(1) The protection, conservation and best use of the water resources of this state are matters of the utmost public concern. Streams, lakes, bays, estuaries and other bodies of water in this state, including not only water and materials for domestic, agricultural and industrial use but also habitats and spawning areas for fish, avenues for transportation and sites for commerce and public recreation, are vital to the economy and well-being of this state and its people. Unregulated removal of material from the beds and banks of the waters of this state may create hazards to the health, safety and welfare of the people of this state. Unregulated filling in the waters of this state for any purpose, may result in interfering with or injuring public navigation, fishery and recreational uses of the waters. In order to provide for the best possible use of the water resources of this state, it is desirable to centralize authority in the Director of the Department of State Lands, and implement control of the removal of material from the beds and banks or filling of the waters of this state.
(2) The director shall take into consideration all beneficial uses of water including streambank protection when administering fill and removal statutes.
(3) There shall be no condemnation, inverse condemnation, other taking, or confiscating of property under ORS 196.600 (Definitions for ORS 196.600 to 196.655) to 196.905 (Applicability) without due process of law.
(4) The director shall delineate wetlands in accordance with the United States Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual of 1987, or subsequent federal manual as adopted by rule by the director, and applicable guidance issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the area in which the wetlands are located.
(5) The Department of State Lands shall give priority to the review of wetland delineation reports submitted with or in advance of an application for fill or removal of material from the waters of this state. [Formerly 541.610 and then 196.675; 2003 c.738 §16]
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