2015 ORS § 537.750¹

Examination for license

(1) The written examination required under ORS 537.747 (Water well constructors license) (3)(b) shall be prepared to test the applicants knowledge and understanding of the following subjects:

(a) Laws of the state pertaining to the appropriation and use of ground water, the licensing requirements of ORS 537.747 (Water well constructors license) to 537.765 (Log of constructing, altering, abandoning or converting well), the construction of wells and the preparation and filing of well logs.

(b) Rules of the Water Resources Commission pertaining to the appropriation and use of ground water, the construction of wells and the preparation and filing of well logs.

(c) Basic information on ground water geology, the occurrence and movement of ground water, and the design, construction and development of wells.

(d) Types, uses and maintenance of drilling tools and equipment, drilling problems and corrective procedures, repair of faulty wells, sealing of wells and safety rules and practices.

(2) Examinations shall be given during the months of January, April, July and October. The date, time and place of the examination are to be established by the commission. The examination shall be given only to those applicants who have met the requirement set out in ORS 537.747 (Water well constructors license) (3)(a) and have paid the $20 examination fee. An applicant who fails to pass the examination by not attaining a grade of 70 or better may retake the examination after three months and the payment of another $20 examination fee. [1961 c.334 §3; 1981 c.416 §3; 1985 c.673 §67]

Notes of Decisions

Water Resources Commission imple­menta­tion and en­force­­ment of state control over inspec­tion and construc­tion of wells is discre­tionary. Ashland Drilling, Inc. v. Jackson County, 168 Or App 624, 4 P3d 748 (2000), Sup Ct review denied

County ordinance pro­vi­sions requiring well construc­tion permit, imposing construc­tion permit fees, regulating well loca­tion, requiring submission of plot plans, and requiring flow testing are preempted by state law. Ashland Drilling, Inc. v. Jackson County, 168 Or App 624, 4 P3d 748 (2000), Sup Ct review denied

County ordinance pro­vi­sions requiring well wa­ter quality testing, requiring inclusion of notice in deed of inadequate wa­ter supply, and regulating subdivision of lands having inadequate wa­ter supply are not preempted by state law. Ashland Drilling, Inc. v. Jackson County, 168 Or App 624, 4 P3d 748 (2000), Sup Ct review denied

Notes of Decisions

Ground Water Act of 1955, construed together with ORS chapter 536, governing ad­min­is­tra­­tion of wa­ter resources generally, cannot be read as expressly prohibiting local bodies from engaging in regulatory ac­tivity consistent with statute or agency regula­tions. Water Resources Dept. v. City of Klamath Falls, 68 Or App 148, 682 P2d 779 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Require­ments for exploring for or produc­tion of geothermal or oil or gas resources, (1974) Vol 37, p 68

Law Review Cita­tions

4 EL 333 (1974); 47 WLR 405 (2011)

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.