Having a reliable water supply is very important to our communities and the region. Scoggins Dam is the centerpiece of Washington County’s water supply and a major asset to the region.
More than 15 years ago, community leaders started working on the Tualatin Basin Water Supply Project and identified a dam raise alternative to store more water for the region.
It makes little sense to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to secure a dam without simultaneously allowing for increased water supply. The sustained and recurring droughts in Oregon and other western states underscore the need to address not only the threat of earthquakes but also the threat of water shortages. The integration of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams improvements with the Tualatin Basin Water Supply Project would allow federal, state and local agencies to leverage their shared investments in order to protect public safety, secure the region’s primary water supply and meet the long-term needs of our community.