2015 ORS § 537.332¹
Definitions for ORS 537.332 to 537.360

As used in ORS 537.332 (Definitions for ORS 537.332 to 537.360) to 537.360 (Relationship between application for in-stream water right and application for certain hydroelectric permits):

(1) In-stream means within the natural stream channel or lake bed or place where water naturally flows or occurs.

(2) In-stream flow means the minimum quantity of water necessary to support the public use requested by an agency.

(3) In-stream water right means a water right held in trust by the Water Resources Department for the benefit of the people of the State of Oregon to maintain water in-stream for public use. An in-stream water right does not require a diversion or any other means of physical control over the water.

(4) Public benefit means a benefit that accrues to the public at large rather than to a person, a small group of persons or to a private enterprise.

(5) Public use includes but is not limited to:

(a) Recreation;

(b) Conservation, maintenance and enhancement of aquatic and fish life, wildlife, fish and wildlife habitat and any other ecological values;

(c) Pollution abatement; or

(d) Navigation. [1987 c.859 §2; 1995 c.416 §32]