2015 ORS § 540.545¹

Transfer of water rights following county acquisition of land

Whenever the title to lands within a district has been or is acquired by the county within which the land is located, by foreclosure of tax liens or otherwise, the county court or board of county commissioners, upon request of the district, may make application under the provisions of ORS 540.505 (Definitions) to 540.585 (Temporary transfers within Deschutes River Basin) to have the water rights appurtenant to such lands transferred to other lands within the district which are owned by the county or privately owned. [Formerly 540.540; 1991 c.957 §8]

Notes of Decisions

These sec­tions provide that wa­ter right owner shall not change point of diversion unless he files applica­tion and complies with statutory pro­ce­dures. Huff v. Bretz, 285 Or 507, 592 P2d 204 (1979)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Right of downstream owners of appropriative wa­ter rights to continua­tion of the flow, (1973) Vol 36, p 318; applica­tion of wa­ter outside irriga­tion season or for use not authorized by permit, (1977) Vol 38, p 1045

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 (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 540, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano540.­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.