2007 ORS 538.410¹
Confirmation of water rights acquired prior to February 24, 1909, for municipal supply
  • rejection of applications injurious to municipal supply
  • statements of supply

All rights to the waters of the lakes, rivers and streams of this state acquired before February 24, 1909, for the purposes of municipal water supply are confirmed, and no rights acquired under the Water Rights Act (as defined in ORS 537.010 (Definition of "Water Rights Act")) shall impair the rights of any municipal corporation to waters taken before February 24, 1909. The Water Resources Commission shall reject, or grant subject to municipal use, all applications where, in the commission’s judgment, the appropriation of the waters applied for impairs a municipal water supply. Municipal corporations of the state, on request of the Water Resources Commission, shall furnish a statement of the amount and source of the municipal water supply, with probable increase or extension of the same. [Amended by 1985 c.673 §79]

Chapter 538

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Reserva­tion to state of "all coal and other minerals" in deed of land by state as reserva­tion of geothermal resources, (1980) Vol 41, p 298

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 538—Withdrawal of Certain Waters From Appropriation; Special Municipal and County Water Rights, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­538.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 538, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­538ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.