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Portland Water Bureau
Water Resources Planning Manager
Resource Protection Work Group
Water planning, rights, and climate change


Lorna Stickel is the Water Resources Planning Manager for the Portland Water Bureau in the Resource Protection Work Group. She managed the development of the Portland Regional Water Supply Plan for the Portland metropolitan area adopted by 24 regional water providers in 1997 and updated in 2004. Lorna is the project manager for the Regional Water Providers Consortium for the Portland metropolitan area formed through an intergovernmental agreement in 1997 which consists of 22 water providers and Metro, the regional government for the Portland area. She also works on other issues for the Portland Water Bureau including strategic and infrastructure planning, climate change impacts/adaptations, as well as State of Oregon water rights and water policy development and review. She most recently managed the preparation of Portland's Water Management and Conservation Plan as required to support all of the City's unexercised municipal water rights. Before she came to the Water Bureau in 1990 she was a land use planner in Multnomah County, Oregon for 17 years, including 8 as the Planning Director. She served on Oregon's Water Resources Commission for eleven years, including four year as Chair from 1990-1994, as well as serving on the Western States Water Council during that same time. Lorna has a Bachelor's Degree (B.Sc.) from Portland State University and a Master's Degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. Both her degrees are in Geography. Lorna is also a member of the American Water Works Association Pacific NW Section Water Resources Committee. She also served on the national AWWA Water Resources Planning Division for 6 years.