Funding Announcement

The Oregon Health Authority – Drinking Water Services (OHA-DWS) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) from public water systems for Drinking Water Source Protection Projects. This year the LOI application period is open from January 23 through March 22, 2023.

This funding, in the form of grants and low interest loans, is intended to provide financial assistance to eligible water systems for the implementation of projects that help protect their existing drinking water sources (groundwater and surface water) from contaminates. Eligible public water systems can apply for grants of up to $50,000 and loans of up to $100,000 per water system. They can also coordinate with other eligible water systems in their vicinity and combine funding for larger “regional” projects. Example projects include mapping and risk assessment of drinking water supply areas, resiliency assessments, emergency/spill prevention planning, landowner outreach and education, land conservation and restoration, ensuring proper private well abandonment, and developing local drinking water source protection plans and ordinances. For information regarding the LOI application process, eligibility, funding (loans and grants) and rating process, go to

A Spanish Version of the Flyer can be found here to be circulated among the community