ORS 196.816¹
General permits allowing removal of certain amount of material for maintaining drainage
  • rules
  • waiver of fees

(1) As used in this section, “traditionally maintained channel” has the meaning given that term in ORS 196.909 (Definitions).

(2) Notwithstanding ORS 196.810 (Permit required to remove material from bed or banks of waters), the Department of State Lands may establish by rule a general permit that allows the removal of no more than 100 cubic yards of material from waters of this state, including in essential indigenous anadromous salmonid habitat, for the purpose of maintaining drainage and protecting agricultural land.

(3) Notwithstanding ORS 196.810 (Permit required to remove material from bed or banks of waters), the department shall establish by rule one or more general permits that allow the removal of material from waters of this state, including in essential indigenous anadromous salmonid habitat, to conduct maintenance of traditionally maintained channels during channel conditions where flowing or standing water is present. The general permits must require the maintenance to be conducted in a manner that protects, maintains or improves existing agricultural and ecological functions of the channels, including the life history functions of fish and wildlife that inhabit the channels. In establishing a general permit under this subsection, the department shall utilize best available science and shall consult with the State Department of Agriculture, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, other relevant state or federal agencies and representatives of agricultural interests and conservation interests.

(4) The Department of State Lands may waive the fees specified in ORS 196.815 (Application for permit) for removal taking place under the provisions of this section. [2011 c.713 §7; 2019 c.699 §9]

(formerly 541.605 to 541.695)

Notes of Decisions

These sec­tions, regulating landfills, are codifica­tion of common law public trust doctrine that public use of lands underlying navigable wa­ters may not be substantially modified except for wa­ter-related purposes. Morse v. Division of State Lands, 34 Or App 853, 581 P2d 520 (1978), aff’d 285 Or 197, 590 P2d 79 (1979)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Right of private owner and ports to fill tidelands as subject to public rights, (1971) Vol 35, p 844; state’s authority to prevent or control removal by dredging of a privately owned island in a navigable river, (1972) Vol 36, p 285; authority of the legislature to extinguish public rights in navigable wa­ters and to charge a fee therefor, (1973) Vol 36, p 348; authority to issue permit for removal of ocean shore natural products from state recrea­tion areas, (1974) Vol 36, p 807; authority to pay for Removal and Fill Permit Program ad­min­is­tra­­tion out of Common School Fund, (1980) Vol 40, p 190

Law Review Cita­tions

4 EL 351-355 (1974); 10 EL 675 (1980); 61 OLR 523 (1982); 19 EL 637 (1989); 21 EL 152 (1991)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 196—Columbia River Gorge; Ocean Resource Planning; Wetlands; Removal and Fill, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors196.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 196, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano196.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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