2015 ORS 537.190¹
Terms and conditions of approval
  • municipal water supplies
  • release of stored water

(1) The Water Resources Department may approve an application for less water than applied for, or upon terms, limitations and conditions necessary for the protection of the public interest, including terms, limitations and conditions relating to the release of water from an impoundment or diversion structure necessary to prevent rapid fluctuation in the stream level below the structure which may create a hazard to life or property, if there exists substantial reason therefor. In any event the department shall not approve an application for more water than can be applied to a beneficial use.

(2) The department may approve an application for a municipal water supply to the exclusion of all subsequent appropriations, if the exigencies of the case demand.

(3) When conditions beyond the control of the owner or operator of an impoundment or diversion structure, to which terms, limitations and conditions made as provided in subsection (1) of this section relate, threaten the safety of the structure and the release of water from the structure contrary to such terms, limitations and conditions is or may be necessary to remove the threat:

(a) The terms, limitations and conditions shall not apply to such release of water.

(b) The owner, operator or person in immediate charge of the structure shall immediately notify the department by telegraph or telephone of the situation.

(c) The owner, operator or person in immediate charge of the structure shall immediately notify, to the best of the persons ability, those persons whose life or property may be threatened by the release of water. [Amended by 1959 c.624 §3; subsection (3) enacted as 1959 c.624 §5; 1985 c.673 §32; 1995 c.416 §15]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Storage rights to store wa­ter for later beneficial use are not subordinate to later priority direct use rights unless made so by ex­plic­it condi­tions imposed on storage right, (1989) Vol 46, p 290

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Storage rights to store wa­ter for later beneficial use are not subordinate to later priority direct use rights unless made so by ex­plic­it condi­tions imposed on storage right, (1989) Vol 46, p 290

Chapter 537

Notes of Decisions

Water control district, in applying for wa­ter appropria­tion permit for hydroelectric project, was exempt from licensing pro­vi­sions of ORS 543.010 (Definitions for ORS 543.010 to 543.610) to 543.620 and needed only to comply with require­ments of this chapter. Steamboaters v. Winchester Water Control Dist., 69 Or App 596, 688 P2d 92 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

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

Law Review Cita­tions

11 EL 387 (1981); 16 EL 583, 592 (1986); 28 WLR 285 (1992)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 537—Appropriation of Water Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors537.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 537, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano537.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.