2013 ORS § 568.552¹
Power of directors to manage and control water resources and projects
  • authority of Water Resources Commission

(1) The members of the local governing body of a soil and water conservation district shall have, in addition to the powers granted to them by ORS 568.550 (General powers of board of directors) and within the limits of appropriations and other moneys duly made available to the soil and water conservation district, the power:

(a) To plan, construct, maintain, manage, administer or control any works of improvement for flood prevention or for the conservation, development, utilization or disposal of water upon lands within their respective districts upon obtaining the consent of the landowner as defined in ORS 568.210 (Definitions for ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933), and the land occupier as defined in ORS 568.210 (Definitions for ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933), of such lands.

(b) To enter into written agreements to furnish financial or other aid to any agency, governmental or otherwise, or any landowner as defined in ORS 568.210 (Definitions for ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933), or land occupier as defined in ORS 568.210 (Definitions for ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933), or both of them, of lands within the district, for flood prevention or for the conservation, development, utilization or disposal of water within their respective districts.

(c) To manage, as agent, or to take over, by purchase, lease, or otherwise any flood prevention, drainage, irrigation or agricultural water management project or any combination thereof, undertaken by the United States or any of its agencies, or by this state or any of its agencies.

(2) Authority granted under this chapter shall be subject to the authority of the Water Resources Commission to formulate an integrated, coordinated program for the use and control of all water resources of this state and to classify and withdraw water resources of this state under ORS 536.300 (Formulation of state water resources program) to 536.410 (Withdrawal of unappropriated waters from appropriation by commission order). [1961 c.640 §1]