ORS 536.300¹
Formulation of state water resources program
  • public hearing in affected river basin

(1) The Water Resources Commission shall proceed as rapidly as possible to study: Existing water resources of this state; means and methods of conserving and augmenting such water resources; existing and contemplated needs and uses of water for domestic, municipal, irrigation, power development, industrial, mining, recreation, wildlife, and fish life uses and for pollution abatement, all of which are declared to be beneficial uses, and all other related subjects, including drainage, reclamation, floodplains and reservoir sites.

(2) Based upon said studies and after an opportunity to be heard has been given to all other state agencies which may be concerned, the commission shall progressively formulate an integrated, coordinated program for the use and control of all the water resources of this state and issue statements thereof.

(3) The commission may adopt or amend a basin program only after holding at least one public hearing in the affected river basin. After the commission itself conducts one public hearing in the affected river basin, the commission may delegate to the Water Resources Director the authority to conduct additional public hearings in the affected river basin. [1955 c.707 §10(1), (2); 1965 c.355 §2; 1985 c.673 §14]

Notes of Decisions

Water Resources Commission's failure to adopt coordinated program governing state's wa­ter resources under this sec­tion does not render invalid Commission's rule es­tab­lishing basin program when rule is not in conflict with this sec­tion, and this sec­tion does not make statewide program necessary precursor to local basin program. Waterwatch of Oregon v. Oregon Water Res. Comm., 97 Or App 604, 776 P2d 1307 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Cita­tions

21 EL 133 (1991)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of the State Water Resources Board to reclassify the wa­ters of the Middle Snake Basin, (1972) Vol 36, p 250; authority of Water Policy Review Board to formulate integrated, coordinated program for wa­ter of Upper Klamath River Basin, (1979) Vol 39, p 748; Effect of min­i­mum perennial stream flow require­ments, (1982) Vol 42, p 312

Law Review Cita­tions

4 EL 333 (1974); 11 EL 390 (1981)

Chapter 536

Law Review Cita­tions

28 WLR 285 (1992)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 536—Water Resources Administration, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors536.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 536, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­536ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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