2017 ORS 539.170¹
Division of water pending hearing

While the hearing of the order of the Water Resources Director is pending in the circuit court, and until a certified copy of the judgment, order or decree of the court is transmitted to the director, the division of water from the stream involved in the appeal shall be made in accordance with the order of the director.

Note: Sections 1 and 2, chapter 445, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1. Leasing or temporary transfer of determined claim. (1) As used in this section, “determined claim” means a water right in the Upper Klamath Basin determined and established in an order of determination certified by the Water Resources Director under ORS 539.130 (Findings of fact and determination of director).

(2) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4) of this section, during the period that judicial review of the order of determination is pending, a determined claim is:

(a) An existing water right that may be leased for a term as provided under ORS 537.348 (Purchase, lease or gift of water right for conversion to in-stream water right); and

(b) A primary water right that is subject to temporary transfer for purposes of ORS 540.523 (Temporary transfer of water right or permit).

(3) Subsection (2) of this section:

(a) Does not apply to a water right determined and established in an order of determination that has been stayed by the filing of a bond or irrevocable letter of credit under ORS 539.180 (Bond or irrevocable letter of credit to stay operation of director’s determination);

(b) Does not apply to a water right transfer that includes changing the point of diversion upstream; and

(c) Does not allow a person to purchase, lease or accept a gift of a determined claim for conversion to an in-stream water right as described in ORS 537.348 (Purchase, lease or gift of water right for conversion to in-stream water right) (1).

(4) For purposes of determining under ORS 537.348 (Purchase, lease or gift of water right for conversion to in-stream water right) (5) or 540.523 (Temporary transfer of water right or permit) (2) whether the Water Resources Department may approve a lease or temporary transfer of a determined claim, an injury to another determined claim is an injury to an existing water right. Notwithstanding ORS 537.348 (Purchase, lease or gift of water right for conversion to in-stream water right) (6) or 540.523 (Temporary transfer of water right or permit) (5), the department shall deny, modify or revoke the lease or temporary transfer of a determined claim if the department determines that the lease or temporary transfer has resulted in, or is likely to result in:

(a) Injury to another determined claim or other existing water right; or

(b) Enlargement of the determined claim.

(5) The department shall revoke the lease or temporary transfer of a determined claim if a court judgment stays the determined claim.

(6) If a determined claim is removed from land by lease or temporary transfer, the land from which the determined claim is removed may not receive water during the term of the lease or temporary transfer. [2015 c.445 §1]

Sec. 2. (1) Section 1 of this 2015 Act is repealed January 2, 2026.

(2) Notwithstanding the repeal of section 1 of this 2015 Act by subsection (1) of this section, subject to modification or revocation under section 1 of this 2015 Act, a lease or temporary transfer of a determined claim under section 1 of this 2015 Act for a term beginning prior to January 2, 2026, may continue in effect for the term of the lease or temporary transfer. If a court judgment results in a modification of the determined claim, the parties may continue the lease or temporary transfer of all or part of the water right as modified for all or part of the original term of the lease or temporary transfer. [2015 c.445 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 539—Rights of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes Determination of Water Rights, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors539.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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.