2017 ORS 537.810¹
Diversion or appropriation of waters from basin of origin without legislative consent prohibited
  • terms of consent
  • exceptions

(1) No waters located or arising within a basin shall be diverted, impounded or in any manner appropriated for diversion or use beyond the boundaries of that basin except upon the express consent of the Legislative Assembly. In the event the Legislative Assembly shall give its consent to any such request it may attach thereto such terms, conditions, exceptions, reservations, restrictions and provisions as it may care to make in the protection of the natural resources of the basin and the health and welfare of the present and future inhabitants of the basin within which the water arises or is located.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to appropriations or diversions of less than 50 cubic feet per second out of the basin of origin.

(3) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to appropriations or diversions within the Klamath River Basin as defined in ORS 542.620 (Klamath River Basin Compact) or within the Goose Lake Basin as defined in ORS 542.520 (Oregon-California Goose Lake Interstate Compact), so long as those statutes remain in effect.

(4) This section shall not apply to an appropriation or diversion by a city to facilitate regional municipal water service if the city has historically transported water between the basin of origin and proposed receiving basins identified in the application. [Amended by 1989 c.936 §7]

Law Review Cita­tions

16 EL 963, 965 (1986)

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 (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 537, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano537.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.