2017 ORS 539.310¹
Negotiation for water rights

(1) The Water Resources Director may negotiate with representatives of any federally recognized Indian tribe that may have a federal reserved water right claim in Oregon and representatives of the federal government as trustee for the federally recognized Indian tribe to define the scope and attributes of rights to water claimed by the federally recognized Indian tribe to satisfy tribal rights under treaty between the United States and the tribes of Oregon. All negotiations in which the director participates under this section shall be open to the public.

(2) During negotiations conducted under subsection (1) of this section, the director shall:

(a) Provide public notice of the negotiations;

(b) Allow for public input through the director; and

(c) Provide regular reports on the progress of the negotiations to interested members of the public. [1987 c.81 §3; 1993 c.67 §2]

  • Siskiyou Daily News / David Smith, Jan 5, 2010
    “...Rietmann had filed a complaint, requesting that the court bar the OWRD from further participating in negotia­tions and from signing the docu­ment without first publicly disclosing all records of the confidential negotia­tions that have pre­vi­ously taken place. ...”
  • Water for Life / Helen Moore, Dec 11, 2009
    “... Water for Life and a half-dozen individual irrigators have filed suit against the Oregon Water Resources Depart­ment and its Director for denying public access to the Tribal wa­ter rights negotia­tions surrounding the Klamath Basin Restora­tion Agree­ment in viola­tion of Oregon law (ORS 539.310 et seq.). ...”
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.