GVMC is becoming increasingly
involved in issues surrounding our natural environment and its resources.
Centering around the Regional Environmental Planning Agency, (formerly
the Metropolitan Water and Sewer Planning Agency), there has been a demonstrated
need for this organization to study, evaluate and make recommendations
about avoiding environmentally harmful aspects of human support systems
(such as utilities, roads, stormwater handling, power transmission, communications,
water treatment, etc.) and how to design such systems in smarter ways
making the best long-term use of our existing natural environment.
has also become a central point for organizing and promoting coordinated
regional participation in NPDES II program requirements of USEPA,
a large watershed initiative known as the Lower Grand project.
The Rogue River Watershed Council has also organized as an Agency
of GVMC and is currently operating as a planning subregion within
the Blueprint II Regional Development Framework process.