ORS 540.537¹
Order allowing exchange
  • order terminating exchange

(1) The Water Resources Commission shall issue an order allowing an exchange unless the commission finds any of the following:

(a) The proposed exchange would adversely affect other appropriators.

(b) The proposed exchanges would be too difficult to administer.

(c) The proposed exchange would adversely affect the public interest as determined under ORS 537.170 (Contested case hearing on application) (8).

(d) A sufficient quantity of water would not be available to replace the water to be used under the exchange. In determining whether replacement water will be equal to the water exchanged, the commission may consider relative consumptive uses and transmission losses.

(2) The commission may include any condition the commission considers necessary in an order allowing an exchange.

(3) The commission shall issue an order terminating the exchange:

(a) If water is not applied under the exchange within the time fixed by the commission in the order approving the exchange;

(b) Upon written request signed by all parties to the exchange;

(c) Upon finding that any other termination condition specified in the original order has occurred; or

(d) Upon attainment of a termination date specified in the original exchange order.

(4) For purposes of subsection (3) of this section, the time fixed for implementing the exchange shall include any extension granted by the commission for good cause shown. [1987 c.815 §4; 1995 c.416 §38]

Notes of Decisions

These sec­tions provide that wa­ter right owner shall not change point of diversion unless he files applica­tion and complies with statutory pro­ce­dures. Huff v. Bretz, 285 Or 507, 592 P2d 204 (1979)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Right of downstream owners of appropriative wa­ter rights to continua­tion of the flow, (1973) Vol 36, p 318; applica­tion of wa­ter outside irriga­tion season or for use not authorized by permit, (1977) Vol 38, p 1045

Chapter 540

Law Review Cita­tions

11 EL 390 (1981)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 540—Distribution of Water; Watermasters; Change in Use, Transfer or Forfeiture of Water Rights, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors540.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 540, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­540ano.­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. Currency Information