2017 ORS 540.355¹
Inspection, evaluation and assessment of levees

(1) In lieu of the authority granted to the Water Resources Commission under ORS 540.350 (Dams, dikes and other hydraulic works) (5), the Water Resources Department may inspect, evaluate and assess the condition of a levee with the permission of the owner of the levee.

(2) In performing the actions under subsection (1) of this section, the department may:

(a) Provide recommendations and technical assistance;

(b) Advise on necessary maintenance and repairs;

(c) Require or assist with the development of emergency action plans to ensure the safety of life and property;

(d) Undertake activities necessary to identify the owner of a levee;

(e) Assist with mapping the locations of levees;

(f) Enter into contracts and intergovernmental agreements;

(g) Accept and receive moneys;

(h) Accept and receive payment for services performed; and

(i) Exchange information and perform other actions as necessary to cooperate with private, local, state and federal entities.

(3) The department’s actions under this section shall not relieve the owners of levees of their legal liabilities and responsibilities. [2015 c.667 §5]

Note: 540.355 (Inspection, evaluation and assessment of levees) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 540 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Chapter 540

Law Review Cita­tions

11 EL 390 (1981)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 540—Distribution of Water; Watermasters; Change in Use; Transfer or Forfeiture of Water Rights, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors540.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 540, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano540.­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.