Chapter 537  Appropriation of Water Generally

General Provisions

§ 537.010 Definition of Water Rights Act

Public Agency Water Use Registration

§ 537.040 Registration of water for road construction, maintenance or reconstruction

Geothermal Wells

§ 537.090 Laws applicable to geothermal wells
§ 537.095 Interference between geothermal well and other water appropriation

Water Use Reporting

§ 537.097 Verification of land ownership
§ 537.099 Water use report from governmental entity

Appropriation Under 1909 Act; Limited Licenses

§ 537.110 Public ownership of waters
§ 537.120 Right of appropriation
§ 537.130 Permit to appropriate water required
§ 537.131 Reclaimed water
§ 537.132 Exemption from permit requirement for use of reclaimed water
§ 537.133 Permittees right to enter on forestland
§ 537.135 Permit required to appropriate water for recharging ground water sources
§ 537.139 Failure to obtain authorization for access to certain land
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In Stream Water Rights

§ 537.332 Definitions for ORS 537.332 to 537.360
§ 537.334 Findings
§ 537.336 State agencies authorized to request in-stream water rights
§ 537.338 Rules for state agency request for in-stream water right
§ 537.341 Certificate for in-stream water right
§ 537.343 Proposed final order
§ 537.346 Conversion of minimum perennial streamflows to in-stream water rights
§ 537.348 Purchase, lease or gift of water right for conversion to in-stream water right
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Miscellaneous

§ 537.385 Extension of irrigation season
§ 537.390 Valuation of water rights
§ 537.395 Public recapture of water power rights and properties

Ponds And Reservoirs

§ 537.400 Reservoir permits
§ 537.405 Exempt reservoirs
§ 537.407 Water right certificate for reservoirs existing before January 1, 1993
§ 537.409 Alternate permit application process for qualifying reservoirs

Cancellation Of Permit For Appropriation

§ 537.410 Failure to commence or complete work, or to properly apply water, as grounds for cancellation of permit
§ 537.420 Notice of hearing
§ 537.440 Cancellation of permit
§ 537.445 Hearing upon proposal to cancel permit or appropriation
§ 537.450 Rules for proof as to work and use of water under permits

Conservation And Use Of Conserved Water

§ 537.455 Definitions for ORS 537.455 to 537.500 and 540.510
§ 537.460 Legislative findings
§ 537.463 Applicability of ORS 537.455 to 537.500
§ 537.465 Application for allocation of conserved water
§ 537.470 Allocation of conserved water by commission
§ 537.480 Rules
§ 537.485 Priority of right to use conserved water
§ 537.490 Use of conserved water
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Ground Water

(Generally)

§ 537.505 Short title
§ 537.515 Definitions for ORS 537.505 to 537.795 and 537.992
§ 537.525 Policy

(Aquifer Storage And Recovery)

§ 537.531 Legislative findings
§ 537.532 Injection of ground water into aquifers
§ 537.534 Rules for permitting and administering aquifer storage and recovery projects

(Appropriation Of Ground Water)

§ 537.535 Unlawful use or appropriation of ground water, including well construction and operation
§ 537.545 Exempt uses
§ 537.575 Permits granted, approved or pending under former law
§ 537.585 Beneficial use of ground water prior to August 3, 1955, recognized as right to appropriate water when registered
§ 537.595 Construction or alteration of well commenced prior to August 3, 1955, recognized as right to appropriate water when registered
§ 537.605 Registration of right to appropriate ground water claimed under ORS 537.585 or 537.595
§ 537.610 Recording registration statement
§ 537.615 Application for permit to acquire new right or enlarge existing right to appropriate ground water
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(Deschutes Basin Ground Water Study Area)

(Temporary Provisions Relating To The Deschutes Basin Ground Water Study Area Are Compiled As Notes Following Ors 537.746)

(Water Well Constructors)

§ 537.747 Water well constructors license
§ 537.750 Examination for license
§ 537.753 Bond or letter of credit
§ 537.762 Report of constructor before beginning work on well
§ 537.763 Water Resources Department Operating Fund
§ 537.765 Log of constructing, altering, abandoning or converting well

(Local Regulation)

§ 537.769 Local regulation of wells and water well constructors

(Regulation Of Ground Water Wells)

§ 537.772 Pump tests
§ 537.775 Wasteful or defective wells
§ 537.777 Regulation of controlling works of wells and distribution of ground water
§ 537.780 Powers of Water Resources Commission
§ 537.783 Reinjection of geothermal fluids
§ 537.785 Fees
§ 537.787 Investigation of violation of ground water laws
§ 537.789 Well identification number
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Water Right Examiners; Surveys

§ 537.797 Criteria for certification of land surveyors, engineers and geologists to determine work completion
§ 537.798 Water right examiner certificate
§ 537.799 Survey for issuance of water right certificate

Waste, Spring And Seepage Waters

§ 537.800 Waste, spring and seepage waters

Diversion Of Waters From Basin Of Origin

§ 537.801 Definitions
§ 537.803 Application proposing use of water outside of basin of origin
§ 537.805 Processing of application
§ 537.809 Reservation of water in basin of origin
§ 537.810 Diversion or appropriation of waters from basin of origin without legislative consent prohibited
§ 537.820 Application of provisions to waters forming common boundary between states
§ 537.830 Condemnation of waters for use outside basin of origin
§ 537.835 City of Walla Walla, Washington, may appropriate, impound and divert certain waters from Mill Creek
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Geotechnical Holes

§ 537.880 Policy
§ 537.885 Licensing or registration required for drilling of geotechnical hole
§ 537.890 Report form
§ 537.895 Water Resources Department Geotechnical Fund

Penalties

§ 537.990 Criminal penalties
§ 537.992 Civil penalties