2011 ORS § 536.420¹
Representation of state in carrying out compacts and agreements with other governmental agencies regarding water resources

(1) The Governor shall designate the Water Resources Director or a member or members of the Water Resources Commission to act on behalf of and to represent the state in formulating, entering into and carrying out any formal or informal compact or other agreement authorized by the Legislative Assembly concerning the use and control of the water resources of this state, between this state or any state agency or public corporation thereof and any other state, any state agency or public corporation thereof or the federal government or any agency thereof.

(2) The representative or representatives designated by the Governor under subsection (1) of this section shall make every effort practicable to ensure that the compact or other agreement, as formulated, entered into and carried out, is in harmony with the state water resources policy and otherwise with the public interest in encouraging, promoting and securing the maximum beneficial use and control of the water resources of this state.

(3) The commission in carrying out an investigation pertaining to water resources may cooperate with state agencies of California for the purpose of formulating, executing and submitting to the legislatures of Oregon and California for their approval, interstate compacts relative to the distribution and use of the waters of Goose Lake and tributaries thereto. No compacts or agreements formulated as provided in this section are binding upon this state until they have been approved by the legislature of this state and the Congress of the United States.

(4) Any state agency or public corporation of this state required or permitted by law to formulate, enter into or carry out any compact or other agreement referred to in subsection (1) of this section shall give timely and adequate notice to the commission before it undertakes any action under such requirement or permission. [1955 c.707 §17; 1961 c.298 §1; 1975 c.581 §25; 1999 c.59 §169]