Community Partner

Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership

First Advisor

Melissa Haeffner

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


Environmental Science and Management




Watershed management -- Citizen participation, Water-supply -- Government policy -- Oregon, Environmental justice, Fresh water -- Oregon -- Management




This work was primarily conducted by the Oregon Water Stories Project, an interdisciplinary research group at Portland State University, in collaboration with the Willamette Partnership, an environmental non-profit in Portland, and with additional involvement from community partner organizations across the state. The overarching goal of this paper is to explore the challenges and opportunities present at the intersections of water management, stakeholder engagement, community-engaged research, and environmental justice. This study investigates this nexus first through an evaluation of Oregon’s 100 Year Water Vision that points to areas for increased integration of environmental justice principles in water policymaking. In the second section of the study we examine the challenges and benefits of a community-engaged research approach to measuring water values in five communities across Oregon as an alternative model for stakeholder engagement in water governance. This case study uses the mixed-methods surveying approach called Q methodology and was adapted to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We describe and analyze this research process through a theoretical framework that compares stakeholder engagement and community-engaged research to draw out key components and broader implications.


© 2021 Clare T. McClellan

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A project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Management.

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