Chapter 541 — Water Distributors; Water Releases; Conservation and Storage; Water Development Projects; Watershed Management and Enhancement

 

2013 EDITION

 

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS; WATERSHED PROTECTION

 

WATER LAWS

 

WATER COMPANIES ORGANIZED UNDER 1891 ACT

 

541.010     Furnishing of water for certain purposes declared to be a public use; rates; amendment of law

 

541.020     Construction of ditches and canals by corporation; route across lands

 

541.030     Ditches and canals across state lands; grant of right of way

 

541.040     Headgate; mode of construction

 

541.050     Leakage or overflow; liability; exception

 

541.055     District liability for seepage and leakage from water or flood control works; limitation on commencement of action

 

541.060     Waste of water; flooding premises; unnecessary diversion

 

541.070     Ditches, canals and flumes as real estate

 

541.080     Suits involving water rights; parties; decree as to priorities

 

APPROPRIATION OF WATER FOR MINING AND ELECTRIC POWER UNDER 1899 ACT

 

541.110     Use of water to develop mineral resources and furnish power

 

541.120     Ditches and canals through lands; use of existing ditch by others than owner; joint liability

 

541.130     Right of way for ditches across state lands

 

APPROPRIATION OF WATER BY THE UNITED STATES

 

541.220     Survey of stream system; delivery of data to Attorney General; suits for determination of water rights

 

541.230     State lands within irrigated area; restrictions on sale; conveyance of lands needed by United States

 

541.240     Right of way for ditches and canals; reservation in conveyances

 

541.250     Cession to United States not rescinded

 

SUITS FOR DETERMINATION OF WATER RIGHTS UNDER 1905 ACT

 

541.310     Suits for determination of rights; parties; survey of stream; disbursements

 

541.320     Decrees adjudicating rights; filing; statement as to matters adjudicated

 

DISTRICT WATER RIGHTS MAPPING

 

541.325     Definitions for ORS 541.327 to 541.333

 

541.327     Failure or refusal of district to act; joint applications; eligible participants

 

541.329     Petition for approval of district map; contents; notice to users; corrections

 

541.331     Protest against approval of petition; hearing; issuance of water right certificate; land subject to inclusion

 

541.333     Application for change of place of use, point of diversion or use; contents; form of map

 

HABITAT STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENTS

 

541.423     Stewardship agreements; contents; procedures for adoption; rules

 

541.425     Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund

 

541.426     Criteria for funding projects from Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund

 

USE OF WATER TO OPERATE WATER-RAISING MACHINERY

 

541.430     Use of machinery by riparian owner to raise water; prior rights of others

 

SPLASH DAMS

 

541.450     Definitions for ORS 541.450 to 541.460

 

541.455     Splash dams unlawful

 

541.460     Abatement proceedings by Attorney General

 

RELEASE OF WATER FROM IMPOUNDMENT OR DIVERSION STRUCTURE

 

541.510     Authority of Water Resources Commission to require signs warning public of stream level fluctuation

 

541.515     Notice by commission when hazard created by release of stored water

 

541.520     Procedure when owner or operator of structure fails to request hearing; order regulating release of water

 

541.525     Hearing upon request of owner or operator of structure; notice and conduct of hearing

 

541.530     Order of commission regulating release of water

 

541.535     Installation of automatic stream level recording devices

 

541.540     Procedure in emergency when release of water essential

 

541.545     Compliance with orders of commission; enforcement

 

WATER CONSERVATION, REUSE AND STORAGE GRANTS

 

541.561     Establishment of grant program; direct service cost payment; limitations; project evaluation

 

541.566     Planning studies eligible for grants or direct service cost payments

 

541.576     Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund

 

541.581     Rules for grant and direct service cost payment program

 

WATER DEVELOPMENT IN COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

 

541.600     Definitions for ORS 541.600 to 541.641 and temporary provisions relating to loans for Columbia River Basin projects

 

541.606     Water Investment Grant Fund

 

541.611     Application for grant from Water Investment Grant Fund; fee

 

541.616     Incomplete applications; public notice of application; assessment of project

 

541.621     Review of grant application; rules; project priority; mandatory considerations; net environmental public benefit

 

541.631     Conditions for approval of grant application; water storage project design requirements; protection of public benefit; waiver of conditions; rules

 

541.636     Conditions for issuance of grant; fees

 

541.641     Exception to water measurement requirement

 

541.646     Rules for grant and loan programs

 

(Temporary provisions relating to loans for Columbia River Basin projects are compiled as notes

following ORS 541.646)

 

WATER SUPPLY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

541.651     Definitions for ORS 541.651 to 541.696

 

541.653     Purpose and application of ORS 541.651 to 541.696

 

541.656     Water Supply Development Account

 

Note          Lottery bonds for water development projects--2013 c.786 §§7,7a

 

541.659     Loan and grant applicants

 

541.663     Preapplication conferences

 

541.666     Form and contents of loan or grant applications

 

541.669     Scoring and ranking of projects; funding decisions; rules

 

541.673     Evaluation for public benefits of project

 

541.677     Target outcomes for scoring and ranking criteria

 

541.681     Conditions of grants for developing certain types of above-ground storage facilities

 

541.683     Demonstration of public benefits of project

 

541.686     Protection of project water dedicated to in-stream use

 

541.689     Projects requiring determination of seasonally varying flows; methodology

 

541.692     Permits; requirements for project operation

 

541.696     Standards for security of loans from account; rules

 

WATER DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

(Definitions)

 

541.700     Definitions for ORS 541.700 to 541.855

 

(Loan Applications)

 

541.703     Project applications; preference for approval

 

541.705     Project applications; contents

 

541.710     Processing project application; fee

 

541.715     Applicant authorized to obtain private planning, engineering and construction services

 

541.720     Conditions for project application approval

 

541.725     Standards for borrowers; rules

 

(Loan Contracts)

 

541.730     Loan contract; repayment plan; interest rate; other terms and conditions

 

541.735     Payment of funds by State Treasurer pursuant to loan contract

 

541.740     Liens and other loan security; foreclosure; rules

 

541.741     Recovery of certain interest amounts

 

541.745     Remedies of commission when water developer fails to comply with contract

 

541.750     Repayment of moneys to Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund

 

541.756     Projects obtaining other funds for construction; repayment of funds loaned by state

 

541.760     Reduction of loan amount when secondary use funding available

 

541.765     Authorization for loans for certain federal projects

 

541.770     Federal project loan contract terms; foreclosure

 

(Bonds)

 

541.780     Bonds to provide project financing

 

541.785     Disposition and use of bond proceeds

 

541.800     Payment of bond principal and interest from Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund

 

541.815     Limitation on bond issuance amount

 

(Administration)

 

541.830     Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund; sources; use; Governor’s approval

 

541.835     Water Development Fund; use

 

541.840     Emergency Board request for funds to pay administrative expenses; repayment of board allocations

 

541.845     Rules

 

541.850     Commission acceptance of gifts or grants

 

541.855     Biennial report to Legislative Assembly and Governor

 

NORTH UMPQUA RIVER DAMS

 

541.875     Dams and use of water for hydroelectric generation on North Umpqua prohibited; exceptions

 

541.880     Responsibility of government entity for repair or maintenance costs of dams on North Umpqua

 

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AND ENHANCEMENT

 

(Definitions)

 

541.890     Definitions for ORS 541.890 to 541.969

 

(The Oregon Plan)

 

541.895     Legislative findings; principles of Oregon Plan; policy

 

541.898     Oregon Plan described; goals; elements; Governor to negotiate with federal government

 

(Oregon Plan Administration)

 

541.900     Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; officers; qualifications

 

541.902     Executive director of Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; appointment

 

541.904     Authority of executive director to enter into interagency agreements

 

541.906     Rules

 

541.910     Voluntary local watershed councils; protection against liability

 

541.912     Duties of Natural Resources Division

 

541.914     Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team; duties; agency response to science team recommendations

 

541.916     Responsibilities of state agency participating in Oregon Plan

 

541.918     Implementation of grant programs

 

(Watershed Enhancement Program)

 

541.920     Conduct of watershed enhancement program; integration of geographic information

 

541.923     Watershed management program; project funding; high priority watersheds

 

541.926     Duties of board; grant program; advisory committees

 

541.929     Duties of board; integrated watershed planning framework; expenditures

 

541.932     Watershed enhancement project assistance; criteria for funding approval; acquisition of interest in land or water

 

(Program Funding)

 

541.935     Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds Legal Fund; sources; uses

 

541.937     Flexible Incentives Account; sources; uses

 

541.940     Parks and Natural Resources Fund

 

541.942     Natural Resources Subaccount

 

541.945     Watershed Conservation Operating Fund; purposes

 

541.947     Watershed Conservation Grant Fund

 

541.949     Authority of board to accept moneys; disposition

 

541.950     Authority of Governor to accept moneys; disposition

 

541.954     Watershed Improvement Grant Fund; sources; uses

 

(Program Projects)

 

541.956     Watershed Conservation Grant Fund purposes

 

541.958     Criteria for project receiving moneys from Watershed Conservation Grant Fund

 

541.960     Title restrictions on land purchased through grant agreement; rules

 

(Reports)

 

541.963     Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board report to Legislative Assembly

 

541.965     State agency reports to be provided to board

 

541.967     Agency report to legislative committee prior to adjustment of expenditure limitation or additional funding related to Oregon Plan

 

541.969     Report to Legislative Assembly by state agencies receiving subaccount moneys

 

541.972     Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board reports to Governor and Legislative Assembly on Oregon Plan

 

PENALTIES

 

541.990     Penalties

 

WATER COMPANIES ORGANIZED UNDER 1891 ACT

 

      541.010 Furnishing of water for certain purposes declared to be a public use; rates; amendment of law. (1) The use of the water of the lakes and running streams of Oregon, for general rental, sale or distribution, for purposes of irrigation, and supplying water for household and domestic consumption, and watering livestock upon dry lands of the state, is a public use, and the right to collect rates or compensation for such use of water is a franchise. A use shall be deemed general within the purview of this section when the water appropriated is supplied to all persons whose lands lie adjacent to or within reach of the line of the ditch, canal or flume in which the water is conveyed, without discrimination other than priority of contract, upon payment of charges therefor, as long as there may be water to supply.

      (2) Rates for the uses of water mentioned in this section may be fixed by the Legislative Assembly or by such officer as may be given that authority by the Legislative Assembly, but rates shall not be fixed lower than will allow the net profits of any ditch, canal, flume or system thereof to equal the prevailing legal rate of interest on the amount of money actually paid in and employed in the construction and operation of the ditch, canal, flume or system.

      (3) This section and ORS 541.020 to 541.080 may at any time be amended by the Legislative Assembly, and commissioners for the management of water rights and the use of water may be appointed.

 

      541.020 Construction of ditches and canals by corporation; route across lands. Whenever any corporation organized under the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, finds it necessary to construct its ditch, canal, flume, distributing ditches, or feeders across the improved or occupied lands of another, it shall select the shortest and most direct route practicable, having reference to cost of construction upon which the ditch, canal, flume, distributing ditches, or feeders can be constructed with uniform or nearly uniform grade.

 

      541.030 Ditches and canals across state lands; grant of right of way. The right of way, to the extent specified in the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, for the ditches, canals, flumes, distributing ditches, and feeders of any corporation appropriating water under the provisions of the Act of 1891, across all lands belonging to the State of Oregon and not under contract of sale, is granted.

 

      541.040 Headgate; mode of construction. Every corporation having constructed a ditch, canal or flume under the provisions of the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, shall erect and keep in good repair a headgate at the head of its ditch, canal or flume, which, together with the necessary embankments, shall be of sufficient height and strength to control the water at all ordinary stages. The framework of the headgate shall be of timber not less than four inches square, and the bottom, sides and gate shall be of plank not less than two inches in thickness.

 

      541.050 Leakage or overflow; liability; exception. Every corporation having constructed a ditch, canal, flume or reservoir under the provisions of the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, shall be liable for all damages done to the persons or property of others, arising from leakage or overflow of water therefrom growing out of want of strength in the banks or walls, or negligence or want of care in the management of the ditch, canal, flume or reservoir. However, damage resulting from extraordinary and unforeseen action of the elements, or attributable in whole or in part to the wrongful interference of another with the ditch, canal, flume or reservoir, which may not be known to the corporation for such length of time as would enable it by the exercise of reasonable efforts to remedy the same, shall not be recovered against the corporation.

 

      541.055 District liability for seepage and leakage from water or flood control works; limitation on commencement of action. (1) Any person or irrigation, drainage, water improvement or water control district organized pursuant to ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554 that owns, operates or maintains any irrigation, drainage, water supply, water control or flood control works shall be liable for damage caused by seepage and leakage from such works only to the extent that such damage is directly and proximately caused by the negligence of the person or irrigation, drainage, water improvement or water control district organized pursuant to ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554 and not otherwise. Damage resulting from extraordinary and unforeseen action of the elements, or attributable in whole or in part to the wrongful interference of another person or irrigation, drainage, water improvement or water control district organized pursuant to ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554 with the irrigation, drainage, water supply, water control or flood control works, which may not be known to the person or irrigation, drainage, water improvement or water control district organized pursuant to ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554 for such length of time as would enable the person or irrigation, drainage, water improvement or water control district organized pursuant to ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554 by the exercise of reasonable efforts to remedy the same, shall not be recovered against the person or irrigation, drainage, water improvement or water control district organized pursuant to ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554.

      (2) An action or suit under subsection (1) of this section must be commenced within two years from the date when the damage is first discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered. However, in no event shall any such action or suit be commenced more than four years from the date the damage actually occurred. [1979 c.882 §1]

 

      541.060 Waste of water; flooding premises; unnecessary diversion. Every corporation having constructed a ditch, canal or flume under the provisions of the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, shall carefully keep and maintain the embankments and walls thereof, and of any reservoir constructed to be used in conjunction therewith, so as to prevent the water from wasting and from flooding or damaging the premises of others. The corporation shall not divert at any time any water for which it has no actual use or demand.

 

      541.070 Ditches, canals and flumes as real estate. All ditches, canals and flumes permanently affixed to the soil, constructed under the provisions of the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, are declared to be real estate, and the same or any interest therein shall be transferred by deed only, duly witnessed and acknowledged. The vendee of the same, or any interest therein, at any stage shall succeed to all the rights of the vendor, and shall be subject to the same liabilities during ownership.

 

      541.080 Suits involving water rights; parties; decree as to priorities. In any suit commenced for the protection of rights to water acquired under the provisions of the Act of 1891, pages 52 to 60, Oregon Laws 1891, the plaintiff may make any or all persons who have diverted water from the same stream or source parties to the suit, and the court may in one decree determine the relative priorities and rights of all parties to the suit. Any person claiming a right on the stream or source, not made a party to the suit, may become such on application to the court, when it is made to appear that the person is interested in the result, and may have the right of the person determined. The court may at any stage, on its own motion, require any persons having or claiming rights to water on the stream or source, to be brought in and made parties, when it appears that a complete determination of the issue involved cannot be made without their presence.

 

APPROPRIATION OF WATER FOR MINING AND ELECTRIC POWER UNDER 1899 ACT

 

      541.110 Use of water to develop mineral resources and furnish power. The use of the water of the lakes and running streams of Oregon for the purpose of developing the mineral resources of the state and to furnish electric power for all purposes, is declared to be a public and beneficial use and a public necessity. Subject to the provisions of the Water Rights Act (as defined in ORS 537.010), the right to divert unappropriated waters of any such lakes or streams for such public and beneficial use is granted.

 

      541.120 Ditches and canals through lands; use of existing ditch by others than owner; joint liability. No tract or parcel of improved or occupied land in this state shall, without the written consent of the owner, be subjected to the burden of two or more ditches, canals, flumes or pipelines constructed under the Act of 1899, pages 172 to 180, Oregon Laws 1899, for the purpose of conveying water through the property, when the same object can be feasibly and practically attained by uniting and conveying all the water necessary to be conveyed through such property in one ditch, canal, flume or pipeline. Any person having constructed a ditch, canal, flume or pipeline for the purpose provided in the Act of 1899 shall allow any other person to enlarge such ditch, canal, flume or pipeline, so as not to interfere with the operations of the person owning the same, and to use such ditch, canal, flume or pipeline in common with the person owning the same, upon payment to such person of a reasonable proportion of the cost of constructing and maintaining the ditch, canal, flume or pipeline. Such persons shall be jointly liable to any person damaged.

 

      541.130 Right of way for ditches across state lands. The right of way to the extent specified in the Act of 1899, pages 172 to 180, Oregon Laws 1899, for the ditches, canals, flumes, pipelines, distributing ditches, and feeders of any person appropriating water under the provisions of that Act, across any and all lands belonging to the State of Oregon and not under contract of sale, is granted.

 

      541.210 [Repealed by 1953 c.328 §2]

 

APPROPRIATION OF WATER BY THE UNITED STATES

 

      541.220 Survey of stream system; delivery of data to Attorney General; suits for determination of water rights. In any stream system where construction is contemplated by the United States under the Act of Congress approved June 17, 1902, 32 Stat. 388 to 390, and known as the Reclamation Act, the Water Resources Commission shall make a hydrographic survey of the stream system, and shall deliver an abstract thereof together with an abstract of all data necessary for the determination of all rights for the use of the waters of such system, to the Attorney General. The Attorney General, together with the district attorneys of the districts affected by the stream system shall, at the request of the Secretary of the Interior, enter suit on behalf of the State of Oregon, in the name of the state, for the determination of all rights for the use of the water, and shall diligently prosecute the same to a final adjudication. [Amended by 1985 c.673 §101]

 

      541.230 State lands within irrigated area; restrictions on sale; conveyance of lands needed by United States. No lands belonging to the state, within the areas to be irrigated from work constructed or controlled by the United States or its authorized agents, shall be sold except in conformity with the classification of farm units by the United States. The title of such land shall not pass from the state until the applicant therefor has fully complied with the provisions of the laws of the United States and the regulations thereunder concerning the acquisition of the right to use water from such works, and shall produce the evidence thereof duly issued. After the withdrawal of lands by the United States for any irrigation project, no application for the purchase of state lands within the limits of such withdrawal shall be accepted, except under the conditions prescribed in this section. Any state lands needed by the United States for irrigation works may, in the discretion of the Department of State Lands, be conveyed to it without charge. [Amended by 1967 c.79 §1]

 

      541.240 Right of way for ditches and canals; reservation in conveyances. There is granted over all the unimproved lands now or hereafter belonging to the state the necessary right of way for ditches, canals, and reservoir sites for irrigation purposes constructed by authority of the United States or otherwise. All conveyances of state land made after May 18, 1905, shall contain a reservation of such right of way and reservoir sites.

 

      541.250 Cession to United States not rescinded. Nothing in ORS 541.220 to 541.240 shall be construed as rescinding the cession by the state to the United States of lands, as provided in chapter 5, Oregon Laws 1905.

 

SUITS FOR DETERMINATION OF WATER RIGHTS UNDER 1905 ACT

 

      541.310 Suits for determination of rights; parties; survey of stream; disbursements. In any suit wherein the state is a party, for determination of a right to the use of the waters of any stream system, all who claim the right to use the waters shall be made parties. When any such suit has been filed the court shall call upon the Water Resources Commission to make or furnish a complete hydrographic survey of the stream system as provided in ORS 541.220, in order to obtain all data necessary to the determination of the rights involved. The disbursements made in litigating the rights involved in the suit shall be taxed by the court as in other equity suits. [Amended by 1985 c.673 §102]

 

      541.320 Decrees adjudicating rights; filing; statement as to matters adjudicated. Upon the adjudication of the rights to the use of the water of a stream system, a certified copy of the decree shall be prepared by the clerk of the court, without charge, and filed in the Water Resources Department. The decree shall declare, as to the water right adjudged to each party, whether riparian or by appropriation, the extent, the priority, amount, purpose, place of use, and, as to water used for irrigation, the specific tracts of land to which it shall be appurtenant, together with such other conditions as may be necessary to define the right and its priority. [Amended by 1985 c.673 §103]

 

DISTRICT WATER RIGHTS MAPPING

 

      541.325 Definitions for ORS 541.327 to 541.333. As used in ORS 541.327 to 541.333:

      (1) “District” means any district or corporation organized under ORS chapter 545, 547, 552, 553 or 554 or any corporation, cooperative, company or other association formed before 1917 for the purpose of distributing water for irrigation purposes.

      (2) “Owned” or “controlled” means ownership in fee, purchase on a land sale contract, option to purchase or lease.

      (3) “User” means an owner of land with an appurtenant water right that is subject to assessment by a district and that would be altered by the petition and map filed under ORS 541.329. [1989 c.1000 §1; 1993 c.818 §1]

 

      Note: 541.325 to 541.333 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.327 Failure or refusal of district to act; joint applications; eligible participants. (1) If a district fails or refuses to act under ORS 541.329 and 541.331, the owner of land with an appurtenant water right within a district and subject to assessment by the district may transfer the use or place of use of the water right on or before July 1, 1994, pursuant to ORS 541.333. An owner transferring the use or place of use under this subsection shall comply with ORS 536.050.

      (2) If the owners of land within a quarter quarter of a section in a district agree as to the use and place of use of all water rights in the quarter quarter of the section subject to assessment by the district, the owners may jointly submit an application, without the fees required under ORS 536.050, to the Water Resources Department to conform the department’s records to the present usage within the quarter quarter of a section. The application must be filed in accordance with ORS 541.333 on or before July 1, 1994.

      (3) The district or users within a district authorized to participate in the process described under ORS 541.325 to 541.333 shall be limited to those districts or users who have notified the department on or before July 1, 1993, of their intention to submit a petition.

      (4) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section, the Walla Walla River Irrigation District, or its successor district formed under ORS chapter 545 and created after July 1, 1994, may participate in the process described under ORS 541.325 to 541.333 if the district notifies the department on or before June 30, 2004. [1989 c.1000 §2; 1991 c.957 §12; 1993 c.818 §2; 1995 c.554 §5; 2003 c.691 §1]

 

      Note: See note under 541.325.

 

      541.329 Petition for approval of district map; contents; notice to users; corrections. (1) Pursuant to the requirements of subsection (2) of this section, a district may petition the Water Resources Commission for approval and acceptance of a district map indicating the location and use of the water rights within the district or any part thereof. The petition and map shall be in a form satisfactory to the commission and shall be certified by the district rather than a certified water right examiner. For a district that notifies the Water Resources Department under ORS 541.327 (4), the map must be submitted in an electronic format meeting the standards set by the department. The petition and map may not expand a water right of the district or its users beyond the total right of record of the district. If the district has met the requirements of ORS 541.325 to 541.331 and after the opportunity for hearing under ORS 541.331, the commission shall instruct the director to issue a new certificate to the district listing the requested locations and uses and retaining the original priority date. If the commission denies the petition, the commission shall hold a hearing on the denial. Notice and conduct of the hearing shall be under the provisions of ORS chapter 183 pertaining to contested cases. The hearing shall be conducted in the area where the right is located unless the parties and the persons who file the protest under this section stipulate otherwise.

      (2) The petition required under subsection (1) of this section shall be submitted on or before July 1, 1994, or before June 30, 2010, for a district notifying the department under ORS 541.327 (4), and shall include:

      (a) The name of the district and the certificate number of each water right contained in the petition.

      (b) The names of all users within the district whose lands are included in the petition.

      (c) A general description of the district boundaries.

      (d) A general description of the users’ land and all water rights per each parcel affected by the petition and the map. If the water right is on a tract of land of five acres or less, a notation of the acres of water right on the assessor’s tax map shall be sufficient for identification of the place of use and the extent of use.

      (e) A description of the use that is proposed to be made of the water on each parcel.

      (f) An affirmation by the petitioner that the map and petition are accurate to the best of the petitioner’s knowledge.

      (3) A petition submitted under this section shall contain no more acres of land than the least of the following:

      (a) The number of acres assessed by the district as of July 1, 1989;

      (b) The number of acres assessed by the district as of July 1, 1993; or

      (c) If a district notifies the department under ORS 541.327 (4), the number of acres assessed by the district as of December 31, 2003.

      (4) Before submitting a petition under subsection (2) of this section, the district shall send a notice to the user of every parcel whose right of record is to be altered, as evidenced by the district’s records. This notice shall be sent to the last-known address for the user with a return receipt requested. The notice shall include the number of acre-feet of water or its equivalent, for which the user is being assessed, a general description or tax lot of the land to which the water is assigned, a description of the use and a request for confirmation that the information in the notice is correct. Thirty days after the notice is mailed, the district shall prepare a petition and map as described in subsections (1) and (2) of this section. Payment for water by the user or the user’s predecessor for a period of five years before the petition shall create a rebuttable presumption that the number of acres billed and paid by the user or the user’s predecessor is equal to the user’s water right.

      (5) Within 30 days after the commission issues a proposed order regarding the petition, the district shall send notice to the users of the district whose right of record is to be altered by the proposed order. This notice shall be sent to the last-known address of the user with a return receipt requested. The notice shall include the number of acres of land, or its equivalent, for which the user is being assessed, a general description or tax lot number of the land to which the water is assigned and a description of the use. In addition to the notice of the proposed order that the district sends to the users, the district shall publish at the same time notice in a newspaper having general circulation in the area in which the water rights are located for a period of at least two weeks. Not less than one publication in each week shall be made. The notice shall state:

      (a) The number of acres of water right that each parcel shall receive and the associated priority dates;

      (b) That the proposed map and order are available for inspection at the office of the district during normal business hours for a period of 60 days from the date of first publication;

      (c) That not less than 60 days after the date of first publication, the commission shall approve the petition and map and issue a final order unless a protest is filed or the petition does not meet the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) of this section; and

      (d) That the user has the right to protest the proposed order and map as described in ORS 541.331.

      (6) If the commission returns a petition or map to a district for correction, the commission may prescribe a deadline for the petitioner to provide additional information or correct the petition or map. If the petitioner fails to meet the deadline prescribed by the commission, the commission may deny the petition. [1989 c.1000 §3; 1991 c.957 §13; 1993 c.818 §3; 2003 c.691 §2; 2011 c.52 §8]

 

      Note: See note under 541.325.

 

      541.331 Protest against approval of petition; hearing; issuance of water right certificate; land subject to inclusion. (1) Any user may file with the Water Resources Department, within 60 days after the date of first publication, under ORS 541.329, a protest against a proposed order approving the petition. Whenever a timely protest is filed or in the opinion of the Water Resources Director a hearing is necessary to determine whether the district has met the requirements of ORS 541.325 to 541.333 or the proposed changes described in the proposed order would result in injury to existing water rights, the department shall hold a hearing on the matter. The hearing shall be conducted according to the provisions of ORS chapter 183 applicable to contested cases. The hearing shall be held in the area where the rights are located unless the parties and the persons who filed the protest under this section stipulate otherwise.

      (2) If after examination or hearing, the department finds that the district has met the requirements of ORS 541.325 to 541.331 and that the changes described in the proposed order would not result in injury to existing water rights, the department shall issue a final order approving the petition and map as described in the proposed order. If a water right certificate for the water right has been issued previously, the department shall cancel the previous certificate and issue a new certificate that conforms to the final order and map and retains the original priority date.

      (3) A certificate issued under this section shall have the evidentiary effect provided for in ORS 537.270 except when the right to appropriate water described in the certificate is abandoned after the certificate is amended or issued.

      (4) The department may approve for inclusion in a new certificate under ORS 541.329 and this section only land which, on July 1, 1993, or, if a district notifies the department under ORS 541.327 (4), on December 31, 2003, is:

      (a) Land within the legal boundaries of the district as those boundaries were originally described or as they may have been changed by legally prescribed inclusion or exclusion proceedings.

      (b) Land for which inclusion in the district has been requested previously as prescribed by law.

      (c) Land on which a previously perfected water right has been applied beneficially and for which the user has been charged or assessed by the district in at least one of the last five years and for which the user is currently being charged or assessed. [1989 c.1000 §4; 1993 c.818 §4; 1995 c.554 §7; 1999 c.590 §1; 2003 c.691 §3]

 

      Note: See note under 541.325.

 

      541.333 Application for change of place of use, point of diversion or use; contents; form of map. (1) Whenever the owner of a water right for irrigation, domestic use, stock water storage or other use, for any reason desires to change the place of use, the point of diversion or the use made of the water under ORS 541.327, an application shall be filed with the Water Resources Department.

      (2) The application required under subsection (1) of this section shall include:

      (a) The name of the owner;

      (b) The previous use of the water;

      (c) A description of the premises upon which the water is used;

      (d) A description of the premises upon which it is proposed to use the water;

      (e) The use which is proposed to be made of the water;

      (f) The reasons for making the proposed change;

      (g) If the application is made under ORS 541.327 (1), evidence that the water has been used within the past five years upon lands owned or controlled by the owner of the water right;

      (h) In the event the application is made pursuant to ORS 541.327 (2), evidence that the water has been used within the past five years in the quarter quarter of a section; and

      (i) The approval of the district in which the water right is located.

      (3) The description of the premises or mapping required under ORS 541.329 (2) shall not require a map prepared by a certified water right examiner, but shall be in a form satisfactory to the Water Resources Commission. If the water right is on a tract of land of five acres or less, the assessor’s tax map with a notation of the acres of water right shall be sufficient for identification of the tract and place of use.

      (4) A certificate issued under this section has the evidentiary effect provided for in ORS 537.270 except when the right to appropriate water described in the certificate is abandoned after the certificate is amended or issued. [1989 c.1000 §5; 1995 c.554 §8]

 

      Note: See note under 541.325.

 

      541.345 [Formerly 536.600; repealed by 1999 c.1026 §29]

 

      541.347 [1993 c.601 §1; repealed by 1999 c.1026 §3 (541.353 enacted in lieu of 541.347)]

 

      541.350 [1987 c.734 §1; 1995 c.187 §1; repealed by 1999 c.1026 §1 (541.351 enacted in lieu of 541.350)]

 

      541.351 [1999 c.1026 §2 (enacted in lieu of 541.350); 2011 c.643 §7; renumbered 541.890 in 2011]

 

      541.353 [1999 c.1026 §4 (enacted in lieu of 541.347); renumbered 541.895 in 2011]

 

      541.355 [1987 c.734 §2; 1995 c.187 §2; 1999 c.1026 §20; repealed by 2001 c.841 §5]

 

      541.360 [1987 c.734 §3; 1995 c.187 §3; 1999 c.1026 §8; 2011 c.643 §20; renumbered 541.900 in 2011]

 

      541.362 [1999 c.1026 §9; renumbered 541.902 in 2011]

 

      541.363 [1999 c.1026 §10; renumbered 541.904 in 2011]

 

      541.365 [1987 c.734 §5; 2001 c.841 §3a; 2001 c.842 §1; renumbered 541.920 in 2011]

 

      541.368 [1999 c.1026 §6; renumbered 541.918 in 2011]

 

      541.370 [1987 c.734 §6; 1995 c.187 §4; 1997 c.8 §8; 1999 c.59 §174; 1999 c.1026 §11; 2001 c.708 §15; 2011 c.643 §21; renumbered 541.926 in 2011]

 

      541.371 [1999 c.1026 §12; 2011 c.643 §18; renumbered 541.929 in 2011]

 

      541.372 [1991 c.657 §2; renumbered 541.949 in 2011]

 

      541.373 [2003 c.452 §3; 2011 c.643 §17; renumbered 541.950 in 2011]

 

      541.375 [1987 c.734 §7; 1989 c.171 §71; 1995 c.187 §5; 1997 c.7 §8; 1999 c.1026 §13; 2011 c.643 §§22,30a; renumbered 541.932 in 2011]

 

      541.376 [2001 c.645 §2; 2011 c.643 §23; renumbered 541.960 in 2011]

 

      541.377 [1999 c.1026 §7; 2003 c.14 §346; 2011 c.643 §1; renumbered 541.940 in 2011]

 

      541.378 [1999 c.1026 §7a; 2007 c.217 §6; repealed by 2011 c.643 §25]

 

      541.379 [1999 c.1026 §7b; 2011 c.643 §26; renumbered 541.953 in 2011]

 

      541.380 [1987 c.734 §8; 1997 c.7 §9; 1999 c.270 §5; 1999 c.1026 §14; 2001 c.708 §16; renumbered 541.396 in 2001]

 

      541.381 [2001 c.708 §13; 2007 c.608 §3; renumbered 541.937 in 2011]

 

      541.382 [Formerly 541.385; repealed by 1999 c.1026 §29]

 

      541.384 [1993 c.601 §2; 1995 c.187 §6; renumbered 541.923 in 2011]

 

      541.385 [1987 c.734 §4; renumbered 541.382 in 1995]

 

      541.388 [1993 c.601 §3; 1995 c.187 §7; 1999 c.300 §1; renumbered 541.910 in 2011]

 

      541.390 [1987 c.734 §9; 2001 c.104 §228; renumbered 541.912 in 2011]

 

      541.392 [Formerly 541.400; 1999 c.1026 §15; 2011 c.643 §24; renumbered 541.963 in 2011]

 

      541.395 [1987 c.734 §10; renumbered 541.965 in 2011]

 

      541.396 [Formerly 541.380; 2007 c.354 §19; renumbered 541.906 in 2011]

 

      541.397 [1997 c.8 §4; 1999 c.1026 §15b; 2011 c.643 §28; renumbered 541.954 in 2011]

 

      541.399 [1997 c.8 §5; 1999 c.1026 §16; repealed by 2011 c.643 §15]

 

      541.400 [1993 c.601 §4; 1995 c.187 §8; renumbered 541.392 in 1997]

 

      541.401 [1997 c.8 §6; 2011 c.643 §14; renumbered 541.958 in 2011]

 

      541.403 [1997 c.8 §7; repealed by 1999 c.1026 §29]

 

      541.405 [1997 c.7 §1; 1999 c.270 §3; 1999 c.1026 §5; 2001 c.841 §4; 2003 c.452 §1; 2007 c.354 §20; renumbered 541.898 in 2011]

 

      541.407 [1997 c.7 §4; 1999 c.244 §1; 1999 c.270 §6; 1999 c.1026 §21; 2007 c.354 §21; repealed by 2011 c.272 §25]

 

      541.409 [1997 c.7 §5; 1999 c.270 §7; 1999 c.1026 §22; 2007 c.354 §22; renumbered 541.914 in 2011]

 

      541.410 [Renumbered 541.430 in 1997]

 

      541.411 [1997 c.7 §10; 1999 c.270 §8; 2007 c.354 §23; renumbered 541.916 in 2011]

 

      541.413 [1997 c.7 §13; 1999 c.270 §9; 1999 c.1026 §23; 2007 c.354 §24; renumbered 541.967 in 2011]

 

      541.415 [1999 c.1026 §17; renumbered 541.935 in 2011]

 

      541.420 [2001 c.841 §1; 2007 c.354 §25; renumbered 541.972 in 2011]

 

HABITAT STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENTS

 

      541.423 Stewardship agreements; contents; procedures for adoption; rules. (1) As used in this section, “stewardship agreement” means an agreement voluntarily entered into and signed by a landowner, or representative of the landowner, and the State Department of Agriculture or the State Board of Forestry that sets forth the terms under which the landowner will self-regulate to meet and exceed applicable regulatory requirements and achieve conservation, restoration and improvement of fish and wildlife habitat or water quality.

      (2) The State Department of Agriculture and the State Board of Forestry may, individually or jointly, enter into stewardship agreements with landowners.

      (3) The purposes of a stewardship agreement are to provide:

      (a) An incentive for landowners to provide for conservation, restoration and improvement of fish and wildlife habitat or water quality;

      (b) A mechanism to coordinate, facilitate and memorialize a landowner’s compliance with the requirements of state and federal regulatory schemes; and

      (c) A mechanism to combine or coordinate multiple incentive programs among agencies and levels of government to:

      (A) Improve the delivery of financial and technical assistance to landowners engaged in conservation activities;

      (B) Reduce redundancy among programs;

      (C) Simplify application procedures;

      (D) Leverage the investment of federal funds;

      (E) Make more efficient use of technical assistance funds;

      (F) Provide greater incentives for landowners;

      (G) Foster partnerships and improve cooperation with nongovernmental organizations;

      (H) Provide greater environmental benefits;

      (I) Tailor and more effectively target conservation programs administered by federal, state and local governments to the unique conservation needs of, and opportunities presented by, individual parcels of eligible land; and

      (J) Give landowners an increased level of regulatory certainty.

      (4) The State Board of Forestry and the State Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, shall adopt by rule procedures and criteria for stewardship agreements. The procedures and criteria shall include, but need not be limited to:

      (a) The certification of a land management plan which shall, at a minimum, include:

      (A) A comprehensive description and inventory of the subject property, its features and uses; and

      (B) A prescription for the protection of resources that exceeds land management practices, standards and activities otherwise required by law and that is designed to achieve conservation, restoration and improvement of fish and wildlife habitat or water quality.

      (b) A requirement that each landowner subject to a stewardship agreement demonstrate a clear capability to carry out the provisions of the land management plan and have a past record of good compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding land use and management.

      (5) Each government agency that is a party to a stewardship agreement shall conduct periodic audits on lands subject to the stewardship agreement to determine whether the land management plan is being implemented and whether the agreement should be continued, revised or discontinued.

      (6) Stewardship agreements may provide benefits to landowners that include, but are not limited to:

      (a) Expedited permit processing;

      (b) Regulatory certainty;

      (c) Priority consideration for cost-share assistance or other financial incentives and technical assistance; and

      (d) Government certification that certain land management practices have been implemented.

      (7) Within a stewardship agreement and on a case-by-case basis, the State Department of Agriculture or the State Board of Forestry may provide a landowner with an increased level of regulatory certainty regarding state rules. The stewardship agreement may identify specific voluntary landowner actions that exceed regulatory requirements. In return, the State Department of Agriculture or the State Board of Forestry may agree to exempt the landowner from future changes to a specific rule.

      (8) The State Department of Agriculture and the State Board of Forestry may, individually or jointly, make a binding determination that activities undertaken by a particular landowner, or a representative of the landowner, as part of a stewardship agreement are consistent with the purposes and policies of any relevant Safe Harbor Agreements or Candidate Conservation Agreements entered into between the State of Oregon and agencies of the United States Government, pursuant to the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-205, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and federal regulations. [2003 c.539 §31; 2007 c.608 §4]

 

      Note: 541.423 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.425 Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund. (1) The Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund is established separate and distinct from the General Fund. The Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund shall consist of all moneys placed in the fund as provided by law. All moneys in the Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund are continuously appropriated to the State Board of Forestry to provide grants to carry out the purposes of stewardship agreements described in ORS 541.423. Interest accruing to the Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund shall be credited to the fund. Funds appropriated and not expended by the completion of a biennium shall remain in the Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund.

      (2) The State Board of Forestry shall administer the Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund and provide grants from the fund to landowners who have entered into stewardship agreements for the purposes described in ORS 541.423.

      (3) In addition to the funds made available for the purposes of ORS 541.423, the board also may accept gifts and grants from any public or private source for the purpose of providing the grants described in subsection (2) of this section. [2007 c.608 §1]

 

      Note: 541.425 and 541.426 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.426 Criteria for funding projects from Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund. The State Board of Forestry may award funds from the Stewardship Agreement Grant Fund only for the purposes described in ORS 541.425. Any projects that the board approves for funding must comply with the following criteria:

      (1) There must be matching contribution from other program funds, in-kind services or other investment in the project; and

      (2) The project must provide a public benefit through improved water quality or improved fish or wildlife habitat. [2007 c.608 §2]

 

      Note: See note under 541.425.

 

USE OF WATER TO OPERATE WATER-RAISING MACHINERY

 

      541.430 Use of machinery by riparian owner to raise water; prior rights of others. Any person who owns or has the possessory right to any land bordering on any lake or natural stream of water shall have the right to employ wheels, pumps, hydraulic engines, or other machinery for the purpose of raising water to the level required for use of the water in irrigating any land belonging to the person; provided, that the use of the water shall not conflict with the better or prior right of any other person. [Formerly 541.410]

 

SPLASH DAMS

 

      541.450 Definitions for ORS 541.450 to 541.460. As used in ORS 541.450 to 541.460 and 541.990:

      (1) “Splash dam” means a dam constructed and used in the floating and driving of logs and other lumber products whereby water behind the dam is released for the purpose of causing or aiding the floating of logs or other lumber products on a navigable or nonnavigable river in the waters thereof below the location of the dam.

      (2) “Splash dam” does not mean any device used on the waters of this state for the assembly or storage of logs or other lumber products, or for any other purpose incidental thereto. [1957 c.163 §1]

 

      541.455 Splash dams unlawful. It is unlawful to operate a splash dam on any of the navigable or nonnavigable waters of this state. An officer or agency of this state may not issue any permit for the construction or maintenance of any dam to be used for splash dam purposes. [1957 c.163 §2; 2005 c.22 §380]

 

      541.460 Abatement proceedings by Attorney General. The Attorney General, upon being informed that any violation of ORS 541.450 to 541.460 or 541.990 (1) has occurred, is hereby empowered to proceed immediately in the circuit court of the county in which said splash dam is located, to petition the court for the removal of said splash dam by abatement proceedings; and all costs in connection therewith incurred by the Attorney General shall be assessed against the offending person, firm or corporation. [1957 c.163 §3]

 

RELEASE OF WATER FROM IMPOUNDMENT OR DIVERSION STRUCTURE

 

      541.510 Authority of Water Resources Commission to require signs warning public of stream level fluctuation. (1) Whenever it appears to the satisfaction of the Water Resources Commission upon the commission’s own determination or upon evidence submitted by any person that the release of water from an impoundment or diversion structure constructed before or after May 26, 1959, endangers or may endanger the public safety, the commission shall send a written notice to the owner or operator of the structure.

      (2) The notice provided for in subsection (1) of this section shall state:

      (a) That the release of water from the impoundment or diversion structure endangers or may endanger the public safety.

      (b) That the owner or operator of the structure shall within a time to be set by the commission post notices downstream from the structure at places of public access to the stream to be designated by the commission warning the public that the stream level below the structure is subject to fluctuation. [1959 c.624 §1; 1961 c.379 §9a; 1985 c.673 §104]

 

      541.515 Notice by commission when hazard created by release of stored water. (1) Whenever it appears to the satisfaction of the Water Resources Commission, upon the commission’s own determination or upon evidence submitted by any person that the present or proposed release of stored water from an impoundment or diversion structure, including any water power project, constructed before or after May 1, 1961, results in rapid increase in the stream level below the structure which creates or will create a hazard to human life or property, the commission shall cause written notice of such determination to be mailed to the owner or operator of the structure.

      (2) The notice provided for in subsection (1) of this section shall state:

      (a) That the present or proposed release of stored water from the impoundment or diversion structure creates or may create an unreasonable hazard to human life or property.

      (b) The manner in which such unreasonable hazard to human life or property is or may be created.

      (c) The action which is required, in the opinion of the commission, to minimize such unreasonable hazard to human life or property.

      (d) That the owner or operator of the impoundment or diversion structure, within 15 days after the mailing of the notice, may request in writing that the commission hold a hearing on such unreasonable hazard or action required to minimize such unreasonable hazard, and that upon failure to request a hearing the commission shall make an order stating the terms, limitations and conditions of the action required to minimize such unreasonable hazard. [1961 c.379 §1; 1985 c.673 §105]

 

      541.520 Procedure when owner or operator of structure fails to request hearing; order regulating release of water. If, within 15 days after the mailing of the notice provided for in ORS 541.515, the owner or operator of the impoundment or diversion structure fails to request in writing that the Water Resources Commission hold a hearing, the commission shall make and file in the Water Resources Department an order stating the terms, limitations and conditions relating to the release of water from the structure necessary to minimize unreasonable hazard to human life or property as set forth in the notice. The order shall become effective upon filing a copy in the Water Resources Department. The commission shall cause a copy of the order to be mailed to the owner or operator of the structure. The order is not subject to appeal. [1961 c.379 §2; 1985 c.673 §106]

 

      541.525 Hearing upon request of owner or operator of structure; notice and conduct of hearing. (1) If, within 15 days after mailing of the notice provided for in ORS 541.515, the owner or operator of the impoundment or diversion structure requests in writing that the Water Resources Commission hold a hearing, the commission shall hold a hearing in accordance with ORS chapter 183 on the hazard to human life or property which is or will be created by the rapid increase in the stream level below the structure resulting from the release of water from the structure and the terms, limitations and conditions relating to such release of water necessary to minimize such unreasonable hazard.

      (2) At least 10 days prior to the hearing the commission, in addition to the notice requirements of ORS chapter 183, shall cause a copy of the notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in each county in which the structure is located and in which unreasonable hazard to human life or property is or may be created. [1961 c.379 §3; 1971 c.734 §83; 1985 c.673 §107]

 

      541.530 Order of commission regulating release of water. After the hearing provided for in ORS 541.525, if the Water Resources Commission determines that the release of stored water from the impoundment or diversion structure results or will result in rapid increase in the stream level below the structure and the increase creates or will create an unreasonable hazard to human life or property, the commission shall make and file in the offices of the Water Resources Department an order stating the terms, limitations and conditions relating to the release of water from the structure necessary to minimize the unreasonable hazard. In determining what constitutes unreasonable hazard and what terms, limitations and conditions are necessary to minimize it, the commission shall consider the likelihood of harm to the public, recreation benefits, power benefits, agriculture benefits, purpose of the structure, water flows, extent, nature and time of use by the public and all other material factors. [1961 c.379 §4; 1971 c.734 §84; 1985 c.673 §108]

 

      541.535 Installation of automatic stream level recording devices. An order of the Water Resources Commission under ORS 541.520 or 541.530 may require the owner or operator of an impoundment or diversion structure to install one or more automatic stream level recording devices satisfactory to the commission at one or more locations satisfactory to the commission. The cost of each such device and the installation and maintenance thereof shall be paid by the owner or operator of the structure. [1961 c.379 §5; 1985 c.673 §109]

 

      541.540 Procedure in emergency when release of water essential. When conditions beyond the control of the owner or operator of an impoundment or diversion structure, to which an order of the Water Resources Commission, made as provided in ORS 541.520 or 541.530 relates, threaten the safety of the structure, and the release of water from the structure contrary to the terms, limitations and conditions stated in the order is or may be necessary to remove such threat:

      (1) The terms, limitations and conditions of the order shall not apply to such release of water.

      (2) The owner, operator or person in immediate charge of the structure shall immediately notify the commission or the Water Resources Department of the situation.

      (3) The owner, operator or person in immediate charge of the structure shall immediately notify, to the best of the person’s ability, those persons whose life or property may be threatened by such release of water. [1961 c.379 §6; 1985 c.673 §110]

 

      541.545 Compliance with orders of commission; enforcement. (1) No person shall fail to comply with an order of the Water Resources Commission made as provided in ORS 541.520 or 541.530.

      (2) The commission may enforce any order made as provided in ORS 541.520 or 541.530, and may prosecute proceedings to enjoin violations of subsection (1) of this section. [1961 c.379 §§7,8; 1985 c.673 §111]

 

      541.550 [1987 c.855 §3; 1989 c.904 §69; renumbered 196.600 in 1989]

 

      541.555 [1987 c.855 §2; renumbered 196.605 in 1989]

 

      541.557 [1987 c.855 §7; renumbered 196.610 in 1989]

 

      541.560 [1987 c.855 §8; renumbered 196.615 in 1989]

 

WATER CONSERVATION, REUSE AND STORAGE GRANTS

 

      541.561 Establishment of grant program; direct service cost payment; limitations; project evaluation. (1) The Water Resources Department shall establish a grant program to pay the qualifying costs of planning studies performed to evaluate the feasibility of developing a water conservation, reuse or storage project, as described in ORS 541.566. A grant under this section may be made to a local government as defined in ORS 174.116, to an Indian tribe as defined in ORS 391.802 or to a person.

      (2) In lieu of grants, the department may pay the cost of providing direct services, including but not limited to technical planning services, for a planning study that is eligible for a grant under this section.

      (3) A grant or the cost of direct services provided under this section may not exceed $500,000 per project. A grant or payment for direct services may be provided only if the amount of the grant or the cost of the direct services is matched by funding from another source that is not less than a dollar-for-dollar match of the amount or cost.

      (4) Grants and the cost of direct services provided under this section must be paid for from moneys available in the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund.

      (5)(a) In evaluating above ground storage projects for awards of grants or payments for direct services under this section, the department shall give priority to projects that include provisions for using stored water to augment in-stream flows to conserve, maintain and enhance aquatic life, fish life or other ecological values.

      (b) In evaluating all other eligible projects, the department shall give priority to projects identified by the department in a statewide water assessment and inventory for the award of grants or provision of payment for direct services under this section. [2008 c.13 §1]

 

      Note: 541.561 to 541.581 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.565 [1987 c.855 §9; renumbered 196.620 in 1989]

 

      541.566 Planning studies eligible for grants or direct service cost payments. (1) A planning study receiving a grant or payment for direct services under ORS 541.561 may include, but is not limited to:

      (a) Analyses of hydrological refill capacity;

      (b) Water needs analyses;

      (c) Refined hydrological analyses;

      (d) Engineering and financial feasibility studies;

      (e) Geologic analyses;

      (f) Water exchange studies;

      (g) Analyses of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and the impact of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project on those flows;

      (h) Comparative analyses of alternative means of supplying water, including but not limited to the costs and benefits of conservation and efficiency alternatives and the extent to which long-term water supply needs may be met using those alternatives;

      (i) Analyses of environmental harm or impacts from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project;

      (j) Analyses of public benefits accruing from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project;

      (k) Fiscal analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including estimated project costs, financing for the project and projected financial returns from the project;

      (L) Hydrological analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including the anticipated effects of climate change on hydrological refill capacity; and

      (m) Analyses of potential water quality impacts of the project.

      (2) If a planning study concerns a proposed storage project that would impound surface water on a perennial stream, divert water from a stream that supports sensitive, threatened or endangered fish or divert more than 500 acre-feet of surface water annually, a grant or direct services payment may be provided only if the study contains:

      (a) Analyses of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and the impact of the storage project on those flows;

      (b) Comparative analyses of alternative means of supplying water, including but not limited to the costs and benefits of conservation and efficiency alternatives and the extent to which long-term water supply needs may be met using those alternatives;

      (c) Analyses of environmental harm or impacts from the proposed storage project;

      (d) Evaluation of the need for and feasibility of using stored water to augment in-stream flows to conserve, maintain and enhance aquatic life, fish life and any other ecological values; and

      (e) For a proposed storage project that is for municipal use, analysis of local and regional water demand and the proposed storage project’s relationship to existing and planned water supply projects. [2008 c.13 §2]

 

      Note: See note under 541.561.

 

      541.567 [1987 c.855 §10; renumbered 196.625 in 1989]

 

      541.570 [1987 c.855 §12; renumbered 196.630 in 1989]

 

      541.575 [1987 c.855 §13; renumbered 196.635 in 1989]

 

      541.576 Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund. (1) The Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund shall be credited to the General Fund. Moneys in the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund are continuously appropriated to the Water Resources Department to award grants and to pay the cost of direct services provided under ORS 541.561.

      (2) The Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Investment Fund shall consist of:

      (a) Moneys appropriated to the fund by the Legislative Assembly;

      (b) Any moneys that may be transferred to the fund by the federal government, a state agency or a local government; and

      (c) Grant repayments, if any. [2008 c.13 §3]

 

      Note: See note under 541.561.

 

      541.577 [1987 c.855 §4; 1989 c.966 §60; renumbered 196.640 in 1989]

 

      541.580 [1987 c.855 §6; renumbered 196.645 in 1989]

 

      541.581 Rules for grant and direct service cost payment program. The Water Resources Commission shall adopt rules necessary to administer ORS 541.561 to 541.581, including rules that:

      (1) Establish reporting requirements for grants awarded under ORS 541.561;

      (2) Provide for public comment before the award of grants and payment for direct services under ORS 541.561; and

      (3) Implement the priorities required by ORS 541.561. [2008 c.13 §4]

 

      Note: See note under 541.561.

 

      541.585 [1987 c.855 §5; renumbered 196.650 in 1989]

 

      541.587 [1987 c.855 §11; renumbered 196.655 in 1989]

 

      541.590 [1987 c.855 §19; renumbered 196.660 in 1989]

 

      541.595 [1987 c.855 §1a; renumbered 196.665 in 1989]

 

WATER DEVELOPMENT IN COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

 

      541.600 Definitions for ORS 541.600 to 541.641 and temporary provisions relating to loans for Columbia River Basin projects. As used in ORS 541.600 to 541.641 and sections 20, 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009:

      (1) “Economic public benefit” means the improvement of economic conditions that relate to one or more of the following:

      (a) Job creation;

      (b) Encouragement of economic investments;

      (c) Increases in state revenues;

      (d) Protection of public resource lands;

      (e) Increases in the efficiency of state spending; and

      (f) Other activities that enhance economic activity within the state.

      (2) “Net environmental public benefit” means the improvement of ecological conditions, compared with a preproject baseline, that relate to one or more of the following:

      (a) Water, velocity, temperature, stream flow levels and other stream flow conditions that provide for critical life history needs of state or federally listed sensitive, threatened or endangered fish species and that maintain or enhance population viability of those species.

      (b) Stream flow conditions that support the life stages of native fish species or that will allow for the reintroduction of native fish species.

      (c) Return flows to surface water bodies from aquifer recharge projects or from other underground water storage projects, and the in-stream protection for those return flows designed to have in-stream benefits.

      (d) Protection of peak flows at above-ground and underground storage projects.

      (e) Protection of ecological flows at above-ground and underground storage projects.

      (f) Water temperature, dissolved oxygen content and other water quality conditions, and progress toward the attainment of water standards that are not being met in the relevant water body.

      (g) Ground water quality or quantity.

      (h) Aquatic or riparian habitat restoration or enhancement.

      (i) Eliminating nonpoint source pollutant transport.

      (3) “Secondary use” has the meaning given that term in ORS 541.700.

      (4) “Social and cultural public benefit” means the improvement of conditions that relate to one or more of the following:

      (a) Promoting public health and welfare;

      (b) Recreational use;

      (c) Outdoor schools; and

      (d) Hunting and fishing.

      (5) “Water conservation” means an undertaking that results in:

      (a) A decrease in the consumptive use of water;

      (b) An increase in water use efficiency; or

      (c) An increase in water available to meet in-stream needs.

      (6) “Water development project” means:

      (a) A water development project as defined in ORS 541.700.

      (b) All or part of an undertaking in this state for the purpose of:

      (A) Water management, measurement, conservation, efficiency, reuse or storage;

      (B) Streamflow restoration; or

      (C) Benefiting multiple purposes, such as agricultural, domestic, commercial, recreational, municipal or in-stream purposes.

      (c) Secondary uses in conjunction with projects described in paragraph (b) of this subsection. [2009 c.907 §18]

 

      Note: 541.600 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      541.605 [1967 c.567 §2; 1971 c.509 §4; 1971 c.754 §1; 1973 c.330 §1; 1973 c.674 §1; 1977 c.417 §2; 1977 c.418 §1; 1979 c.564 §1; 1989 c.837 §4; renumbered 196.670 and then 196.800 in 1989]

 

      541.606 Water Investment Grant Fund. (1) The Water Investment Grant Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the Water Investment Grant Fund shall be credited to the Water Investment Grant Fund. Moneys in the Water Investment Grant Fund are continuously appropriated to the Water Resources Department to fund grants under ORS 541.631 and to pay the administrative costs of the department in operating a grant program under ORS 541.600 to 541.641 and sections 20, 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009.

      (2) The Water Investment Grant Fund consists of the following:

      (a) Moneys appropriated to the fund by the Legislative Assembly.

      (b) Any moneys that may be transferred to the fund by the federal government, a state agency or a local government.

      (c) Any bond proceeds authorized for deposit to the fund.

      (d) Proceeds from grant application fees described in ORS 541.611.

      (e) Gifts, grants or donations to the fund. Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the department may use moneys received under this paragraph according to any terms and conditions of the gift, grant or donation.

      (3)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, the department may make a grant for a qualifying project from the fund to:

      (A) An Indian tribe as defined in ORS 391.802;

      (B) A person as defined in ORS 536.007; or

      (C) A for-profit or nonprofit cooperative.

      (b) The department may not issue a grant from the fund to a municipality or a provider of water for municipal purposes. [2009 c.907 §16]

 

      Note: 541.606 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      Note: 541.606 was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 541 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.610 [1967 c.567 §1; 1971 c.754 §2; 1973 c.330 §2; 1973 c.674 §2; 1977 c.418 §2; 1979 c.564 §2; renumbered 196.675 and then 196.805 in 1989]

 

      541.611 Application for grant from Water Investment Grant Fund; fee. (1) Any person or entity described in ORS 541.606 may file an application with the Water Resources Department for a grant from the Water Investment Grant Fund to enable the construction of a water development project located in the Columbia River Basin.

      (2) An application filed under this section must be in a form prescribed by the Water Resources Commission and include the following:

      (a) A description of the nature and the primary and secondary purposes of the project.

      (b) An analysis of the need for the project and for the water that the project is intended to deliver.

      (c) Identification and description of the project components sufficient to meet the conditions for project funding approval under ORS 541.631.

      (d) A description of the economic feasibility of the project, including but not limited to:

      (A) The costs of the project; and

      (B) Information about the financial and other aspects of the operation and maintenance plans for the project.

      (e) Suggestions for interim and long-term project performance benchmarks.

      (f) An analysis of the project impacts including, but not limited to, the:

      (A) Expected economic public benefits.

      (B) Expected social and cultural public benefits.

      (C) Expected net environmental public benefits.

      (g) An evaluation of the potential impact on water quality, based upon water quality standards.

      (h) Proof that the applicant has acquired at least a final order or limited license for necessary water permits from the department.

      (i) Letters of support for the proposed water resource development project.

      (j) If the project has not previously received state funding, a statement regarding whether other moneys are available or have been sought or received for the implementation of the project.

      (k) Information sufficient to demonstrate that the amount of the requested funding will be matched by the funding from another source that is not less than a dollar-for-dollar match.

      (L) Any other information required by the department.

      (3) If the project will receive surface water impounded from a perennial stream, water diverted from a stream that supports sensitive, threatened or endangered fish, or more than 500 acre-feet of diverted surface water annually, in addition to the other information required under this section the application shall include the following completed studies:

      (a) An analysis of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and of the impact of the project on those flows, that conforms to standards set by the department in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and other relevant agencies;

      (b) An independent comparative analysis of alternative means of supplying the water intended to be generated by the project, including but not limited to the costs and benefits of conservation, reuse and alternatives and the extent to which long-term water supply needs may be met using those alternatives; and

      (c) Evaluation of the need for and feasibility of using project-derived water to augment in-stream flows to conserve, maintain and enhance aquatic life, fish life and any other ecological values.

      (4) If the applicant is an agricultural water supplier, the applicant must have an approved agriculture water management and conservation plan, have submitted a completed agricultural water management and conservation plan to the Water Resources Department for approval or be in the process of completing or updating a water management and conservation plan.

      (5) The commission may establish fees for filing applications for a grant under this section. Moneys from the application fees established by the commission shall be deposited to the Water Investment Grant Fund.

      (6) An analysis and evaluation conducted as part of a study performed pursuant to ORS 541.561 to 541.581 and sections 5 and 6, chapter 13, Oregon Laws 2008, is deemed to satisfy the requirements of subsection (3) of this section. [2009 c.907 §19]

 

      Note: 541.611 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      541.615 [1967 c.567 §3; 1971 c.754 §3; 1989 c.837 §15; renumbered 196.680 and then 196.810 in 1989]

 

      541.616 Incomplete applications; public notice of application; assessment of project. (1) If an application filed under ORS 541.611 or section 20, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, lacks any required information, the Water Resources Department may reject the application or require the applicant to submit additional information.

      (2) Upon receipt of a completed application filed under ORS 541.611 or section 20, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, the department shall provide public notice by posting the application on the department’s website for a 60-day period prior to issuing a loan or grant to the applicant.

      (3) The department shall provide for the receipt of public comment on the application during the 60-day period that the application is posted on the department website, as specified by the Water Resources Commission by rule.

      (4) The department shall review the application information filed under ORS 541.611 or section 20, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009. The department shall commence the assessment no later than 60 days after receiving the application.

      (5) The department shall assess each project in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Parks and Recreation Department, the Department of Environmental Quality and affected tribal governments, and with other interested parties as appropriate. If a project may affect agricultural use, the Water Resources Department shall also assess the project in consultation with the State Department of Agriculture.

      (6) In assessing the net environmental public benefit of the project, the Water Resources Department shall weigh the project’s various environmental impacts on, and enhancements to, all of the forms of environmental benefit described in ORS 541.600 (2). [2009 c.907 §21]

 

Note 1: 541.616 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

Note 2: The amendments to 541.616 by section 42, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015 (but see Note 1). See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text of 541.616 as amended by section 42, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.616. (1) If an application filed under ORS 541.611 lacks any required information, the Water Resources Department may reject the application or require the applicant to submit additional information.

      (2) Upon receipt of a completed application filed under ORS 541.611, the department shall provide public notice by posting the application on the department’s website for a 60-day period prior to issuing a grant to the applicant.

      (3) The department shall provide for the receipt of public comment on the application during the 60-day period that the application is posted on the department website, as specified by the Water Resources Commission by rule.

      (4) The department shall review the application information filed under ORS 541.611. The department shall commence the assessment no later than 60 days after receiving the application.

      (5) The department shall assess each project in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Parks and Recreation Department, the Department of Environmental Quality and affected tribal governments, and with other interested parties as appropriate. If a project may affect agricultural use, the Water Resources Department shall also assess the project in consultation with the State Department of Agriculture.

      (6) In assessing the net environmental public benefit of the project, the Water Resources Department shall weigh the project’s various environmental impacts on, and enhancements to, all of the forms of environmental benefit described in ORS 541.600 (2).

 

      541.620 [1967 c.567 §4; 1969 c.338 §4; 1971 c.754 §4; 1973 c.674 §3, 1977 c.418 §3; 1977 c.564 §6; 1989 c.1039 §1; renumbered 196.685 and then 196.815 in 1989]

 

      541.621 Review of grant application; rules; project priority; mandatory considerations; net environmental public benefit. (1) The Water Resources Commission shall adopt rules establishing guidelines for the Water Resources Department’s review of applications for a grant filed under ORS 541.611 and for the assessment of projects for which grants are sought. The guidelines shall include:

      (a) Evaluation of the awarding of grants as a financial incentive to accomplish the goals of the grant program;

      (b) Consideration of the financial needs of applicants and other special circumstances; and

      (c) Consideration of the economic public benefit, social and cultural public benefit and net environmental public benefit of the project.

      (2) The guidelines shall give priority to projects that:

      (a) Recharge aquifers in limited and critical ground water areas;

      (b) Are designed to deliver the greatest net environmental public benefit;

      (c) Include in-stream flow restoration components;

      (d) Conserve water; or

      (e) Are water storage projects that provide for stored water to be used for restoring or augmenting streamflows in a manner that conserves, maintains and enhances water quality, aquatic life, fish life or other ecological values.

      (3) The guidelines shall require that the department consider the following:

      (a) Local support for the project;

      (b) Oregon’s in-stream and out-of-stream water needs as influenced by existing and anticipated climate change;

      (c) The project’s potential to facilitate economic development;

      (d) The projected impact of the project on public health matters relating to water; and

      (e) Statewide water needs.

      (4) The commission shall adopt rules for use by the Water Resources Department in assessing the net environmental public benefits of a project under ORS 541.616. The commission must consult with, and provide a 60-day period for the receipt of comment from, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Parks and Recreation Department, the State Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Quality before the commission adopts a rule described in this subsection. [2009 c.907 §22]

 

      Note: 541.621 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      541.622 [1977 c.120 §2; 1987 c.160 §1; renumbered 196.690 and then 196.820 in 1989]

 

      541.625 [1967 c.567 §5; 1969 c.593 §49; 1971 c.754 §5; 1973 c.330 §3; 1973 c.674 §6; 1977 c.417 §1; 1979 c.200 §1; 1979 c.564 §3a; 1981 c.796 §1; 1987 c.70 §1; 1989 c.837 §16; 1989 c.904 §70; renumbered 196.695 and then 196.825 in 1989]

 

      541.626 [1979 c.564 §5; 1981 c.796 §2; 1983 c.827 §56; 1989 c.837 §5; renumbered 196.700 and then 196.830 in 1989]

 

      541.627 [1973 c.674 §5; 1979 c.564 §6; renumbered 196.705 and then 196.835 in 1989]

 

      541.630 [1967 c.567 §6; 1971 c.754 §6; 1973 c.330 §4; 1973 c.674 §7; 1981 c.796 §3; renumbered 196.710 and then 196.840 in 1989]

 

      541.631 Conditions for approval of grant application; water storage project design requirements; protection of public benefit; waiver of conditions; rules. (1) Subject to any additional qualifications or restrictions under ORS 541.616, 541.621 or 541.636 or Water Resources Commission rules, the Water Resources Department may approve a grant application filed under ORS 541.611 if the department finds that:

      (a) The plan for the construction of the proposed project complies with all applicable provisions related to water well constructors under ORS 537.747 to 537.765, reservoirs and diversion dams under ORS 540.340 and dams, dikes and hydraulic structures or works in ORS 540.350;

      (b) Planned diversions of surface water include provision for fish screens and, if applicable, volitional fish passage;

      (c) The use of surface water or ground water from the project will be measured and reported;

      (d) The applicant or beneficiaries of water from the project measure and report, or have scheduled and financed the measurement of, all existing water use at the point of diversion;

      (e) There is a reasonable certainty that the project, considered in total, will deliver a measurable net environmental public benefit; and

      (f) To the extent applicable, the project complies with subsection (2) or (3) of this section.

      (2) A water storage project must be designed:

      (a) To provide for no more than 75 percent of new stored water in the aquifer or above-ground storage location of the project to be withdrawn for agricultural purposes and for not less than 25 percent of the new water to be dedicated for the purpose of providing net environmental public benefits or in-stream benefits; and

      (b) To the extent practicable, to return dedicated new stored water for stream augmentation at a time of year that the Water Resources Department, in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and relevant tribal governments, determines will provide the maximum net environmental public benefit or in-stream benefit.

      (3) If more than 25 percent of the funding for a water storage project is from grants of state moneys and is not subject to repayment, the project must be designed to dedicate for the purpose of providing net environmental public benefit or in-stream benefit a percentage of the new stored water created by the project that equals or exceeds the percentage of funding for the project that is from grants of state moneys. The Water Resources Department shall manage the dedicated increment of new stored water for net environmental public benefit or in-stream benefit.

      (4) On or before the earlier of six years after the issuance of the ground water recharge permit or the date the water right certificate is issued, the department shall quantify and legally protect the increment of new water returned in stream from a project described in this section.

      (5) The department shall require as a contractual condition for issuing the grant, and as a condition of any new water permit or water right certificate, that if the project receives grants or loans from state moneys other than a grant issued under this section, the project must be operated in a manner that actually dedicates the percentage of new stored water for net environmental public benefit or in-stream benefit that the project was designed to dedicate for those purposes.

      (6) The department shall require that a project protect peak and ecological flows to the extent determined by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to be necessary.

      (7) The commission, by rule, may allow the Water Resources Department to waive any requirement of this section for the issuance of a grant, other than the requirement of a measurable net environmental public benefit, if:

      (a) The grant application requests less than $20,000; or

      (b) The project is a conservation, efficiency, restoration or reuse project that can be shown to the satisfaction of the department to cause no harm to the source, any receiving stream, fish or wildlife or existing water rights.

      (8) This section and ORS 541.611, 541.616, 541.621, 541.636 and 541.641 do not limit the authority granted the Environmental Quality Commission or the Department of Environmental Quality under ORS chapter 468B. [2009 c.907 §23; 2009 c.907 §30]

 

      Note: 541.631 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      Note: Section 33, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, provides:

      Sec. 33. (1) Notwithstanding ORS 541.611, 541.616, 541.621 and 541.631, but subject to ORS 541.636, the Water Resources Department shall waive the grant application process described in ORS 541.611, 541.616, 541.621 and 541.631 when issuing a grant for water development projects that:

      (a) Are located in an area of the Umatilla Basin for which an assessment has been performed under chapter 13, Oregon Laws 2008; and

      (b) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, are designed:

      (A) To provide for no more than 75 percent of new stored water to be withdrawn and for not less than 25 percent of the new water to be dedicated for the purpose of providing net environmental public benefits or in-stream benefits; and

      (B) To the extent practicable, to return dedicated new stored water for stream augmentation at a time of year that the Water Resources Department, in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and relevant tribal governments, determines will provide the maximum net environmental public benefit or in-stream benefit.

      (2) If more than 25 percent of the funding for an aquifer storage and recovery project is from grants of state moneys and is not subject to repayment, the project must be designed to dedicate for the purpose of providing net environmental public benefit or in-stream benefit a percentage of the new stored water created by the project that equals or exceeds the percentage of funding for the project that is from grants of state moneys. The Water Resources Department shall manage the dedicated increment of new stored water for net environmental public benefit and in-stream benefit.

      (3) This section does not limit the authority granted the Environmental Quality Commission or the Department of Environmental Quality under ORS chapter 468B.

      (4) This section is repealed July 1, 2015. [2009 c.907 §33; 2013 c.784 §29]

 

      541.635 [1967 c.567 §7; 1971 c.754 §7; renumbered 196.715 and then 196.845 in 1989]

 

      541.636 Conditions for issuance of grant; fees. (1) The Water Resources Department shall ensure that any necessary federal and state environmental impact approval processes have been completed, and that agencies have issued any relevant approvals and permits, before the advancement of any grant moneys for a project described in ORS 541.631. The department shall determine the amount of a grant from the Water Investment Grant Fund on a case-by-case basis. The department may not issue a grant under ORS 541.631 to provide assistance for operational or maintenance expenses of a water development project other than project startup costs.

      (2) The department may issue a grant from the fund only if the applicant agrees to periodic review of the project, including but not limited to:

      (a) Review of interim and long-term performance benchmarks set by the department; and

      (b) Program and fiscal audits to ensure that performance benchmarks are achieved on project development, project benefits and return on investment.

      (3) The department may issue a grant from the fund only if the applicant agrees to report to the department no later than two years after receiving the grant moneys regarding the progress of the project and the economic public benefit, social and cultural public benefit and net environmental public benefit realized from the project. The department shall provide copies of the applicant reports received by the department during the biennium to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly dealing with natural resources.

      (4) The Water Resources Commission may establish reasonable fees for management, oversight or review services that the department provides for a water development project. The fees shall be deposited to the Water Investment Grant Fund.

      (5) For a project described in ORS 541.631 (2), the commission may require compliance with the conditions described in ORS 541.631 (2) as a condition of any new water permits issued for the project and may monitor operation of the project to ensure compliance. [2009 c.907 §24]

 

      Note: 541.636 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      541.640 [1967 c.567 §8; 1971 c.754 §8; 1973 c.330 §5; 1973 c.674 §8; 1981 c.796 §4; repealed by 1989 c.837 §8 (196.718 enacted in lieu of 541.640)]

 

      541.641 Exception to water measurement requirement. Notwithstanding ORS 541.631 and section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, the Water Resources Department may issue a grant under ORS 541.631 or a loan under section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, to an agricultural water supplier that fails to adequately demonstrate water measurement if:

      (1) The water development project otherwise qualifies for that grant or loan as provided under ORS 541.631 or section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009; and

      (2) The department finds that:

      (a) The applicant is seeking the grant or loan for the purpose of implementing water measurement and the department has approved an implementation plan to ensure that the water measurement requirement is met; or

      (b) The applicant has secured funding from a source other than the state that will ensure implementation of water measurement. [2009 c.907 §27]

 

Note 1: 541.641 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

Note 2: The amendments to 541.641 by section 43, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015 (but see Note 1). See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text of 541.641 as amended by section 43, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.641. Notwithstanding ORS 541.631, the Water Resources Department may issue a grant under ORS 541.631 to an agricultural water supplier that fails to adequately demonstrate water measurement if:

      (1) The water development project otherwise qualifies for that grant as provided under ORS 541.631; and

      (2) The department finds that:

      (a) The applicant is seeking the grant for the purpose of implementing water measurement and the department has approved an implementation plan to ensure that the water measurement requirement is met; or

      (b) The applicant has secured funding from a source other than the state that will ensure implementation of water measurement.

 

      541.645 [1967 c.567 §9; 1971 c.754 §9; 1989 c.837 §17; renumbered 196.720 and then 196.855 in 1989]

 

      541.646 Rules for grant and loan programs. The Water Resources Commission may adopt rules the commission considers reasonable for the administration and enforcement of ORS 541.600 to 541.641 and sections 20, 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009. [2009 c.907 §28]

 

      Note: 541.646 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      Note: 541.646 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

(Temporary provisions relating to loans for Columbia River Basin projects)

 

      Note: Sections 20, 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, provide:

      Sec. 20. (1) A water developer, as defined in ORS 541.700, shall file an application for a loan from the Water Development Fund as provided in this section instead of under ORS 541.705 if:

      (a) The applicant is not a municipality or a provider of water for municipal purposes;

      (b) The loan is for the purpose of enabling the construction of a water development project in the Columbia River Basin; and

      (c) The moneys from which the loan is to be funded were provided under an appropriation that dedicates the moneys for use under this section or for loans of a type described in this subsection made to applicants of a type described in this subsection.

      (2) An application filed under this section must be in a form prescribed by the Water Resources Commission and include the following:

      (a) A description of the nature and the primary and secondary purposes of the project.

      (b) An analysis of the need for the project and for the water that the project is intended to deliver.

      (c) Identification and description of the project components sufficient to meet the conditions for project funding approval under section 25 of this 2009 Act.

      (d) A description of the economic feasibility of the project, including but not limited to:

      (A) The costs of the project; and

      (B) Information about the financial and other aspects of the operation and maintenance plans for the project.

      (e) Suggestions for interim and long-term project performance benchmarks.

      (f) An analysis of the project impacts including, but not limited to, the:

      (A) Expected economic public benefits.

      (B) Expected social and cultural public benefits.

      (C) Expected net environmental public benefits.

      (g) An evaluation of the potential impact on water quality, based upon water quality standards.

      (h) Proof that the applicant has acquired at least a final order or limited license for necessary water permits from the department.

      (i) Letters of support for the proposed water resource development project.

      (j) If the project has not previously received state funding, a statement regarding whether other moneys are available or have been sought or received for the implementation of the water resource development project.

      (k) A description of a loan repayment plan.

      (L) Any other information required by the department.

      (3) Any relevant information described in ORS 541.705 (2)(c) or (e) or (3).

      (4) If the project will receive surface water impounded from a perennial stream, water diverted from a stream that supports sensitive, threatened or endangered fish, or more than 500 acre-feet of diverted surface water annually, in addition to the other information required under this section the application shall include the following completed studies:

      (a) An analysis of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and of the impact of the project on those flows, that conforms to standards set by the department in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and other relevant agencies;

      (b) An independent comparative analysis of alternative means of supplying the water intended to be generated by the project, including but not limited to the costs and benefits of conservation, reuse and alternatives and the extent to which long-term water supply needs may be met using those alternatives; and

      (c) Evaluation of the need for and feasibility of using project-derived water to augment in-stream flows to conserve, maintain and enhance aquatic life, fish life and any other ecological values.

      (5) If the applicant is an agricultural water supplier, the applicant must have an approved agriculture water management and conservation plan, have submitted a completed agricultural water management and conservation plan to the Water Resources Department for approval or be in the process of completing or updating a water management and conservation plan.

      (6) An application under this section is subject to application fees and additional processing costs as described in ORS 541.710 and loan processing fees under ORS 541.730.

      (7) An analysis and evaluation conducted as part of a study performed pursuant to chapter 13, Oregon Laws 2008 [541.561 to 541.581 and sections 5 and 6, chapter 13, Oregon Laws 2008], is deemed to satisfy the requirements of subsection (4) of this section. [2009 c.907 §20]

      Sec. 25. (1) The Water Resources Department, acting as agent for the Water Resources Commission, may approve a loan for which an application is filed under section 20 of this 2009 Act, if the department finds that:

      (a) The loan meets any applicable qualifications or restrictions under Article XI-I(1) of the Oregon Constitution, ORS 541.700 to 541.855, section 26 of this 2009 Act, Water Resources Commission rules and bondholder agreements;

      (b) The plan for the construction of the proposed project complies with all applicable provisions related to water well constructors under ORS 537.747 to 537.765, reservoirs and diversion dams under ORS 540.340 and dams, dikes and hydraulic structures or works in ORS 540.350;

      (c) Planned diversions of surface water include provision for fish screens and, if applicable, volitional fish passage;

      (d) The use of surface water or ground water from the project will be measured and reported;

      (e) The applicant or beneficiaries of water from the project measure and report, or have scheduled and financed the measurement of, all existing water use at the point of diversion;

      (f) There is a reasonable certainty that the project will deliver a measurable net environmental public benefit; and

      (g) The project is designed to deliver in-stream benefits.

      (2) The department shall require that a project protect peak and ecological flows to the extent determined by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to be necessary.

      (3) This section and sections 20 and 26 of this 2009 Act do not limit the authority granted the Environmental Quality Commission or the Department of Environmental Quality under ORS chapter 468B. [2009 c.907 §25; 2009 c.907 §31]

      Sec. 26. (1) The Water Resources Department shall ensure that any necessary federal and state environmental impact approval processes have been completed, and that agencies have issued any relevant approvals and permits, before the advancement of any loan moneys for a project described in section 25 of this 2009 Act. The department shall determine the amount of a loan for a project described in section 25 of this 2009 Act on a case-by-case basis. The department shall determine the maximum amount of a loan based in part upon a reasonable and prudent expectation of the ability of the borrower to repay the loan. The department may not issue a loan to provide assistance for operational or maintenance expenses of a water development project other than project startup costs.

      (2) Notwithstanding ORS 541.730, if the Water Resources Commission, in consultation with the State Treasurer, believes that the project is unlikely to produce a net profit for the borrower or for any for-profit entity, the commission may set the loan interest rate at a level that reduces or waives the amount of the interest rate set under ORS 541.730 that is in excess of the interest to be paid to bondholders on the underlying bonds.

      (3) The department may issue a loan only if the applicant agrees to periodic review of the project, including but not limited to:

      (a) Review of interim and long-term performance benchmarks set by the department; and

      (b) Program and fiscal audits to ensure that performance benchmarks are achieved on project development, project benefits and return on investment.

      (4) The department may issue a loan only if the applicant agrees to report to the department no later than two years after receiving the loan moneys regarding the progress of the project and the economic public benefit, social and cultural public benefit and net environmental public benefit realized from the project. The department shall provide copies of the applicant reports received by the department during the biennium to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly dealing with natural resources.

      (5) The commission may establish reasonable fees for management, oversight or review services that the department provides for a water development project. The fees shall be deposited to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. [2009 c.907 §26]

 

      Note: Section 34, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, provides:

      Sec. 34. Sections 20, 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, are repealed July 1, 2015. The repeal of sections 20, 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, by this section does not alter the terms of any loan, contract or other agreement issued under section 20, 25 or 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, or alter the conditions of any water permit or water right certificate that contains conditions that are based upon sections 20, 25 or 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009. [2009 c.907 §34; 2013 c.784 §30]

 

      541.650 [1967 c.567 §10; 1971 c.754 §10; 1973 c.330 §6; 1973 c.674 §9; 1985 c.414 §1; 1989 c.837 §18; renumbered 196.725 and then 196.860 in 1989]

 

WATER SUPPLY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

      541.651 Definitions for ORS 541.651 to 541.696. As used in ORS 541.651 to 541.696:

      (1) “Newly developed water” means the new increment of water:

      (a) Stored for a project providing new or expanded storage;

      (b) Allocated to a use under a secondary water right for a project involving the allocation of previously uncontracted water stored by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under an existing water right; or

      (c) Conserved for a project to allocate conserved water under the program described in ORS 537.455 to 537.500.

      (2) “Seasonally varying flows” means the duration, timing, frequency and volume of flows, identified for the purpose of determining conditions for a new or expanded storage project, that must remain in-stream outside of the official irrigation season in order to protect and maintain the biological, ecological and physical functions of the watershed downstream of the point of diversion, with due regard given to the need for balancing the functions against the need to store water for multiple purposes. [2013 c.784 §1]

 

      Note: 541.651 to 541.696 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.653 Purpose and application of ORS 541.651 to 541.696. (1) The purpose of ORS 541.651 to 541.696 is to establish a means for state government to support the development of water resource projects having economic, environmental and community benefits.

      (2) The Legislative Assembly intends that any conditions or requirements described in ORS 541.651 to 541.696 apply only to projects that receive loans or grants from the Water Supply Development Account established in ORS 541.656. [2013 c.784 §2]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.655 [1967 c.567 §11; 1971 c.754 §11; 1973 c.330 §7; 1973 c.674 §10; 1985 c.414 §2; renumbered 196.730 and then 196.865 in 1989]

 

      541.656 Water Supply Development Account. (1) The Water Supply Development Account is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the Water Supply Development Account shall be credited to the account. Moneys in the account are continuously appropriated to the Water Resources Department for use in carrying out ORS 541.651 to 541.696.

      (2) The department may expend moneys from the account for:

      (a) Subject to subsection (4) of this section, making loans and grants to evaluate, plan and develop in-stream and out-of-stream water development projects approved by the Water Resources Commission, including but not limited to projects that:

      (A) Repair or replace infrastructure to increase the efficiency of water use;

      (B) Provide new or expanded water storage;

      (C) Improve or alter operations of existing water storage facilities in connection with newly developed water;

      (D) Create new, expanded, improved or altered water distribution, conveyance or delivery systems in connection with newly developed water;

      (E) Allocate federally stored water;

      (F) Promote water reuse;

      (G) Promote water conservation;

      (H) Provide streamflow protection or restoration;

      (I) Provide for water management or measurement in connection with newly developed water; and

      (J) Determine seasonally varying flows in connection with newly developed water.

      (b) Paying the necessary administrative and technical costs of the department in carrying out ORS 541.651 to 541.696.

      (3)(a) In addition to any other permissible uses of moneys in the account, the department may expend moneys from the account to support:

      (A) Ongoing studies conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to allocate stored water; and

      (B) Comprehensive basin studies conducted by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.

      (b) Expenditures described in this subsection are not subject to any grant or loan procedures, public benefit scoring or ranking or other requirements or restrictions for grants or loans established under ORS 541.651 to 541.696.

      (4) The department may expend account moneys under subsection (2) of this section for loans and grants to develop in-stream and out-of-stream water development projects only if the department determines under ORS 540.530 that any transfer of water rights for the project will not injure existing water rights. [2013 c.784 §3]

 

      Note: Sections 25 to 28, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

      Sec. 25. Notwithstanding section 3 of this 2013 Act [541.656], moneys may not be expended from the Water Supply Development Account for the construction of projects that:

      (1) Impound surface water on a perennial stream;

      (2) Diverts water from a stream that supports state or federally listed sensitive, threatened or endangered fish species; or

      (3) Diverts more than 500 acre-feet of water annually. [2013 c.784 §25]

      Sec. 26. Section 25 of this 2013 Act is repealed January 2, 2015. [2013 c.784 §26]

      Sec. 27. Notwithstanding section 3 of this 2013 Act [541.656], the Water Resources Department may expend moneys from the Water Supply Development Account for the purposes of paying the necessary administrative and technical costs of the department in carrying out sections 17 to 20 of this 2013 Act. [2013 c.784 §27]

      Sec. 28. Section 27 of this 2013 Act is repealed July 1, 2017. [2013 c.784 §28]

 

      Note: Sections 7 and 7a (1), chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

      Sec. 7. Lottery bonds for water development projects. (1) For the biennium beginning July 1, 2013, at the request of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, after the department consults with the Water Resources Department, the State Treasurer is authorized to issue lottery bonds pursuant to ORS 286A.560 to 286A.585 in an amount that produces $10,000,000 in net proceeds and interest earnings for the purposes described in subsection (2) of this section, plus an additional amount estimated by the State Treasurer to be necessary to pay bond-related costs.

      (2) Net proceeds of lottery bonds issued under this section and interest earnings must be transferred to the Water Resources Department in an amount sufficient to provide $10,000,000 in net proceeds and interest earnings to make grants or loans to develop and implement water storage systems and delivery infrastructure, implement conservation and reuse projects, and provide access to new water supplies.

      (3) The Legislative Assembly finds that the use of lottery bond proceeds will create jobs, further economic development, finance public education or restore and protect parks, beaches, watersheds and native fish and wildlife, and is authorized based on the following findings:

      (a) Adequate drinking water systems, irrigation, drainage and healthy ecosystems enhance community development and encourage economic growth.

      (b) Having adequate drinking water systems, irrigation, drainage and healthy ecosystems is essential to Oregon’s economic growth.

      (c) Assisting local governments to mitigate losses resulting from reduced water supply for irrigation and retirement of water rights will enhance community efforts to facilitate and promote economic growth. [2013 c.786 §7]

      Sec. 7a. (1) If Senate Bill 839 [chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013] becomes law, the moneys described in section 7 (2) of this 2013 Act must be deposited in the Water Supply Development Account established in section 3, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013 [541.656]. [2013 c.786 §7a(1)]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.659 Loan and grant applicants. Loans and grants may be made from the Water Supply Development Account to persons as defined in ORS 536.007, Indian tribes as defined in ORS 391.802 and nonprofit organizations. If an applicant is required to have a water management and conservation plan, the plan must be submitted to the Water Resources Department and receive approval prior to department acceptance of an application for a loan or grant from the account. [2013 c.784 §4]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.660 [1967 c.567 §12; 1973 c.330 §8; 1973 c.674 §11; 1979 c.284 §166; 1985 c.414 §3; renumbered 196.735 and then 196.870 in 1989]

 

      541.662 [Enacted by 1973 c.330 §10 and 1973 c.674 §13; 1985 c.545 §7; renumbered 196.740 and then 196.875 in 1989]

 

      541.663 Preapplication conferences. (1) A prospective applicant for a loan or grant from the Water Supply Development Account may participate in a preapplication conference with the Water Resources Department.

      (2) At the preapplication conference, the department shall inform the prospective applicant of the procedural and substantive requirements of a loan or grant application and of the scoring system used to evaluate loan and grant requests. The department shall assist the prospective applicant by identifying known issues that may affect project eligibility for a loan or grant from the account.

      (3) Not less than 14 days before the preapplication conference, the prospective applicant must provide the department with adequate project information to prepare for the preapplication conference.

      (4) The prospective applicant may request additional preapplication consultation with the department. [2013 c.784 §5]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.665 [1971 c.754 §14; renumbered 196.745 and then 196.880 in 1989]

 

      541.666 Form and contents of loan or grant applications. Applications for a loan or grant from the Water Supply Development Account must be in a form prescribed by the Water Resources Department and must include the following:

      (1) A description of the need, purpose and nature of the project, including what the applicant intends to complete and how the applicant intends to proceed.

      (2) Sufficient information to allow evaluation of the application based upon the public benefit scoring and ranking of the project.

      (3) Current contact information for the principal contact, fiscal officer and involved landowners.

      (4) For applications involving physical changes or monitoring on private land, evidence that landowners are aware of and agree to the proposal and are aware that monitoring information is a public record.

      (5) The location of the proposed project, using public land survey reference points, latitude and longitude, county, watershed, river and stream mile, if appropriate.

      (6) An itemized budget for the project, including fiscal and administrative costs.

      (7) A description of funds, services or materials available to the project.

      (8) A project schedule, including beginning and completion dates.

      (9) Any conditions that may affect the completion of the project.

      (10) A completed feasibility analysis if appropriate.

      (11) Suggestions for interim and long-term project performance benchmarks.

      (12) If the application is for a grant, demonstrated in-kind and cash cost match of not less than 25 percent of the amount of the grant sought from the account.

      (13) If the application is for a loan, evidence demonstrating ability to repay the loan and provide collateral.

      (14) Letters of support for the proposed project.

      (15) If required by the department, a description of consultations with affected Indian tribes regarding the project.

      (16) Any other information required by the department. [2013 c.784 §6]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.669 Scoring and ranking of projects; funding decisions; rules. (1) The Water Resources Commission shall adopt rules establishing a system for scoring and ranking projects to determine which projects are to be awarded loans and grants from the Water Supply Development Account, including but not limited to the application of minimum criteria designed to achieve the outcomes described in ORS 541.677. The criteria shall be based on the public benefit categories described in ORS 541.673. The commission shall make the loan and grant funding decisions once each year. Applications must be filed with the Water Resources Department. The department shall accept an application for a loan or grant at any time, but shall establish a yearly deadline for the consideration of a pool of applications.

      (2) The department shall conduct a preliminary review of applications to check for completeness, eligibility and minimum requirements upon receipt of each application. The department shall return incomplete applications to the applicant. The department shall provide public notice by posting new funding applications on the department’s website for a 60-day period prior to reviewing the applications. The department shall provide for the receipt of public comment on the applications during the 60-day period that applications are posted on the department’s website.

      (3) The department shall forward applications that have passed preliminary review, along with any comments received from applicants or the public, to a technical review team consisting of representatives of the Water Resources Department, the Department of Environmental Quality, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Business Development Department, affected Indian tribes, any collaborative body established by the Governor to address challenges, opportunities and priorities for the region affected by the project and additional experts as determined by the Water Resources Department. The technical review team shall conduct the initial scoring and ranking for the projects described in the applications, consider comments from applicants and the public and make loan and grant funding recommendations to the commission. The commission shall determine the final scoring and ranking of projects and make the final decision regarding which projects are awarded loans or grants from the account. Before the commission makes a final decision on an application, the commission shall offer one additional opportunity for public comment.

      (4) The commission is not required to obligate all available account moneys during a funding cycle. Any available account moneys that are not obligated during a funding cycle shall be carried forward and be made available for projects in future funding cycles.

      (5) The department shall document the ranking of all applications and make the application ranking publicly available after the funding decisions by the commission have been published. [2013 c.784 §7]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.670 [1985 c.545 §6; 1987 c.855 §16; 1989 c.837 §22; renumbered 196.750 and then 196.885 in 1989]

 

      541.673 Evaluation for public benefits of project. (1) Projects applying under ORS 541.669 for funding from the Water Supply Development Account shall be evaluated based upon the public benefits of the project. The evaluation must consider both positive and negative effects of a project. The three categories of public benefit to be considered in the project evaluation are economic benefits, environmental benefits and social or cultural benefits. Each category of benefits shall be given equal importance in the evaluation of a project. The technical review team described in ORS 541.669 shall use the evaluation system to assign initial scores and rankings to projects. The Water Resources Commission shall use the evaluation system to assign final scorings and rankings to the projects. The commission shall award loan and grant funding from the account to the projects that have the greatest public benefit and will best achieve the outcomes described in ORS 541.677.

      (2) The evaluation of economic benefits for a project shall be based on the changes in economic conditions expected to result from the project, including but not limited to conditions related to:

      (a) Job creation or retention;

      (b) Increases in economic activity;

      (c) Increases in efficiency or innovation;

      (d) Enhancement of infrastructure, farmland, public resource lands, industrial lands, commercial lands or lands having other key uses;

      (e) Enhanced economic value associated with tourism or recreational or commercial fishing, with fisheries involving native fish of cultural significance to Indian tribes or with other economic values resulting from restoring or protecting water in-stream; and

      (f) Increases in irrigated land for agriculture.

      (3) The evaluation of environmental benefits for a project shall be based on the changes in environmental conditions expected to result from the project, including but not limited to conditions related to:

      (a) A measurable improvement in protected streamflows that:

      (A) Supports the natural hydrograph;

      (B) Improves floodplain function;

      (C) Supports state or federally listed sensitive, threatened or endangered fish species;

      (D) Supports native fish species of cultural importance to Indian tribes; or

      (E) Supports riparian habitat important for wildlife;

      (b) A measurable improvement in ground water levels that enhances environmental conditions in ground water restricted areas or other areas;

      (c) A measurable improvement in the quality of surface water or ground water;

      (d) Water conservation;

      (e) Increased ecosystem resiliency to climate change impacts; and

      (f) Improvements that address one or more limiting ecological factors in the project watershed.

      (4) The evaluation of the social or cultural benefits for a project shall be based on the changes in social or cultural conditions expected to result from the project, including but not limited to conditions related to:

      (a) The promotion of public health and safety and of local food systems;

      (b) A measurable improvement in conditions for members of minority or low-income communities, economically distressed rural communities, tribal communities or other communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes;

      (c) The promotion of recreation and scenic values;

      (d) Contribution to the body of scientific data publicly available in this state;

      (e) The promotion of state or local priorities, including but not limited to the restoration and protection of native fish species of cultural significance to Indian tribes; and

      (f) The promotion of collaborative basin planning efforts, including but not limited to efforts under the state integrated water resources strategy. [2013 c.784 §8]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.675 [1985 c.545 §3; renumbered 196.755 and then 196.890 in 1989]

 

      541.677 Target outcomes for scoring and ranking criteria. (1) The Water Resources Commission shall design the minimum criteria for the project scoring and ranking system described in ORS 541.669 to achieve the following outcomes:

      (a) The issuance of grants or loans only to projects that provide benefits in each of the three categories of public benefit described in ORS 541.673.

      (b) Preference for partnerships and collaborative projects.

      (c) The funding of projects of diverse sizes, types and geographic locations.

      (d) If a project proposes to divert water, preference for projects that provide a measurable improvement in protected streamflows.

      (e) If a project proposes to increase efficiency, preference for projects that provide a measurable increased efficiency of water use.

      (2) The Water Resources Department shall review the loan and grant program on a biennial basis to assess to what extent the outcomes described in subsection (1) of this section are being achieved, and shall report the review findings to the Water Resources Commission. The commission shall modify the project selection process as necessary to better achieve the outcomes described in subsection (1) of this section. [2013 c.784 §9]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.680 [1985 c.545 §4; renumbered 196.760 and then 196.895 in 1989]

 

      541.681 Conditions of grants for developing certain types of above-ground storage facilities. (1) The recipient of a grant from the Water Supply Development Account must agree to the condition set forth in subsection (2) of this section if the grant is for the development of a new or expanded above-ground storage facility that:

      (a) Impounds surface water on a perennial stream;

      (b) Diverts water from a stream that supports state or federally listed sensitive, threatened or endangered fish species; or

      (c) Diverts more than 500 acre-feet of water annually.

      (2) Twenty-five percent of the newly developed water from a project described in subsection (1) of this section must be dedicated to in-stream use.

      (3) To establish that a project complies with subsection (2) of this section, the grant recipient may include water dedicated to in-stream use as a result of the conditions of federal, state or local permits for the project. [2013 c.784 §10]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.683 Demonstration of public benefits of project. (1) A project that receives a loan or grant from the Water Supply Development Account must:

      (a) Demonstrate social or cultural benefits and economic benefits sufficient to qualify the project under the scoring and ranking system described in ORS 541.669; and

      (b) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 541.681, demonstrate environmental benefits:

      (A) By dedicating 25 percent of conserved water or newly developed water to in-stream use; or

      (B) By demonstrating environmental benefits that are sufficient to qualify the project under the scoring and ranking system described in ORS 541.669.

      (2) The description of public benefit requirements in subsection (1) of this section does not exempt any project from meeting the minimum criteria designed by the Water Resources Commission under ORS 541.677.

      (3) To establish that a project complies with subsection (1)(b) of this section, the loan or grant recipient may include water dedicated to in-stream use as a result of the conditions of federal, state or local permits for the project. [2013 c.784 §11]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.685 [1985 c.545 §5; renumbered 196.765 and then 196.900 in 1989]

 

      541.686 Protection of project water dedicated to in-stream use. If a project dedicates water to in-stream use under the requirements described in ORS 541.681 or as allowed under ORS 541.683, the Water Resources Department shall protect the dedicated water in-stream consistent with the priority of the dedicated water source. Dedicated water from projects may come from newly developed water or from other sources and may be put in-stream at other locations in the tributary if the department determines as provided under ORS 540.530 that the alternate location would not injure existing water rights and, in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, determines that the alternate location would provide greater or equal environmental benefit. The Water Resources Department, in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, shall determine the timing of the flows to maximize in-stream benefits in a manner consistent with public health and safety. [2013 c.784 §12]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.689 Projects requiring determination of seasonally varying flows; methodology. (1) The Water Resources Department shall make a determination as provided under subsection (2) of this section if an application for a loan or grant from the Water Supply Development Account is for a project that requires a new water storage or aquifer recharge permit or limited license for the storage of water outside of the official irrigation season and:

      (a) Impounds surface water on a perennial stream;

      (b) Diverts water from a stream that supports state or federally listed sensitive, threatened or endangered fish species; or

      (c) Diverts more than 500 acre-feet of surface water annually.

      (2) The department shall review a completed application for a project described in subsection (1) of this section to determine whether the applicable seasonally varying flows have been established under this section for the stream of interest. If the department determines that the applicable seasonally varying flows have not been established, the department shall establish the seasonally varying flows before issuing a loan or grant from the account. The department may use account moneys to pay the cost of establishing a seasonally varying flow and to pay other costs directly related to project development.

      (3) The department shall establish any seasonally varying flows under subsection (2) of this section in consultation with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and any affected Indian tribes. The department may rely upon existing scientific data and analysis or may fund new data and analysis. The department shall establish seasonally varying flows using a methodology established by Water Resources Commission rules. If seasonally varying flows are established for a stream, a subsequent water storage or aquifer recharge permit or limited license for the storage of water must be conditioned in accordance with the applicable seasonally varying flows if the license or permit:

      (a) Is for a project receiving a loan or grant from the account;

      (b) Is for the storage of water outside of the official irrigation season; and

      (c) Has a diversion point that is subject to seasonally varying flows.

      (4) The applicant for a permit or license described in subsection (3) of this section may request that seasonally varying flows be altered based upon new information. There is, however, a rebuttable presumption that existing applicable seasonally varying flows protect and maintain the biological, ecological and physical functions of the stream to the extent required by commission rules.

      (5) The department shall condition the new water storage permit and resulting certificate, new aquifer recharge permit and resulting certificate or new limited license associated with a project that receives a grant or loan from the account to protect the seasonally varying flow in effect at the time the loan or grant is issued for the project.

      (6) For purposes of any project that receives a loan or grant from the account and has the characteristics described in subsection (1) of this section, or any project described in subsection (3) of this section, the department shall use a seasonally varying flow methodology provided by commission rules in lieu of any other methodologies for determining seasonally varying flows or any methodologies for determining peak and ecological flows outside of the official irrigation season.

      (7) Subsections (1) to (6) of this section do not eliminate or alter any applicable standard for department review of an application to determine whether water is available for purposes of reviewing an application for a new water storage or aquifer recharge permit or a limited license for the storage of water. [2013 c.784 §13]

 

      Note: 541.689 becomes operative January 1, 2015. See section 21, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      Note: Sections 19, 20 and 23, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

      Sec. 19. (1) As used in this section:

      (a) “Consensus” means that no more than one member of a subgroup or task force objects to the product of the subgroup or task force.

      (b) “Seasonally varying flows” has the meaning given that term in section 1 of this 2013 Act [541.651].

      (2) The Governor shall appoint a task force consisting, subject to subsection (3) of this section, of such members as the Governor deems to be appropriate and sufficient to act as an advisory body on the functional needs of watersheds for seasonally varying flows and the financial feasibility of new water storage projects. The Governor shall consult with the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and the Water Resources Commission prior to making appointments to the task force under this section.

      (3) The task force membership shall include, but need not be limited to, a subgroup for addressing the functional needs of watersheds for seasonally varying flows and a subgroup to address the financial feasibility of new water storage projects. Each subgroup must have at least three members. Subgroup members must be persons with expertise in subjects relevant to the work of the subgroup. Task force members who are not subgroup members must be persons representing the interests of irrigated agriculture, municipal water suppliers, counties, the conservation community, Indian tribes, irrigation districts and industrial water users.

      (4) When carrying out its functions, the subgroup on functional needs for seasonally varying flows shall consider the biological, ecological and physical functions in watersheds during periods that are outside of the official irrigation season, including but not limited to:

      (a) Stream channel development and maintenance;

      (b) Connectivity to floodplains;

      (c) Sediment transport and deposition;

      (d) Migration triggers for upstream movement of adult fish and downstream movement of fry and juvenile fish;

      (e) Fish spawning and incubation;

      (f) Juvenile fish rearing; and

      (g) Adult fish passage.

      (5) When carrying out its functions, the subgroup on the financial feasibility of new water storage projects shall consider the practical aspects of developing and operating new water development projects, including but not limited to:

      (a) Practical engineering methods and applications;

      (b) The costs and benefits of the methodology and alternatives;

      (c) The economic feasibility of water storage development; and

      (d) The cost of complying with environmental benefit standards.

      (6)(a) The subgroups shall report their findings and recommendations to the full task force no later than February 1, 2014. The findings and recommendations of a subgroup must have a consensus of the subgroup. Any member of a subgroup who objects to the findings and recommendations of the subgroup may provide separate findings and recommendations to the task force.

      (b) The task force shall meet at times and places specified by the Governor or a designee of the Governor. The task force shall consider the subgroup reports and by consensus develop a recommended methodology for determining seasonally varying flows that optimizes the functional benefits to watersheds while also recognizing that:

      (A) Many of the functional benefits will not occur unless a new water storage project is financially feasible; and

      (B) New water storage will not be appropriate or feasible in many locations.

      (c) The recommended methodology developed by the task force must utilize the best available scientific knowledge. Any member of the task force who objects to the recommended methodology developed by the task force may provide a separate recommendation for a methodology to the parties receiving the report under subsection (7) of this section.

      (7) The task force shall submit a report in the manner provided in ORS 192.245, including any recommendations for legislation, to the Governor, to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to natural resources and to the Water Resources Commission no later than July 1, 2014.

      (8) The Water Resources Department shall provide staff support to the task force.

      (9) Members of the task force are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495. Claims for expenses shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the department for purposes of the task force. [2013 c.784 §19]

      Sec. 20. (1) On or after the date that the Water Resources Commission receives a copy of the task force report required under section 19 of this 2013 Act, the commission shall adopt rules to establish a methodology for use in determining the seasonally varying flows for a stream of interest. In adopting the rules, the commission shall give consideration to adoption of the methodology described in the task force report. The commission shall complete adoption of the rule in time for the rule to take effect on January 1, 2015. As used in this subsection, “seasonally varying flow” has the meaning given that term in section 1 of this 2013 Act [541.651].

      (2) The commission shall appoint the task force established in section 19 of this 2013 Act as provided in ORS 183.333 to act as an advisory committee to the commission for the consideration of rule adoption under this section. [2013 c.784 §20]

      Sec. 23. Section 19 of this 2013 Act is repealed on the date of the convening of the 2016 regular session of the Legislative Assembly as specified in ORS 171.010 [February 1, 2016]. [2013 c.784 §23]

 

      541.692 Permits; requirements for project operation. (1) Before loan or grant moneys are expended from the Water Supply Development Account for the construction of a project, the recipient must obtain all applicable local, state and federal permits. Project materials must include a notation indicating that Water Resources Department funding was used for the project.

      (2) The loans or grants may be conditioned to require that the recipient complete and operate the funded project as described in the loan or grant application. The department may require that before commencing the operation of a project funded with account moneys, the funding recipient demonstrate that the public benefits identified for the project, including any environmental benefits proposed at a location other than the project site, will be realized in a timely fashion.

      (3) At regular intervals, and upon completion of the project, the loan or grant recipient must submit updates to the department that describe the completed work, the public benefits achieved and project expenditures. The recipient must regularly measure and report the water diverted and used from the project. The recipient must monitor, evaluate and maintain the project for the life of the loan, or for a specified number of years for a grant, and provide annual progress reports to the department. The department may impose other project-specific conditions by noting the conditions during project evaluation and including the condition in the funding agreement for the project.

      (4) The department may terminate, reduce or delay funding for a project if the loan or grant recipient fails to comply with any provision of subsections (1) to (3) of this section. [2013 c.784 §14]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      541.695 [1971 c.754 §12; 1977 c.417 §3; 1989 c.837 §19; renumbered 196.770 and then 196.905 in 1989]

 

      541.696 Standards for security of loans from account; rules. (1) The Water Resources Commission shall adopt rules establishing standards for borrowers obtaining loans issued from the Water Supply Development Account. The commission shall design the standards to ensure that all loans have a high probability of repayment and that all loans are adequately secured in the event of a default. The commission shall solicit comments from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the State Treasurer when designing the standards. The standards may include, but need not be limited to, standards that give preference to entities with ad valorem taxing authority.

      (2) If the Water Resources Department approves a loan from the account for the implementation of a water development project, the department may require that the applicant enter into a loan contract, secured by a first lien or by other good and sufficient collateral. [2013 c.784 §15]

 

      Note: See note under 541.651.

 

      Note: Sections 18 and 22, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

      Sec. 18. (1) The Governor, or a designee of the Governor, shall appoint a nonlegislative task force composed of members the Governor or designee deems to be appropriate and to be sufficiently representative of agricultural, municipal, conservation and tribal interests and of other groups having an interest in water resources development.

      (2) The task force shall meet at times and places specified by the Governor or the designee of the Governor.

      (3) The task force shall review the structure established for water development project loans and grants under sections 1 to 15 of this 2013 Act [541.651 to 541.696] and develop any proposals for changing the structure that the task force determines to be warranted. The review may include but need not be limited to possible changes in the long-term structure of the decision-making process regarding:

      (a) The appropriate role of the state in providing loan and grant funding for multipurpose water resource development under sections 1 to 15 of this 2013 Act; and

      (b) The decision-making process for the allocation of newly developed water from projects for which the uses of the water were not specified in the funding application.

      (4) The Water Resources Department shall provide staff support to the task force.

      (5) The task force shall submit a report in the manner provided in ORS 192.245, including any recommendations for legislation, to the Governor and to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to natural resources no later than July 1, 2014.

      (6) Members of the task force are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495. Claims for expenses shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the department for purposes of the task force. [2013 c.784 §18]

      Sec. 22. Section 18 of this 2013 Act is repealed on the date of the convening of the 2015 regular session of the Legislative Assembly as specified in ORS 171.010 [February 2, 2015]. [2013 c.784 §22]

 

WATER DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

(Definitions)

 

      541.700 Definitions for ORS 541.700 to 541.855. As used in ORS 541.700 to 541.855, unless the context requires otherwise:

      (1) “Commission” means the Water Resources Commission appointed under ORS 536.022.

      (2) “Construction” means the construction, or improvement or rehabilitation, in whole or in part, of a water development project, including planning and engineering work, purchasing or refinancing directly related to such construction or improvement or rehabilitation, or any combination of such construction or improvement or rehabilitation. As used in this subsection:

      (a) “Purchasing” means the purchasing of materials, land or existing facilities necessary to complete a water development project.

      (b) “Refinancing” includes refinancing existing debt of a water developer, as defined in subsection (7)(f) to (m) and (o) of this section, in order to complete a water development project or to provide adequate security for a water development loan, but does not include refinancing existing debt only to reduce interest rates or costs to the borrower or to pay off existing debt.

      (3) “Director” means the Water Resources Director appointed pursuant to ORS 536.032.

      (4) “Federal water development project” means any water development project that receives funding from the federal government, or any agency or instrumentality of the United States.

      (5)(a) “Secondary use” means:

      (A) Any water-related recreational use.

      (B) Any flood control use.

      (C) Any power generation use.

      (D) Any water supply system utilized as a domestic water system for the benefit of an individual residence related to the operation of the water development project.

      (b) “Secondary use” does not include any use that is incompatible with a water development project.

      (6) “Water development project” means:

      (a) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of irrigation, including structures for the application of water for agricultural harvest activities, dams, storage reservoirs, wells or well systems, pumping plants, pipelines, canals, ditches, revetments, water supply systems used for the purpose of agricultural temperature control and any other structure, facility and property necessary or convenient for supplying lands with water for irrigation purposes.

      (b) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of drainage, including ditching, tiling, piping, channel improvement, pumping plants or other agronomically approved methods of land drainage that will increase soil versatility and productivity.

      (c) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of providing water for municipal use, which may include safe drinking water for communities with population less than 30,000, including dams, storage reservoirs, wells or well systems, pumping plants, treatment facilities, pipelines, canals, ditches, revetments and all other structures and facilities necessary or convenient for supplying water. An undertaking may provide water to two or more communities with a combined population of more than 30,000. An undertaking may be part of a project that provides water to a community with a population of more than 30,000, but loans of moneys from the Water Development Fund, including moneys in ORS 285B.563 (11) may be made only to communities served by the project that have a population of less than 30,000.

      (d) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of fish protection, including fish screening or by-pass devices, fishways and all other structures and facilities necessary or convenient for providing fish protection.

      (e) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of enhancing watershed health or improving fish habitat, including methods and materials to restore, maintain and enhance water quality, streamflows and the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the riparian zones and associated uplands of the state’s rivers, lakes and estuaries systems and recommended by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board established under ORS 541.900.

      (f) Secondary uses in conjunction with projects described in paragraphs (a) to (e) of this subsection.

      (7) “Water developer” means:

      (a) Any individual resident of this state;

      (b) Any partnership for profit subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 67 or 70, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (c) Any corporation for profit subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 60, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (d) Any nonprofit corporation subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 65, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (e) Any cooperative subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 62, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (f) Any irrigation district organized under or subject to ORS chapter 545;

      (g) Any water improvement district organized under ORS chapter 552;

      (h) Any water control district organized under ORS chapter 553;

      (i) Any irrigation or drainage corporation organized under or subject to ORS chapter 554;

      (j) Any drainage district organized under ORS chapter 547 or subject to all or part of ORS chapter 545;

      (k) Any corporation, cooperative, company or other association formed prior to 1917 for the purpose of distributing water for irrigation purposes;

      (L) Any port district organized under ORS 777.005 to 777.725, 777.915 to 777.953 and 777.990;

      (m) Any city or county;

      (n) Any organization formed for the purpose of distributing water for community water supply; or

      (o) Any local soil and water conservation district organized under ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933. [1977 c.246 §1; 1981 c.166 §1; 1981 c.592 §1; 1985 c.673 §184; 1985 c.677 §65; 1987 c.94 §103; 1987 c.636 §§1,5; 1989 c.1010 §177; 1991 c.944 §5; 1993 c.765 §89; 1995 c.42 §180; 1997 c.775 §90; 1999 c.212 §1; 1999 c.509 §46; 2009 c.907 §3]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.700 by section 32, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 41, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.700. As used in ORS 541.700 to 541.855, unless the context requires otherwise:

      (1) “Commission” means the Water Resources Commission appointed under ORS 536.022.

      (2) “Construction” means the construction, or improvement or rehabilitation, in whole or in part, of a water development project, including planning and engineering work, purchasing or refinancing directly related to such construction or improvement or rehabilitation, or any combination of such construction or improvement or rehabilitation. As used in this subsection:

      (a) “Purchasing” means the purchasing of materials, land or existing facilities necessary to complete a water development project.

      (b) “Refinancing” includes refinancing existing debt of a water developer, as defined in subsection (7)(f) to (m) and (o) of this section, in order to complete a water development project or to provide adequate security for a water development loan, but does not include refinancing existing debt only to reduce interest rates or costs to the borrower or to pay off existing debt.

      (3) “Director” means the Water Resources Director appointed pursuant to ORS 536.032.

      (4) “Federal water development project” means any water development project that receives funding from the federal government, or any agency or instrumentality of the United States.

      (5)(a) “Secondary use” means:

      (A) Any water-related recreational use.

      (B) Any flood control use.

      (C) Any power generation use.

      (D) Any water supply system utilized as a domestic water system for the benefit of an individual residence related to the operation of the water development project.

      (b) “Secondary use” does not include any use that is incompatible with a water development project.

      (6) “Water development project” means:

      (a) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of irrigation, including structures for the application of water for agricultural harvest activities, dams, storage reservoirs, wells or well systems, pumping plants, pipelines, canals, ditches, revetments, water supply systems used for the purpose of agricultural temperature control and any other structure, facility and property necessary or convenient for supplying lands with water for irrigation purposes.

      (b) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of drainage, including ditching, tiling, piping, channel improvement, pumping plants or other agronomically approved methods of land drainage that will increase soil versatility and productivity.

      (c) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of providing water for municipal use, which may include safe drinking water for communities with population less than 30,000, including dams, storage reservoirs, wells or well systems, pumping plants, treatment facilities, pipelines, canals, ditches, revetments and all other structures and facilities necessary or convenient for supplying water. An undertaking may provide water to two or more communities with a combined population of more than 30,000. An undertaking may be part of a project that provides water to a community with a population of more than 30,000, but loans of moneys from the Water Development Fund, including moneys in ORS 285B.563 (11) may be made only to communities served by the project that have a population of less than 30,000.

      (d) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of fish protection, including fish screening or by-pass devices, fishways and all other structures and facilities necessary or convenient for providing fish protection.

      (e) An undertaking, in whole or in part, in this state for the purpose of enhancing watershed health or improving fish habitat, including methods and materials to restore, maintain and enhance the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the riparian zones and associated uplands of the state’s rivers, lakes and estuaries systems and recommended by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board established under ORS 541.900.

      (f) Secondary uses in conjunction with projects described in paragraphs (a) to (e) of this subsection.

      (7) “Water developer” means:

      (a) Any individual resident of this state;

      (b) Any partnership for profit subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 67 or 70, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (c) Any corporation for profit subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 60, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (d) Any nonprofit corporation subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 65, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (e) Any cooperative subject to the provisions of ORS chapter 62, whose principal income is from farming in Oregon;

      (f) Any irrigation district organized under or subject to ORS chapter 545;

      (g) Any water improvement district organized under ORS chapter 552;

      (h) Any water control district organized under ORS chapter 553;

      (i) Any irrigation or drainage corporation organized under or subject to ORS chapter 554;

      (j) Any drainage district organized under ORS chapter 547 or subject to all or part of ORS chapter 545;

      (k) Any corporation, cooperative, company or other association formed prior to 1917 for the purpose of distributing water for irrigation purposes;

      (L) Any port district organized under ORS 777.005 to 777.725, 777.915 to 777.953 and 777.990;

      (m) Any city or county;

      (n) Any organization formed for the purpose of distributing water for community water supply; or

      (o) Any local soil and water conservation district organized under ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933.

 

(Loan Applications)

 

      541.703 Project applications; preference for approval. Of the applications filed under ORS 541.705 for assistance in constructing a water development project for municipal use, the Water Resources Commission shall give preference for approval to those projects required to be undertaken as a result of a proceeding under ORS 222.840 to 222.915 or 431.705 to 431.760 to alleviate conditions constituting a danger to public health. [1983 c.407 §13; 1985 c.673 §112]

 

      541.705 Project applications; contents. (1) Except as provided in section 20, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, for a water development project in the Columbia River Basin, any water developer may file with the Water Resources Commission an application to enable the construction of a water development project as provided in ORS 541.700 to 541.855. The application shall be filed in the manner, be in the form and contain or be accompanied by any information prescribed by the commission. The commission, in considering applications, shall encourage the largest number of users of the Water Development Fund and shall consider the impact on the family farm units of the state.

      (2) In addition to other requirements prescribed by the commission, an application filed under subsection (1) of this section shall:

      (a) Describe the nature and purposes of the proposed water development project, including the need for the project and reason why the project would be in the public interest.

      (b) State whether any purposes other than improvement of a drinking water system, irrigation, drainage, fish protection, watershed enhancement or municipal use, but consistent therewith, will be served by the proposed water development project, and the nature of the other purposes, if any.

      (c) Set forth or be accompanied by a feasibility study for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed water development project, an estimate of the costs of construction and if the project includes as a primary purpose irrigation or drainage, an evaluation of the agricultural potential of the land from any competent public agency.

      (d) State whether any moneys other than those in the Water Development Fund are proposed to be used for the construction of the proposed water development project, and whether any other moneys are available or have been sought for the construction.

      (e) Show that the applicant holds or can acquire all lands, other than public lands, and interests therein and water rights necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed water development project.

      (3) If the application is for a safe drinking water project, the applicant also shall demonstrate that:

      (a) The applicant is a city, county, district, water authority or other political subdivision of the state or an organization operated on a not-for-profit basis that makes drinking water available to members of the general public;

      (b) The primary use of the loan will be to improve a drinking water system for the purpose of complying with applicable state or federal drinking water quality regulations; and

      (c) The applicant has:

      (A) Developed a water system master plan; and

      (B) Either has a coordination agreement in place as defined in ORS 195.020, 195.025 and 197.712 or can demonstrate that options to find a coordinated solution to the system’s drinking water problems have been fully explored. [1977 c.246 §2; 1981 c.592 §2; 1985 c.673 §113; 1987 c.636 §2; 1991 c.944 §6; 1993 c.577 §38; 2009 c.907 §4]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.705 by section 35, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.705. (1) Any water developer may file with the Water Resources Commission an application to enable the construction of a water development project as provided in ORS 541.700 to 541.855. The application shall be filed in the manner, be in the form and contain or be accompanied by any information prescribed by the commission. The commission, in considering applications, shall encourage the largest number of users of the Water Development Fund and shall consider the impact on the family farm units of the state.

      (2) In addition to other requirements prescribed by the commission, an application filed under subsection (1) of this section shall:

      (a) Describe the nature and purposes of the proposed water development project, including the need for the project and reason why the project would be in the public interest.

      (b) State whether any purposes other than improvement of a drinking water system, irrigation, drainage, fish protection, watershed enhancement or municipal use, but consistent therewith, will be served by the proposed water development project, and the nature of the other purposes, if any.

      (c) Set forth or be accompanied by a feasibility study for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed water development project, an estimate of the costs of construction and if the project includes as a primary purpose irrigation or drainage, an evaluation of the agricultural potential of the land from any competent public agency.

      (d) State whether any moneys other than those in the Water Development Fund are proposed to be used for the construction of the proposed water development project, and whether any other moneys are available or have been sought for the construction.

      (e) Show that the applicant holds or can acquire all lands, other than public lands, and interests therein and water rights necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed water development project.

      (3) If the application is for a safe drinking water project, the applicant also shall demonstrate that:

      (a) The applicant is a city, county, district, water authority or other political subdivision of the state or an organization operated on a not-for-profit basis that makes drinking water available to members of the general public;

      (b) The primary use of the loan will be to improve a drinking water system for the purpose of complying with applicable state or federal drinking water quality regulations; and

      (c) The applicant has:

      (A) Developed a water system master plan; and

      (B) Either has a coordination agreement in place as defined in ORS 195.020, 195.025 and 197.712 or can demonstrate that options to find a coordinated solution to the system’s drinking water problems have been fully explored.

 

      541.710 Processing project application; fee. (1) Upon receipt of an application filed as provided in ORS 541.705, the Water Resources Commission shall determine whether the feasibility study described in ORS 541.705 for the water development project set forth in or accompanying the application is satisfactory and if the commission determines that it is not satisfactory, the commission may:

      (a) Reject the application;

      (b) Require the applicant to submit additional information and revision of the feasibility study as may be necessary; or

      (c) Make such revisions of the feasibility study as the commission considers necessary to make the plan satisfactory.

      (2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, for a loan application filed under ORS 541.705 or section 20, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, the commission shall charge and collect from the applicant at the time the application is filed an application fee equal to the lesser of 0.10 percent of the loan applied for or $2,500. In addition, the commission may require the applicant to pay for costs that exceed the application fee if the Water Resources Director determines that the costs are incurred solely in connection with processing the application. Before incurring the additional costs, the commission shall advise the applicant of the additional costs to be paid by the applicant. Moneys referred to in this subsection shall be paid into the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund.

      (3) The commission may establish a reduced application fee by rule for a water development project that is for fish protection or for watershed enhancement. [1977 c.246 §3; 1985 c.673 §114; 1987 c.636 §3; 2009 c.907 §5]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.710 by section 36, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, including amendments by section 33, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.710. (1) Upon receipt of an application filed as provided in ORS 541.705, the Water Resources Commission shall determine whether the feasibility study described in ORS 541.705 for the water development project set forth in or accompanying the application is satisfactory and if the commission determines that it is not satisfactory, the commission may:

      (a) Reject the application;

      (b) Require the applicant to submit additional information and revision of the feasibility study as may be necessary; or

      (c) Make such revisions of the feasibility study as the commission considers necessary to make the plan satisfactory.

      (2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the commission shall charge and collect from the applicant at the time the application is filed a fee of $100. In addition, the commission shall charge the applicant the amount required to reimburse the commission for costs that exceed the application fee incurred in connection with the application. Moneys referred to in this subsection shall be paid into the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund.

      (3) The commission may establish by rule an application fee of less than $100 for a water development project that is for fish protection or for watershed enhancement.

 

      541.715 Applicant authorized to obtain private planning, engineering and construction services. Nothing in ORS 541.700 to 541.855 is intended to prevent an applicant from employing a private planning firm, engineering firm and construction firm to perform the planning work, engineering work and construction on the proposed water development project of the applicant. [1977 c.246 §4]

 

      541.720 Conditions for project application approval. (1) The Water Resources Commission may approve the financing for the construction of a water development project described in an application filed under ORS 541.705, or subject to section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, in an application filed under section 20, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, using moneys in the Water Development Fund secured by a first lien or by other good and sufficient collateral in the manner provided in ORS 541.740 if, after investigation, the commission finds that:

      (a) The proposed water development project is feasible and a reasonable risk from practical and economic standpoints;

      (b) The plan for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed water development project is satisfactory and, if the primary purposes of the project include irrigation or drainage, the agricultural potential is confirmed;

      (c) The plan for construction and operation will provide multipurpose facilities, to the extent practicable;

      (d) The applicant is a qualified, credit-worthy and responsible water developer that meets the standards established by commission rule and is willing and able to enter into a contract with the commission for construction and repayment as provided in ORS 541.730;

      (e) Moneys in the Water Development Fund are or will be available for the construction of the proposed water development project;

      (f) There is a need for the proposed water development project, the proposed project is in the public interest and the applicant’s financial resources are adequate to provide the working capital needed to operate and maintain the project; and

      (g) The construction cost associated with any secondary use does not exceed the construction cost of the primary use of the water development project.

      (2) ORS 541.700 to 541.855 do not limit the authority granted the Environmental Quality Commission or the Department of Environmental Quality under ORS chapter 468B. [1977 c.246 §5; 1981 c.166 §2; 1981 c.592 §3; 1985 c.673 §115; 1999 c.212 §2; 2009 c.907 §6]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.720 by section 37, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, including amendments by section 34, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.720. The Water Resources Commission may approve the financing for the construction of a water development project described in an application filed as provided in ORS 541.705 using moneys in the Water Development Fund, secured by a first, parity or second lien in the manner provided in ORS 541.740, if, after investigation, the commission finds that:

      (1) The proposed water development project is feasible and a reasonable risk from practical and economic standpoints;

      (2) The plan for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed water development project is satisfactory and, if the primary purposes of the project include irrigation or drainage, the agricultural potential is confirmed;

      (3) The plan for construction and operation will provide multipurpose facilities, to the extent practicable;

      (4) The applicant is a qualified, credit-worthy and responsible water developer and is willing and able to enter into a contract with the commission for construction and repayment as provided in ORS 541.730;

      (5) Moneys in the Water Development Fund are or will be available for the construction of the proposed water development project;

      (6) There is a need for the proposed water development project, the proposed project is in the public interest and the applicant’s financial resources are adequate to provide the working capital needed to operate and maintain the project; and

      (7) The construction cost associated with any secondary use does not exceed the construction cost of the primary use of the water development project.

 

      541.725 Standards for borrowers; rules. The Water Resources Commission shall adopt rules establishing standards for borrowers obtaining loans issued from the Water Development Fund. The commission shall design the standards to ensure that all loans have a high probability of repayment and that all loans are adequately secured in the event of a default. The commission shall solicit comments from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the State Treasurer when designing the standards. The standards may include, but need not be limited to, standards that give preference to entities with ad valorem taxing authority. [2009 c.907 §2]

 

      Note: 541.725 is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 40, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      Note: 541.725 was added to and made a part of 541.700 to 541.855 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

(Loan Contracts)

 

      541.730 Loan contract; repayment plan; interest rate; other terms and conditions. (1) If the Water Resources Commission approves the financing for the construction of a water development project, the commission, on behalf of the state, and the applicant may enter into a loan contract, secured by a first lien or by other good and sufficient collateral in the manner provided in ORS 541.740. The loan contract shall set forth, among other matters:

      (a) That the commission, on behalf of the state, must approve the arrangements made by the applicant for the construction, operation and maintenance of the water development project, using moneys in the Water Development Fund for the construction.

      (b) A plan for the repayment of moneys borrowed from the Water Development Fund and interest on those moneys as described in subsection (3) of this section.

      (c) Provisions satisfactory to the commission for field engineering and inspection, the commission to be the final judge of completion of the contract.

      (d) That the liability of the state under the contract is contingent upon the availability of moneys in the Water Development Fund for use in the construction, operation and maintenance of the water development project.

      (e) Such further provisions as the commission considers necessary to ensure expenditure of the funds for the purposes set forth in the approved application.

      (f) That the commission may institute an appropriate action or suit to prevent use of the facilities of a water development project financed by the Water Development Fund by any person who is delinquent in the repayment of any moneys due the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund.

      (g) That a loan for a water development project is assignable or transferable to a third party only with the prior approval of the commission.

      (2) The commission may approve a loan assignment or transfer only if the commission finds that the assignee or transferee qualifies as a water developer as defined in ORS 541.700 (7) and the assignment or transfer does not have serious adverse effect upon the family farm unit structure in this state.

      (3) The commission, in consultation with the State Treasurer, shall set the interest rate in an amount the commission determines to be sufficient to cover, to the extent practicable:

      (a) The interest rate to be paid to bondholders on the underlying bonds;

      (b) The administrative expenses incurred by the commission, the Water Resources Department and the State Treasurer in connection with the loan program;

      (c) All bond-related costs;

      (d) The establishment of Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund reserves; and

      (e) An amount to be deposited to the Water Development Fund for the purpose of increasing the amount available for loans from that fund.

      (4) In addition to any other fee or charge, the commission may charge a loan processing fee, not to exceed one percent of the loan amount.

      (5) The repayment plan:

      (a) Shall provide for commencement of repayment by the water developer of moneys used for project construction and interest on those moneys not later than two years after the date of the loan contract or at such other time as the commission may provide.

      (b) May provide for reasonable extension of the time for making any repayment in emergency or hardship circumstances, if approved by the commission.

      (c) Shall provide for such evidence of debt assurance of and security for repayment by the applicant as are considered necessary or proper by the commission.

      (d) Shall set forth a schedule of payments and the period of loan. The period of the loan may not exceed the usable life of the constructed project, or 30 years from the date of the first payment due under the financial plan, whichever is less.

      (e) Shall set forth the manner of determining when loan payments are delinquent.

      (f) Shall include repayment of interest that accrues during any period of delay in repayment authorized by paragraph (a) of this subsection, and may require payments of varying amounts for collection of that accrued interest.

      (g) May include provisions in addition to the provisions described in paragraphs (a) to (f) of this subsection. [1977 c.246 §6; 1981 c.166 §3; 1985 c.673 §116; 1999 c.212 §3; 2009 c.907 §7]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.730 by section 35, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 41, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.730. If the Water Resources Commission approves the financing for the construction of a water development project, the commission, on behalf of the state, and the applicant may enter into a loan contract, secured by a first, parity or second lien in the manner provided in ORS 541.740, that shall set forth, among other matters:

      (1) That the commission, on behalf of the state, must approve the arrangements made by the applicant for the construction, operation and maintenance of the water development project, using moneys in the Water Development Fund for the construction.

      (2) A plan for repayment by the applicant to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund of moneys borrowed from the Water Development Fund used for the construction, operation and maintenance of the water development project and interest on such moneys used at such rate of interest as the commission determines is necessary to provide adequate funds to recover administrative expenses incurred under ORS 541.700 to 541.855. The repayment plan, among other matters:

      (a) Shall provide for commencement of repayment by the water developer of moneys used for construction and interest thereon not later than two years after the date of the loan contract or at such other time as the commission may provide;

      (b) May provide for reasonable extension of the time for making any repayment in emergency or hardship circumstances, if approved by the commission;

      (c) Shall provide for such evidence of debt assurance of and security for repayment by the applicant as are considered necessary or proper by the commission; and

      (d) Shall set forth a schedule of payments and the period of loan, which may not exceed the usable life of the constructed project, or 30 years from the date of the first payment due under the financial plan, whichever is less, and shall also set forth the manner of determining when loan payments are delinquent. The payment schedule shall include repayment of interest, which accrues during any period of delay in repayment authorized by paragraph (a) of this subsection, and the payment schedule may require payments of varying amounts for collection of such accrued interest.

      (3) Provisions satisfactory to the commission for field engineering and inspection, the commission to be the final judge of completion of the contract.

      (4) That the liability of the state under the contract is contingent upon the availability of moneys in the Water Development Fund for use in the construction, operation and maintenance of the water development project.

      (5) Such further provisions as the commission considers necessary to ensure expenditure of the funds for the purposes set forth in the approved application.

      (6) That the commission may institute an appropriate action or suit to prevent use of the facilities of a water development project financed by the Water Development Fund by any person who is delinquent in the repayment of any moneys due the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund.

      (7) That a loan for a water development project is assignable or transferable to a third party only with the prior approval of the commission. The commission may approve a loan assignment or transfer only if the commission finds that the assignee or transferee qualifies as a water developer as defined in ORS 541.700 (7) and the assignment or transfer does not have serious adverse effect upon the family farm unit structure in this state.

 

      541.735 Payment of funds by State Treasurer pursuant to loan contract. If the Water Resources Commission approves a loan for a water development project or federal water development project, the State Treasurer shall pay moneys for such project from the Water Development Fund in accordance with the terms of the loan contract, as prescribed by the commission. [1977 c.246 §7; 1985 c.673 §117]

 

      541.740 Liens and other loan security; foreclosure; rules. (1)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, when a loan is made to a water developer other than a water developer described in ORS 541.700 (7)(a), (b), (c) or (d) for the construction of a water development project under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the State of Oregon has a lien for the amount of the unpaid balance of the loan. The lien created by this subsection attaches to the real property held in fee simple of the water developer or to the user charges, including interest, owed to or received by the water developer. The lien created by this subsection does not attach to a leasehold. At the discretion of the Water Resources Commission, the lien may attach to all real property, whether owned by the water developer or other persons, which is served by the water development project or which is served by a water source enhanced or restored by the water development project.

      (b) Except for tax liens, the lien created by this section is prior and superior to all other liens or encumbrances upon the affected real property or user charges, without regard to the date on which the other liens or encumbrances attached to the real property or user charges. The commission, in consultation with the State Treasurer, may accept other good and sufficient collateral to secure a loan instead of, or in addition to, a lien.

      (c) The existence or foreclosure of the lien created by this subsection shall not cause the acceleration of payment of user charges or other payments on affected real property. Such payments shall continue to be made as they become due.

      (2) Except as provided in this subsection, when a loan is made under ORS 541.700 to 541.855 to a water developer described in ORS 541.700 (7)(a), (b), (c) or (d), the loan shall be secured by a mortgage or security agreement in the full amount of the loan. The mortgage or security agreement shall be a first lien upon such real property of the water developer as the commission shall require for adequate security. The commission, in consultation with the State Treasurer, may accept other good and sufficient collateral to secure a loan instead of, or in addition to, a lien.

      (3) When a lien created by subsection (1) of this section is foreclosed, a person whose real property is subject to the lien solely because that real property is irrigated or drained by reason of a water development project or because the real property is served by a water source improved by a water development project for watershed enhancement, shall only have that portion of real property subjected to foreclosure that represents that person’s pro rata share of the indebtedness.

      (4) When a loan is made to a water developer under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the commission shall file notice of the loan with the recording officer of each county in which is situated real property of the water developer or real property to which the lien created by subsection (1) or (2) of this section may attach. The notice shall contain a description of the real property of the water developer, a description of any other real property that will be served by the water development project and to which the lien is to attach, the amount of the loan and a statement that the State of Oregon has a lien against such real property as provided in subsection (1) or (2) of this section.

      (5) Upon payment of all amounts loaned to a water developer pursuant to ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the commission shall file with each recording officer referred to in subsection (4) of this section a satisfaction notice that indicates repayment of the loan.

      (6) The commission may cause to be instituted appropriate proceedings to foreclose liens for delinquent loan payments, and shall pay the proceeds of any such foreclosure, less expenses incurred in foreclosing, into the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. In a foreclosure proceeding, the commission may bid on property offered for sale in the proceeding and may acquire title to the property on behalf of the state.

      (7) The commission may take any action, make any disbursement, hold any funds or institute any action or proceeding necessary to protect the state’s interest.

      (8) Notwithstanding ORS 293.240, the commission may compromise, release, discharge, waive, cancel or settle a claim against a water developer if such action:

      (a) Is consistent with the purposes of ORS 541.700 to 541.855;

      (b) Does not impair the ability to pay the administrative expenses of the commission or the obligations of any bonds outstanding; and

      (c) Is, under the circumstances, the means most likely to preserve the claim or to recover the greatest part of the amount claimed.

      (9) The commission, by rule, may set out procedures to be used when a water developer is unable to make required loan payments because of illness, injury, death, involuntary job loss or economic stress due to factors beyond individual control. The rules shall be effective to the extent permitted by the terms of the contracts associated with affected loans. The rules:

      (a) May provide for a temporary reduction of loan payment;

      (b) May provide for any other solution jointly agreed to by the water developer and the commission;

      (c) Shall provide for repayment of the amount of any loan payments reduced under the rules in accordance with terms and conditions agreed upon by the borrower and the commission; and

      (d) Shall require the commission to consider the effect of any payment reduction or delay on the solvency of the program as a whole, on estimates of the most probable financial position of the program in the future and on other borrowers in the program.

      (10)(a) Upon application by a water developer, the commission may grant a partial release of security when the commission determines that granting the requested release will not jeopardize the water development loan program’s security position.

      (b) The remaining property must qualify as security for the loan balance under the applicable law.

      (c) Notwithstanding compliance with paragraph (b) of this subsection, the commission may require that the loan balance be reduced as consideration for granting the requested release. [1977 c.246 §8; 1981 c.166 §4; 1985 c.673 §118; 1987 c.636 §4; 1989 c.950 §3; 1999 c.212 §4; 2009 c.907 §8]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.740 by section 36, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 41, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.740. (1)(a) When a loan is made to a water developer other than a water developer described in ORS 541.700 (7)(a), (b), (c) or (d) for the construction of a water development project under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the State of Oregon has a lien for the amount of the unpaid balance of the loan. The lien created by this subsection attaches to the real property held in fee simple of the water developer or to the user charges, including interest, owed to or received by the water developer. The lien created by this subsection does not attach to a leasehold. At the discretion of the Water Resources Commission, the lien may attach to all real property, whether owned by the water developer or other persons, which is served by the water development project or which is served by a water source enhanced or restored by the water development project.

      (b) Except for tax liens, the lien created by this section is prior and superior to all other liens or encumbrances upon the affected real property or user charges, without regard to the date on which the other liens or encumbrances attached to the real property or user charges. However, the commission may elect to accept a second or parity lien position against the real property or user charges encumbered by this section, if the commission determines the lien position would provide adequate security for the water development loan, as set forth in rules adopted by the commission.

      (c) The existence or foreclosure of the lien created by this subsection shall not cause the acceleration of payment of user charges or other payments on affected real property. Such payments shall continue to be made as they become due.

      (2) When a loan is made under ORS 541.700 to 541.855 to a water developer described in ORS 541.700 (7)(a), (b), (c) or (d), the loan shall be secured by a mortgage or security agreement in the full amount of the loan. The mortgage or security agreement shall be a first lien, or a parity or second lien if the commission determines it would provide adequate security, upon such real property of the water developer as the commission shall require for adequate security.

      (3) When a lien created by subsection (1) of this section is foreclosed, a person whose real property is subject to the lien solely because that real property is irrigated or drained by reason of a water development project or because the real property is served by a water source improved by a water development project for watershed enhancement, shall only have that portion of real property subjected to foreclosure that represents that person’s pro rata share of the indebtedness.

      (4) When a loan is made to a water developer under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the commission shall file notice of the loan with the recording officer of each county in which is situated real property of the water developer or real property to which the lien created by subsection (1) or (2) of this section may attach. The notice shall contain a description of the real property of the water developer, a description of any other real property that will be served by the water development project and to which the lien is to attach, the amount of the loan and a statement that the State of Oregon has a lien against such real property as provided in subsection (1) or (2) of this section.

      (5) Upon payment of all amounts loaned to a water developer pursuant to ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the commission shall file with each recording officer referred to in subsection (4) of this section a satisfaction notice that indicates repayment of the loan.

      (6) The commission may cause to be instituted appropriate proceedings to foreclose liens for delinquent loan payments, and shall pay the proceeds of any such foreclosure, less expenses incurred in foreclosing, into the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. In a foreclosure proceeding, the commission may bid on property offered for sale in the proceeding and may acquire title to the property on behalf of the state.

      (7) The commission may take any action, make any disbursement, hold any funds or institute any action or proceeding necessary to protect the state’s interest.

      (8) Notwithstanding ORS 293.240, the commission may compromise, release, discharge, waive, cancel or settle a claim against a water developer if such action:

      (a) Is consistent with the purposes of ORS 541.700 to 541.855;

      (b) Does not impair the ability to pay the administrative expenses of the commission or the obligations of any bonds outstanding; and

      (c) Is, under the circumstances, the means most likely to preserve the claim or to recover the greatest part of the amount claimed.

      (9) The commission, by rule, may set out procedures to be used when a water developer is unable to make required loan payments because of illness, injury, death, involuntary job loss or economic stress due to factors beyond individual control. The rules shall be effective to the extent permitted by the terms of the contracts associated with affected loans. The rules:

      (a) May provide for a temporary reduction of loan payment;

      (b) May provide for any other solution jointly agreed to by the water developer and the commission;

      (c) Shall provide for repayment of the amount of any loan payments reduced under the rules in accordance with terms and conditions agreed upon by the borrower and the commission; and

      (d) Shall require the commission to consider the effect of any payment reduction or delay on the solvency of the program as a whole, on estimates of the most probable financial position of the program in the future and on other borrowers in the program.

      (10)(a) Upon application by a water developer, the commission may grant a partial release of security when the commission determines that granting the requested release will not jeopardize the water development loan program’s security position.

      (b) The remaining property must qualify as security for the loan balance under the applicable law.

      (c) Notwithstanding compliance with paragraph (b) of this subsection, the commission may require that the loan balance be reduced as consideration for granting the requested release.

 

      541.741 Recovery of certain interest amounts. The Water Resources Commission shall not attempt to recover interest amounts credited or paid before January 1, 1986, to any water developer who borrowed moneys under ORS 541.700 to 541.855 and shall adjust the borrower’s account balance as necessary to reflect those credits as lawful payments on the borrower’s contractual obligations to the state. [1989 c.950 §2]

 

      Note: 541.741 was added to and made a part of ORS 541.700 to 541.855 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.745 Remedies of commission when water developer fails to comply with contract. If a water developer fails to comply with a contract entered into with the Water Resources Commission for construction and repayment as provided in ORS 541.730, the commission, in addition to remedies provided in ORS 541.740, may seek other appropriate legal remedies to secure the loan and may contract with any other water developer as provided in ORS 541.730 for continuance of construction and for repayment of moneys from the Water Development Fund used to continue construction and interest on the moneys. [1977 c.246 §8; 1981 c.166 §4; 1985 c.673 §119]

 

      541.750 Repayment of moneys to Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. Any water developer that enters into a contract with the Water Resources Commission for construction and repayment as provided in ORS 541.730 or 541.745 may obtain moneys for repayment to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund under the contract in the same manner as other moneys are obtained for other authorized purposes. The commission may also provide by contract or otherwise, for the construction, operation and maintenance of a water development project until the project is assumed by such new water developer. Moneys in the Water Development Fund may be used for such construction, operation and maintenance, and if so used, shall be repaid to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund by the contracting water developer. [1977 c.246 §10; 1985 c.673 §120]

 

      541.755 [1977 c.246 §14; 1991 c.944 §7; 1995 c.79 §304; repealed by 2009 c.907 §15]

 

      541.756 Projects obtaining other funds for construction; repayment of funds loaned by state. Except as provided in ORS 541.760:

      (1) If any water development project investigated under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, other than a safe drinking water project financed in whole or in part from moneys in the Special Public Works Fund created by ORS 285B.455 or the Water Fund created by ORS 285B.563, is constructed with funds other than those loaned under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the amount expended by the state shall immediately become due and payable, together with interest at the rate provided in ORS 541.730 (2) from the date of notification of the amount due.

      (2) If any water development project is refinanced or financial assistance is obtained from other sources, other than a safe drinking water project financed in whole or in part from moneys in the Special Public Works Fund created by ORS 285B.455 or the Water Fund created by ORS 285B.563, after the execution of the loan from the state, all such funds shall be first used to repay the state. [2013 c.784 §39]

 

      Note: 541.756 becomes operative July 1, 2015. See section 41, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013.

 

      Note: 541.756 was added to and made a part of 541.700 to 541.855 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.760 Reduction of loan amount when secondary use funding available. If a water development project has any secondary use, and if the water developer receives from any source other than the Water Development Fund any funds to assist in the construction, operation or maintenance of such secondary use, the amount of the loan to the water developer from the Water Development Fund shall be limited to that amount necessary for the construction of those portions of the project not funded by other sources. [1977 c.246 §15]

 

      541.765 Authorization for loans for certain federal projects. In addition to those uses of moneys in the Water Development Fund otherwise provided in ORS 541.700 to 541.855 or section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, the Water Resources Commission may authorize loans of such moneys to those persons to whom approval has been granted by the federal government or any agency or instrumentality of the United States for the funding and construction of federal water development projects. Any such person shall apply for a loan to the commission, in such form as the commission prescribes, and shall furnish such proof of federal approval for funding and construction as the commission considers appropriate. [1977 c.246 §16; 1985 c.673 §121; 1991 c.944 §8; 1999 c.212 §5; 2009 c.907 §9]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.765 by section 38, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.765. In addition to those uses of moneys in the Water Development Fund otherwise provided in ORS 541.700 to 541.855, the Water Resources Commission may authorize loans of such moneys to those persons to whom approval has been granted by the federal government or any agency or instrumentality of the United States for the funding and construction of federal water development projects. Any such person shall apply for a loan to the commission, in such form as the commission prescribes, and shall furnish such proof of federal approval for funding and construction as the commission considers appropriate.

 

      541.770 Federal project loan contract terms; foreclosure. If the Water Resources Commission approves an application for the loan of moneys authorized by ORS 541.765, the commission shall enter into a loan contract with the borrower that provides, among other matters:

      (1) That the loan be secured by a first lien or by other good and sufficient collateral in the same manner as provided in ORS 541.740.

      (2) That the loan bear interest at the same rate of interest as provided in ORS 541.730.

      (3) That the loan becomes due and payable to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund not later than 60 days after the date that federal funds for the acquisition of easements and rights of way for the project are paid to the borrower or 30 years from the date of the loan, whichever is earlier.

      (4) Such provisions as the commission considers necessary to ensure expenditure of the moneys loaned for the purposes provided in ORS 541.765.

      (5) That the commission may cause to be instituted appropriate proceedings to foreclose liens for delinquent loan payments, and shall pay the proceeds of any such foreclosure, less expenses in foreclosing, into the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. [1977 c.246 §17; 1981 c.166 §5; 1985 c.673 §122; 1999 c.212 §6; 2009 c.907 §10]

 

(Bonds)

 

      541.780 Bonds to provide project financing. In order to provide funds for the purposes specified in Article XI-I (1) of the Oregon Constitution, the Water Resources Commission may request the State Treasurer to issue bonds in accordance with the provisions of ORS chapter 286A. [1977 c.246 §19; 1981 c.660 §45; 2007 c.783 §215]

 

      541.785 Disposition and use of bond proceeds. Except for the proceeds of refunding bonds, all moneys obtained from the sale of bonds under ORS 541.780 to 541.815 shall be credited by the State Treasurer to the Water Development Fund. Such moneys shall be used only for the purposes stated in Article XI-I (1), Oregon Constitution, and ORS 541.700, 541.705 to 541.770 and 541.835 and sections 25 and 26, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009. If there are insufficient funds in the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund to make the payments set forth in ORS 541.830, moneys in the Water Development Fund may be transferred to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. Pending the use of moneys in the Water Development Fund for the proper purposes, such moneys may be invested in the manner provided by law. [1977 c.246 §20; 1981 c.660 §46; 1989 c.950 §4; 2009 c.907 §11]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.785 by section 39, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.785. Except for the proceeds of refunding bonds, all moneys obtained from the sale of bonds under ORS 541.780 to 541.815 shall be credited by the State Treasurer to the Water Development Fund. Such moneys shall be used only for the purposes stated in Article XI-I (1), Oregon Constitution, and ORS 541.700, 541.705 to 541.770 and 541.835. If there are insufficient funds in the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund to make the payments set forth in ORS 541.830, moneys in the Water Development Fund may be transferred to the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. Pending the use of moneys in the Water Development Fund for the proper purposes, such moneys may be invested in the manner provided by law.

 

      541.790 [1977 c.246 §21; repealed by 1981 c.660 §18]

 

      541.795 [1977 c.246 §22; 1981 c.166 §6; repealed by 1981 c.660 §18]

 

      541.800 Payment of bond principal and interest from Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund. (1) The State Treasurer shall make payment of the principal of and the interest on any bond issued under ORS 541.780 to 541.815 from the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund.

      (2) The State Treasurer shall compute and determine in January of each year, after the sale of bonds under ORS 541.780 to 541.815, the amount of principal and interest which will fall due during such year on bonds then outstanding and unpaid and shall maintain or hold in the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund sufficient moneys to pay such maturing obligations. [1977 c.246 §§23,26]

 

      541.805 [1977 c.246 §24; repealed by 1981 c.660 §18]

 

      541.810 [1977 c.246 §25; repealed by 1981 c.660 §18]

 

      541.815 Limitation on bond issuance amount. No bonds shall be issued or sold under ORS 541.780 to 541.815 nor indebtedness incurred thereunder, which, singly or in the aggregate with previous debts or liabilities incurred for the construction, operation and maintenance of water development projects and for the acquisition of easements and rights of way for federal water development projects shall exceed any limitation provided in the Oregon Constitution at the date of the issuance and sale of such bonds. If the maximum aggregate principal sum of bonds authorized to be issued under ORS 541.780 to 541.815, exceeds any limitation provided in the Oregon Constitution, bonds shall be issued under ORS 541.780 to 541.815, in the aggregate principal sum of not to exceed that authorized under the limitation provided in the Oregon Constitution. [1977 c.246 §27]

 

(Administration)

 

      541.830 Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund; sources; use; Governor’s approval. (1) There hereby is created the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund, separate and distinct from the General Fund, to provide for payment of:

      (a) Administrative expenses of the Water Resources Commission and the Water Resources Department in processing applications, investigating proposed water development projects and federal water development projects under ORS 541.700 to 541.855 and servicing and collecting outstanding loans made under ORS 541.700 to 541.855 or section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, if the expense is not paid directly by the applicant, including principal and interest due on bonds outstanding. These administrative expenses also may include all costs associated with the issuance of bonds and the funding of any credit enhancements or reserves determined to be necessary or advantageous in connection with the bonds.

      (b) Administrative expenses of the State Treasurer in carrying out the duties, functions and powers imposed upon the State Treasurer by ORS 541.700 to 541.855.

      (c) Principal and interest of all bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of ORS 541.780 to 541.815.

      (2) The fund created by subsection (1) of this section shall consist of:

      (a) Application fees and additional processing costs paid under ORS 541.710 and loan processing fees under ORS 541.730.

      (b) Repayments of moneys loaned to water developers from the Water Development Fund, including interest on such moneys.

      (c) Repayments of moneys loaned for the acquisition of easements and rights of way for federal water development projects, including interest on such moneys.

      (d) Such moneys as may be appropriated to the fund by the Legislative Assembly, including appropriations dedicated to the partial payment for or repayment of projects affording public benefits.

      (e) Moneys obtained from the sale of refunding bonds and any accrued interest on such bonds.

      (f) Moneys received from ad valorem taxes levied pursuant to Article XI-I(1), Oregon Constitution, and all moneys that the Legislative Assembly may provide in lieu of such taxes.

      (g) Interest earned on cash balances invested by the State Treasurer.

      (h) Any revenues received by the commission under the provisions of ORS 541.745.

      (i) Moneys transferred from the Water Development Fund.

      (3) The moneys referred to in subsection (2) of this section are continuously appropriated to the commission for the purposes provided in subsection (1) of this section.

      (4) The commission, with the approval of the Governor, may identify those projects financed under the provisions of ORS 541.700 to 541.855 or section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, that offer significant public benefit, and recommend to the Legislative Assembly funding of those projects in proportion to the public benefits offered.

      (5) The commission, with the approval of the State Treasurer, may transfer moneys from the fund created under subsection (1) of this section to the Water Development Fund if:

      (a) A cash flow projection shows that the transfer will not have any negative impact on the commission’s ability to pay bond principal, interest and administration costs;

      (b) The transfer will not create the need for issuance of any bonds; and

      (c) The transfer, together with loans outstanding from prior transfers and not refinanced by funds derived directly from a bond sale, does not exceed $1.

      (6) The transfer amount authorized by subsection (5) of this section may be increased by the Emergency Board. [1977 c.246 §28; 1981 c.172 §1; 1985 c.673 §123; 1989 c.587 §3; 1989 c.950 §5; 1991 c.944 §9; 2009 c.907 §12]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.830 by section 40, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, including amendments by section 37, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.830. (1) There hereby is created the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund, separate and distinct from the General Fund, to provide for payment of:

      (a) Administrative expenses of the Water Resources Commission and the Water Resources Department in processing applications, investigating proposed water development projects and federal water development projects under ORS 541.700 to 541.855 and servicing and collecting outstanding loans made under ORS 541.700 to 541.855, if the expense is not paid directly by the applicant, including principal and interest due on bonds outstanding. These administrative expenses also may include all costs associated with the issuance of bonds and the funding of any credit enhancements or reserves determined to be necessary or advantageous in connection with the bonds.

      (b) Administrative expenses of the State Treasurer in carrying out the duties, functions and powers imposed upon the State Treasurer by ORS 541.700 to 541.855.

      (c) Principal and interest of all bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of ORS 541.780 to 541.815.

      (2) The fund created by subsection (1) of this section shall consist of:

      (a) Application fees required under ORS 541.710.

      (b) Repayments of moneys loaned to water developers from the Water Development Fund, including interest on such moneys.

      (c) Repayments of moneys loaned for the acquisition of easements and rights of way for federal water development projects, including interest on such moneys.

      (d) Such moneys as may be appropriated to the fund by the Legislative Assembly, including appropriations dedicated to the partial payment for or repayment of projects affording public benefits.

      (e) Moneys obtained from the sale of refunding bonds and any accrued interest on such bonds.

      (f) Moneys received from ad valorem taxes levied pursuant to Article XI-I(1), Oregon Constitution, and all moneys that the Legislative Assembly may provide in lieu of such taxes.

      (g) Interest earned on cash balances invested by the State Treasurer.

      (h) Any revenues received by the commission under the provisions of ORS 541.745.

      (i) Moneys transferred from the Water Development Fund.

      (3) The moneys referred to in subsection (2) of this section are continuously appropriated to the commission for the purposes provided in subsection (1) of this section.

      (4) The commission, with the approval of the Governor, may identify those projects financed under the provisions of ORS 541.700 to 541.855 that offer significant public benefit, and recommend to the Legislative Assembly funding of those projects in proportion to the public benefits offered.

      (5) The commission, with the approval of the State Treasurer, may transfer moneys from the fund created under subsection (1) of this section to the Water Development Fund if:

      (a) A cash flow projection shows that the transfer will not have any negative impact on the commission’s ability to pay bond principal, interest and administration costs;

      (b) The transfer will not create the need for issuance of any bonds; and

      (c) The transfer, together with loans outstanding from prior transfers and not refinanced by funds derived directly from a bond sale, does not exceed $1.

      (6) The transfer amount authorized by subsection (5) of this section may be increased by the Emergency Board.

 

      541.835 Water Development Fund; use. All moneys in the Water Development Fund created by Article XI-I (1), Oregon Constitution, hereby are appropriated continuously to the Water Resources Commission and shall be used for the purposes provided in ORS 541.700 to 541.855. Moneys expended from the fund may include those expended or to be expended for engineering, legal fees and acquisition of water rights and property required for rights of way or facility locations. Interest earned by the fund shall be credited to the fund. [1977 c.246 §18; 1985 c.673 §124; 1989 c.966 §61]

 

      541.840 Emergency Board request for funds to pay administrative expenses; repayment of board allocations. (1) If there are insufficient funds in the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund to make the payments referred to in ORS 541.830 (1), the Water Resources Commission may request the funds necessary for such payments from the Legislative Assembly within the budget authorized by the Legislative Assembly or as that budget may be modified by the Emergency Board.

      (2) When the commission determines that moneys in sufficient amount are available in the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund, the commission shall reimburse the General Fund without interest, in an amount equal to the amount allocated by the Legislative Assembly or the Emergency Board pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. The moneys used to reimburse the General Fund under this subsection shall not be considered a budget item on which a limitation is otherwise fixed by law, but shall be in addition to any specific appropriations or amounts authorized to be expended from continually appropriated moneys. [1977 c.246 §30; 1985 c.673 §125; 1991 c.703 §48]

 

      541.845 Rules. (1) In accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183, the Water Resources Commission may adopt rules necessary to carry out ORS 541.700 to 541.855.

      (2) In adopting rules establishing guidelines or criteria for awarding loans or grants for drinking water projects, the commission shall coordinate the Water Resources Department’s rulemaking process with the Oregon Business Development Department and the Oregon Health Authority in order to ensure that rules adopted under this subsection are consistent with rules adopted under ORS 285B.563 and 431.120. The rules adopted under this subsection shall:

      (a) Require the installation of meters on all new active service connections from any municipal drinking water distribution lines funded under ORS 285B.560 to 285B.599, 431.120, 541.700, 541.705, 541.765, 541.830 and 541.845; and

      (b) Require a plan, to be adopted by the municipality, for installation of meters on all service connections throughout the drinking water system.

      (3) As used in this section, “service connection” does not include fire hydrants, fire sprinkler system connections, line blow-offs and drains, standby emergency interties, valve controlled drinking fountains and other similar intermittently used connections. [1977 c.246 §13; 1985 c.673 §126; 1991 c.944 §10; 1995 c.212 §2; 2005 c.835 §26; 2009 c.595 §986; 2009 c.907 §13]

 

      541.850 Commission acceptance of gifts or grants. The Water Resources Commission may accept gifts of money or other property from any source, given for the purposes of ORS 541.700 and 541.705 to 541.770 or section 25, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009. Money so received shall be paid into the Water Development Fund. Money or other property so received shall be used for the purposes for which received. [1977 c.246 §12; 1985 c.673 §127; 2009 c.907 §14]

 

      Note: The amendments to 541.850 by section 41, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 46, chapter 907, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 31, chapter 784, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      541.850. The Water Resources Commission may accept gifts of money or other property from any source, given for the purposes of ORS 541.700 and 541.705 to 541.770. Money so received shall be paid into the Water Development Fund. Money or other property so received shall be used for the purposes for which received.

 

      541.855 Biennial report to Legislative Assembly and Governor. The Water Resources Commission shall make available to the Legislative Assembly and the Governor a biennial report of the transactions of the Water Development Fund and the Water Development Administration and Bond Sinking Fund in such detail as will accurately indicate the transactions and the condition of the funds. [1977 c.246 §29; 1985 c.673 §128]

 

NORTH UMPQUA RIVER DAMS

 

      541.875 Dams and use of water for hydroelectric generation on North Umpqua prohibited; exceptions. (1) No person shall construct, operate or maintain, and no officer or agency of this state shall issue any permit for the construction, operation or maintenance of, any dam or hydroelectric facility on:

      (a) That portion of the North Umpqua River between Soda Springs Dam and the confluence of the North Umpqua River and South Umpqua River; or

      (b) The main stem Umpqua River from the confluence of the North Umpqua River and the South Umpqua River to the ocean.

      (2) Nothing in this section applies to the repair, structural repair, maintenance or improvement of any dam constructed on the North Umpqua River prior to November 1, 1981, with the approval of the Water Resources Commission and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The commission and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife shall not unreasonably withhold or delay such approval, but may withhold approval for reasonable cause, including but not limited to a substantiated finding that the repairs, structural repairs, maintenance or improvements:

      (a) Fail to comply with applicable safety rules or regulations;

      (b) Raise the height of the dam; or

      (c) Diminish the current ability of anadromous fish to travel past the dam.

      (3) No person shall appropriate and no officer or agency of this state shall issue or approve any license, permit or certificate for the use of water for hydroelectric generation at a dam at the location referred to in subsection (1) of this section. [1981 c.151 §2; 1983 c.652 §2; 1985 c.673 §129; 1991 c.479 §1]

 

      541.880 Responsibility of government entity for repair or maintenance costs of dams on North Umpqua. Nothing contained in ORS 541.875 shall be construed to impose any additional obligation on any governmental entity to pay for the repair, structural repair, maintenance or improvement of any existing dam referred to in ORS 541.875 (2). [1991 c.479 §2]

 

      Note: 541.880 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AND ENHANCEMENT

 

(Definitions)

 

      541.890 Definitions for ORS 541.890 to 541.969. As used in ORS 541.890 to 541.969:

      (1) “Adaptive management” means applying management or practices over time and across the landscape to achieve site specific resource goals using an integrated and science based approach that results in changes over time in response to feedback or monitoring.

      (2) “Associated uplands” includes those lands of a watershed that are critical to the functioning and protection of a riparian area.

      (3) “Board” means the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board created under ORS 541.900.

      (4) “Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team” means the scientific team of recognized experts in fisheries, artificial propagation, stream ecology, forestry, range, watershed and agricultural management created under ORS 541.914.

      (5) “Native” means indigenous to Oregon and not introduced.

      (6) “Oregon Conservation Strategy” means the comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy for this state adopted by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.

      (7) “Oregon Plan” means the guidance statement and framework described in ORS 541.898.

      (8) “Protect” or “protection” means to minimize or mitigate adverse effects on native fish or wildlife habitat to the maximum extent practicable given the anticipated duration, geographic scope and primary purpose of proposed activities.

      (9) “Restore” or “restoration” means to take actions likely to achieve sustainable population levels of native fish or wildlife and their habitats.

      (10) “Riparian area” means a zone of transition from an aquatic ecosystem to a terrestrial ecosystem, dependent upon surface or subsurface water, that reveals through the zone’s existing or potential soil-vegetation complex the influence of such surface or subsurface water. A riparian area may be located adjacent to a lake, reservoir, estuary, pothole, spring, bog, wet meadow, muskeg or ephemeral, intermittent or perennial stream.

      (11) “Soil and water conservation district” means a political subdivision of the state as described in ORS 568.550.

      (12) “Stewardship” means the careful and responsible management of the environment.

      (13) “Tribe” means a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon.

      (14) “Watershed” means the entire land area drained by a stream or system of connected streams such that all streamflow originating in the area is discharged through a single outlet.

      (15) “Watershed council” means a voluntary local organization, designated by a local government group convened by a county governing body, to address the goal of sustaining natural resource and watershed protection, restoration and enhancement within a watershed. [Formerly 541.351]

 

      Note: 541.890 to 541.969 were added to and made a part of ORS chapter 541 by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

(The Oregon Plan)

 

      541.895 Legislative findings; principles of Oregon Plan; policy. (1) The Legislative Assembly finds that:

      (a) The long-term protection of the water resources of this state, including sustainable watershed functions, is an essential component of Oregon’s environmental and economic stability and growth;

      (b) Each watershed in Oregon is unique, requiring different management techniques and programs;

      (c) Management techniques and programs for the protection and enhancement of watersheds can be most effective and efficient when voluntarily initiated at the local level;

      (d) Cooperative partnerships between affected private individuals, interested citizens, tribes and representatives of local, state and federal agencies may improve opportunities to achieve the protection, enhancement and restoration of the state’s watersheds; and

      (e) The establishment of such cooperative partnerships should be encouraged by local individuals, local organizations and representatives of state agencies.

      (2) The Legislative Assembly declares that the Oregon Plan for integrating regulatory efforts while fostering incentives and voluntary action for environmental stewardship should be founded upon the following principles:

      (a) Promoting collaboration and partnerships among local, state, regional, tribal and federal governments and private individuals and organizations;

      (b) Establishing clear, technically defensible, practicable and achievable recovery and restoration objectives;

      (c) Assessing the conditions in each watershed to determine the quality of the existing environment, to identify the causes for declines in habitat, fish and wildlife populations and water quality, and to assist with the development of locally integrated action plans for watersheds that will achieve agreed-upon protection and restoration objectives;

      (d) Coordinating implementation of integrated watershed action plans;

      (e) Monitoring and ensuring implementation of the integrated watershed action plans using adaptive management to make appropriate changes in action plans and goals as needed; and

      (f) Establishing funding priorities across basins based on the value of programs and projects for watershed and habitat recovery.

      (3) It is the policy of the State of Oregon that:

      (a) Voluntary programs initiated at the local level to protect and enhance the quality and stability of watersheds are a high priority of the state and should be encouraged;

      (b) State agencies are encouraged to respond cooperatively to local watershed protection and enhancement efforts and coordinate their respective activities with other state agencies and affected local, regional, tribal and federal governments and private landowners to the greatest degree practicable; and

      (c) State agencies responding to local watershed protection and enhancement efforts are encouraged to foster local watershed planning, protection and enhancement efforts before initiating respective action within a watershed. [Formerly 541.353]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.898 Oregon Plan described; goals; elements; Governor to negotiate with federal government. (1) As used in this section when referring to salmonid recovery:

      (a) “Listed unit” means one population or a group of populations of a species, such as an evolutionarily significant unit, that has been listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-205), as amended, or under ORS 496.171 to 496.192.

      (b) “Native fish” means a fish indigenous to Oregon and not introduced. Naturally produced fish and hatchery produced fish are both native fish if the fish are indigenous to Oregon and not introduced.

      (c) “Naturally produced” means a fish that reproduces and completes its full life cycle in its natural habitat. Naturally produced progeny of hatchery fish are naturally produced.

      (d) “Population” means a group of fish that:

      (A) Originates and reproduces in a particular area at a particular time;

      (B) Does not interbreed to any substantial degree with any other group reproducing in a different area or in the same area at a different time; and

      (C) Is composed of naturally produced fish, hatchery produced fish or a combination of both.

      (e) “Recovery” means that a proportion of the constituent populations of naturally produced native fish belonging to a listed unit are sufficiently abundant, productive and diverse in life histories and distribution such that the listed unit as a whole is likely to be self-sustaining into the foreseeable future.

      (f) “Self-sustaining” means having a sufficient proportion and distribution of constituent populations:

      (A) Likely to survive prolonged periods of habitat, oceanic, climatic and environmental conditions that are detrimental to a population; and

      (B) Having habitat of sufficient quality and quantity likely to provide survival rates adequate to maintain associated ecological, cultural and economic benefits.

      (2) The Legislative Assembly finds that the efforts of many Oregonians have resulted in the creation of the Oregon Plan, and recognizes that the Oregon Plan is guided by the following mission and goals:

      (a) The mission of the Oregon Plan is to restore the watersheds of Oregon and to recover the fish and wildlife populations of those watersheds to productive and sustainable levels in a manner that provides substantial ecological, cultural and economic benefits.

      (b) The goals of the Oregon Plan that guide the citizens of Oregon in achieving the mission of the Oregon Plan are the:

      (A) Establishment and maintenance of an infrastructure that provides long-term continuity in leadership, direction and oversight of watershed restoration and species recovery.

      (B) Continued opportunity for a wide range of natural resource uses that are consistent with watershed restoration and species recovery.

      (C) Implementation of existing laws and environmental regulations to achieve the mission before enacting new laws and environmental regulations.

      (D) Development and maintenance of funding for programs to protect and restore watersheds.

      (E) Development of expectations for the sustainability of interrelated natural resources that accurately reflect a scientific understanding of the physical and biological constraints of the ecosystem.

      (F) Enhancement of habitat available to support healthy populations of fish and wildlife throughout the state.

      (G) Production of populations of threatened or endangered species to achieve levels of natural production consistent with overall restoration goals.

      (H) Establishment of a science-based system that supports evaluation of the Oregon Plan and provides a basis for making appropriate future changes to management programs.

      (I) Coordination of activities and programs among federal, state and local governments and other entities.

      (J) Use of voluntary and collaborative processes to achieve the mission of the Oregon Plan whenever possible.

      (3) The Oregon Plan is a comprehensive program for the protection and recovery of species and for the restoration of watersheds throughout this state. The Oregon Plan combines the regulatory and other actions of state and federal agencies and local governments with voluntary watershed restoration by private landowners and others. The Oregon Plan includes, but is not limited to:

      (a) Programs and policies found in the following statutes:

      (A) ORS 196.600 to 196.905;

      (B) ORS chapter 197;

      (C) ORS chapter 274;

      (D) ORS chapter 366;

      (E) ORS chapter 390;

      (F) ORS chapters 465, 466, 468 and 468B;

      (G) ORS 469.300 to 469.563, 469.590 to 469.619, 469.930 and 469.992;

      (H) ORS chapter 477;

      (I) ORS chapters 496, 497, 498, 501, 506, 507, 508, 509 and 511;

      (J) ORS 517.702 to 517.989;

      (K) ORS 527.310 to 527.370, 527.610 to 527.770, 527.990 (1) and 527.992;

      (L) ORS chapter 530;

      (M) ORS chapters 536 to 543A;

      (N) ORS 543A.005 to 543A.415; and

      (O) ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933;

      (b) Commitments of state agencies in the form of measures;

      (c) Actions of local governments and federal agencies taken in coordination with the state and consistent with the purposes of the Oregon Plan;

      (d) Voluntary activities undertaken by watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, landowners and other entities and consistent with the purposes of the Oregon Plan;

      (e) Scientific review by the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team, and others, of the activities performed under the Oregon Plan;

      (f) Programs and activities identified to address a coordinated approach for the recovery of native salmonid populations within Oregon;

      (g) The guidance statement and framework provided by the healthy streams partnership developed to provide cooperative solutions and voluntary approaches to improving the water quality of streams and to achieve healthy streams throughout Oregon; and

      (h) Programs for the restoration and enhancement of multiple species and of the habitat of those species.

      (4) The Oregon Plan is subject to modification and alteration to enhance program efforts consistent with appropriate guidance principles developed by the Legislative Assembly.

      (5) The purpose of the Oregon Plan is to enhance, restore and protect Oregon’s native salmonid populations, watersheds, fish and wildlife habitat and water quality, while sustaining a healthy economy.

      (6) The Oregon Plan shall:

      (a) Provide for coordination of local, state, federal and tribal agency responsibilities and authorities for native salmonid, watershed and habitat restoration throughout Oregon.

      (b) Rely on watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts, which are directed to cooperate in the development of local watershed plans that assess watershed conditions and create watershed action plans and strategies for the implementation of the local watershed action plans.

      (c) Focus state policies and resources on achieving native salmonid recovery and watershed restoration while sustaining a healthy economy and environment.

      (7) The Oregon Plan shall focus on aiding the recovery of species listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act or under ORS 496.171 to 496.192 until such time as recovery is achieved. Once recovery has been achieved for any species listed as threatened or endangered under ORS 496.171 to 496.192, the Governor shall direct the State Fish and Wildlife Commission to begin rulemaking, as provided in ORS 496.176, to remove the species from the list created pursuant to ORS 496.172. Upon recovery, adequate measures pursuant to the Oregon Plan shall remain in place, as necessary, to help a species avoid a return to threatened or endangered status.

      (8)(a) The Governor, or the Governor’s designee, shall negotiate with federal officials to obtain assurances to the effect that compliance with the Oregon Plan and the programs and policies found in the statutes listed in subsection (3) of this section and implementation of related state programs and policies will satisfy federal requirements imposed by the federal Endangered Species Act. Specifically, the Governor, or the Governor’s designee, shall seek an exemption to the requirements of 16 U.S.C. 1533(d), shall seek to enter into a cooperative agreement pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 1535(c) or shall seek to obtain a permit that allows the incidental taking of species under 16 U.S.C. 1539(a).

      (b) State agencies responsible for implementing the programs and policies found in the statutes listed in subsection (3) of this section shall work with the Governor, or the Governor’s designee, and with federal officials to provide the information necessary to obtain the exemptions, agreement or permit specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection. [Formerly 541.405]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

(Oregon Plan Administration)

 

      541.900 Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; officers; qualifications. (1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is created. The board shall consist of 17 members as set forth in subsection (2) of this section. The chairperson shall have such powers and duties as are provided by the rules of the board.

      (2)(a) The 11 voting members of the board shall be knowledgeable about natural resource issues, represent all geographic regions of this state and include at least one representative of a tribe. The board shall consist of the following:

      (A) Each of the following boards or commissions shall designate one member of their board or commission to serve on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board:

      (i) The Environmental Quality Commission;

      (ii) The State Fish and Wildlife Commission;

      (iii) The State Board of Forestry;

      (iv) The State Board of Agriculture; and

      (v) The Water Resources Commission; and

      (B) Six public members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate in accordance with ORS 171.562 and 171.565. Each public member shall serve for a term of four years. A member shall be eligible for reappointment, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

      (b) In addition to the voting members, the director of the Oregon State University Extension Service, or the director’s designee, shall serve as a nonvoting member of the board and shall participate as needed in the activities of the board.

      (c) In addition to the voting and nonvoting members designated in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, representatives of the following federal agencies shall be invited to serve as additional nonvoting members of the board:

      (A) A representative of the United States Forest Service.

      (B) A representative of the United States Bureau of Land Management.

      (C) A representative of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.

      (D) A representative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

      (E) A representative of the National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States Department of Commerce.

      (3) The voting members of the board shall select a chairperson from among the voting members of the board.

      (4) At least eight voting members of the board must be present to take action to award grant funds under ORS 541.926. If three or more voting members object to an award of grant funds, the board shall reject the proposal and direct the applicant to revise the proposal to comply with the requirements of ORS 541.947, 541.956 and 541.958 and resubmit the proposal. [Formerly 541.360]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.902 Executive director of Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; appointment. (1) Subject to confirmation by the Senate in the manner provided in ORS 171.562 and 171.565, the Governor shall appoint an executive director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The executive director shall be an individual qualified by training and experience and shall serve for a term of four years, at the pleasure of the Governor.

      (2) The executive director shall receive a salary as provided by law or, if not so provided, as prescribed by the Governor.

      (3) In addition to salary, but subject to any applicable law regulating travel and other expenses of state officers and employees, the executive director shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by the executive director in the performance of official duties.

      (4) Subject to any applicable provisions of the State Personnel Relations Law, the executive director shall appoint all subordinate officers and employees of the board, prescribe their duties and fix their compensation. [Formerly 541.362]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.904 Authority of executive director to enter into interagency agreements. In addition to any other authority granted to the executive director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the executive director, on behalf of the board, may enter into interagency agreements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the board. [Formerly 541.363]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.906 Rules. (1) In accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall adopt rules and standards to carry out the watershed enhancement program.

      (2) The rules and standards adopted by the board under subsection (1) of this section shall include, but need not be limited to:

      (a) Grant application requirements and review and selection criteria for projects to receive assistance or funding from the board, including funding from the Flexible Incentives Account established under ORS 541.937.

      (b) Criteria for distributing to those entities specified in ORS 541.932 those funds appropriated to the board for funding projects. The criteria shall include a process for periodic review of the distribution by the appropriate legislative committee.

      (c) Conditions for approval by the board for implementation of a project including but not limited to:

      (A) Provisions satisfactory to the board for inspection and evaluation of the implementation of a project including all necessary agreements to allow the board and employees of any cooperating agency providing staff services for the board access to the project area;

      (B) Provisions satisfactory to the board for controlling the expenditure of and accounting for any funds granted by the board for implementation of the project;

      (C) An agreement that those initiating the project will submit all pertinent information and research gained from the project to the board for inclusion in the centralized repository established by the board; and

      (D) Provisions for the continued maintenance of the portion of the riparian area or associated uplands enhanced by the project. [Formerly 541.396]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.910 Voluntary local watershed councils; protection against liability. (1) Local government groups are encouraged to form voluntary local watershed councils in accordance with the guidelines set forth in subsection (2) of this section. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board may work cooperatively with any local watershed council that may be formed. Requests from local watershed councils for state assistance shall be evaluated on the basis of whether the requesting organization reflects the interests of the affected watershed and the potential to protect and enhance the quality of the watershed in question.

      (2) Local watershed councils formed under subsection (1) of this section shall consist of a majority of local residents, including local officials. A watershed council may be a new or existing organization as long as the council represents a balance of interested and affected persons within the watershed and assures a high level of citizen involvement in the development and implementation of a watershed action program. A local watershed council may include representatives of local government, representatives of nongovernment organizations and private citizens, including but not limited to:

      (a) Representatives of local and regional boards, commissions, districts and agencies;

      (b) Representatives of federally recognized Indian tribes;

      (c) Public interest group representatives;

      (d) Private landowners;

      (e) Industry representatives;

      (f) Members of academic, scientific and professional communities; and

      (g) Representatives of state and federal agencies.

      (3) If more than one watershed council exists in a county, each watershed council shall periodically report the activities of the council to the county governing body.

      (4) The Oregon Department of Administrative Services may provide to voluntary local watershed councils and their officers, employees and agents acting within the scope of their employment or duties, protection against liability as part of the insurance provided to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board pursuant to ORS 278.120 to 278.215. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, after consulting the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and local watershed councils, shall establish guidelines for liability coverage and limits of coverage. The Oregon Department of Administrative Services shall determine any additional contributions to be apportioned to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for extending insurance to voluntary local watershed councils, and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall pay the assessments from such moneys as may be available for those assessments. [Formerly 541.388]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.912 Duties of Natural Resources Division. In addition to the duties conferred on the Natural Resources Division of the State Department of Agriculture under ORS 561.400 and 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933, the division shall:

      (1) In cooperation with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, provide appropriate personnel who, under the direction of the board, shall:

      (a) Serve as community advisors to cooperatively develop watershed enhancement projects with volunteers; and

      (b) Cooperatively evaluate watershed enhancement projects with those responsible for project implementation.

      (2) Provide technical assistance to individuals responsible for implementation of a watershed enhancement project.

      (3) Work with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to coordinate the implementation of enhancement projects with the activities of other agencies, including but not limited to, those state and federal agencies participating in coordinated resource management planning. [Formerly 541.390]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.914 Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team; duties; agency response to science team recommendations. (1) There is created an Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team consisting of up to seven scientists with recognized expertise in fisheries, artificial propagation, stream ecology, forestry, range, watershed and agricultural management. The Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall jointly appoint the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team. The decision to appoint a member of the team shall be a unanimous decision by the appointing authorities. The members of the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team shall serve for four years and may be reappointed for a subsequent term. The team shall be governed by generally accepted guidelines and practices governing the activities of independent science boards such as the National Academy of Sciences.

      (2) The Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team shall:

      (a) Review implementation of the Oregon Plan and other programs for achieving healthy streams as described in ORS 541.898.

      (b) Prepare and submit to the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and the public an annual report on the implementation of the Oregon Plan, including any recommendations for changes or adjustments to the initiative.

      (c) Serve as an independent scientific peer review panel to the state agencies responsible for developing and implementing the Oregon Plan and other salmon or stream enhancement programs throughout this state.

      (d) Report regularly to the appropriate legislative committee concerning the duties described under this subsection and other requests by the committee.

      (3) If the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team submits suggestions to an agency responsible for implementing a portion of the Oregon Plan, the agency shall respond in writing to the team, explaining how the agency intends to implement the suggestion or why the agency does not implement the suggestion. The team shall include any agency responses in its report under subsection (2)(b) of this section.

      (4) Members of the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team shall be compensated for their services and are eligible for reimbursement of travel and other reasonable expenses in accordance with ORS 292.495.

      (5) Compensation for members of the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team shall be determined by the appointing authorities.

      (6) The office of the Governor shall provide administrative support and services to the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team. [Formerly 541.409]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.916 Responsibilities of state agency participating in Oregon Plan. Any state agency participating in the programs and activities described in ORS 541.898 shall:

      (1) Upon request of any person who believes the person’s private property rights may be adversely affected by the Oregon Plan, provide the person with written information about the agency’s dispute resolution services available pursuant to ORS 183.502.

      (2) Report to the appropriate legislative committee any dispute resolution services requested under this section, and the outcome of such dispute resolution. [Formerly 541.411]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.918 Implementation of grant programs. In cooperation with other state, interstate and federal agencies, tribes, local governments, watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, not-for-profit organizations and volunteer groups, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall facilitate the implementation of the grant programs established under ORS 541.890 to 541.969. [Formerly 541.368]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

(Watershed Enhancement Program)

 

      541.920 Conduct of watershed enhancement program; integration of geographic information. (1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall conduct a watershed enhancement program to benefit all users of the waters of this state. The board shall conduct the program in a manner that:

      (a) Provides the greatest possible opportunity for volunteer participation to achieve the goals of the program; and

      (b) Coordinates the information, data and data retrieval needs of the natural resource agencies of the state with the State Service Center for Geographic Information Systems.

      (2) In order to effectuate the program described in this section, the board shall establish protocols, policies and procedures necessary to integrate and organize geographic information and make it available to persons and entities involved in implementation of the Oregon Plan.

      (3) In working with the State Service Center for Geographic Information Systems, the board shall ensure that:

      (a) Information received by the center is formatted in a manner that results in an integrated geographic information system that meets the needs of all local, state, regional, tribal and federal entities involved in implementation of the Oregon Plan; and

      (b) The data are available to local, state and federal agencies and to any person implementing activities under the Oregon Plan.

      (4) The program developed under this section shall include development and implementation, in coordination with the natural resource agencies of the state, of a statewide monitoring program for activities conducted under the Oregon Plan. [Formerly 541.365]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.923 Watershed management program; project funding; high priority watersheds. (1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall initiate a watershed management program that relies on the establishment of voluntary local watershed councils comprised of residents, state and federal agency staff, members of federally recognized Indian tribes and other citizens interested in the management of watersheds and that provides for the development by these partnerships of local plans that may include but are not limited to the assessment of the watershed condition, the creation of a watershed action plan and a strategy for implementing the action plan. The program shall focus state resources on the achievement of sustainable watershed health, including funding major projects that contribute to the overall health of a watershed. In addition, the board shall fund smaller, voluntary projects for watershed enhancement and for restoration of riparian areas and associated uplands.

      (2) In carrying out the program under subsection (1) of this section, the board may designate high priority watersheds. However, the designation of high priority watersheds is intended only as a management tool for state agencies in allocating resources to support coordinated watershed management activities. Such designation is not intended to establish or confer any right, duty or authority, nor to have any legal significance beyond that described in this section, nor to discourage or prohibit the formation and function of voluntary local watershed councils in other watersheds.

      (3) The elected officials representing the appropriate local government groups containing or within a proposed watershed council area shall determine whether to participate in the voluntary formation of a local watershed council. When multiple local government groups are involved within an area that would be served by a watershed council, the affected local government groups shall together determine their respective roles and the appropriate method for appointing members to a local watershed council. [Formerly 541.384]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.926 Duties of board; grant program; advisory committees. (1) In carrying out the watershed enhancement program described in ORS 541.920, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall:

      (a) Coordinate the board’s funding of enhancement projects with the activities of the Natural Resources Division staff and other agencies, especially those agencies working together through a system of coordinated resource management planning.

      (b) Use the expertise of the appropriate state agency according to the type of enhancement project.

      (c) Provide educational and informational materials to promote public awareness and involvement in the watershed enhancement program.

      (d) Coordinate and provide for or arrange for assistance in the activities of persons, agencies or political subdivisions developing local watershed enhancement projects funded by the board.

      (e) Grant funds for the support of watershed councils in assessing watershed conditions, developing action plans, implementing projects and monitoring results and for the implementation of watershed enhancement projects from such moneys as may be available to the board therefor.

      (f) Develop and maintain a centralized repository for information about the effects of watershed enhancement and education projects.

      (g) Give priority to proposed watershed enhancement projects receiving funding or assistance from other sources.

      (h) Identify gaps in research or available information about watershed health and enhancement.

      (i) Cooperate with appropriate federal entities to identify the needs and interests of the State of Oregon so that federal plans and project schedules relating to watershed enhancement incorporate the state’s intent to the fullest extent practicable.

      (j) Encourage the use of nonstructural methods to enhance the riparian areas and associated uplands of Oregon’s watersheds.

      (k) Determine criteria for utilizing the private sector, both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, to provide landowners with technical assistance to help develop and implement conservation easements and resource improvement projects.

      (2) In accordance with ORS 541.890 to 541.969, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall administer a watershed conservation grant program using funds from the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund established under ORS 541.947, from the Natural Resources Subaccount established under ORS 541.942 and from the Flexible Incentives Account established under ORS 541.937.

      (3) To aid and advise the board in the performance of the functions of the board, the board may establish such advisory and technical committees as the board considers necessary. These committees may be continuing or temporary. The board shall determine the representation, membership, terms and organization of the committees and shall appoint their members. The chairperson is ex officio a member of each committee. [Formerly 541.370]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.929 Duties of board; integrated watershed planning framework; expenditures. (1) In addition to the duties set forth in ORS 541.926, in carrying out the provisions of ORS 541.890 to 541.969, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board:

      (a) Shall establish a framework for a locally based integrated watershed planning and management process designed to assist watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts and other partners and to support the efforts of watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts and other partners to work within the requirements of state and federal laws without duplication of planning effort. The framework shall include all of the following:

      (A) Guidance and protocols for watershed assessments to encourage consistent assessment methods across all watersheds and agencies, including assessment of cumulative effects. At a minimum, such guidance shall address the following plan components:

      (i) A description of the watershed;

      (ii) An assessment of current watershed conditions and the distribution and condition of habitat; and

      (iii) Identification of conditions preventing watershed restoration.

      (B) Guidance on how to prepare watershed action plans. At a minimum, such guidance shall address the following plan components:

      (i) Applicable water quality standards and native salmonid and habitat recovery objectives;

      (ii) Proposed measures needed to restore watershed health;

      (iii) Timeline and budget estimates for implementation of action measures in priority order; and

      (iv) Monitoring and evaluation systems.

      (b) May review plans, actions and rules of state agencies pertaining to restoration and protection grants for the purpose of coordinating the board’s grant program with other ongoing grant programs.

      (c) Shall establish statewide and regional goals and priorities that shall become the basis for funding decisions by the board. In adopting such goals and priorities, the board shall adopt priorities for grant funding based on the Oregon Plan, the Oregon Conservation Strategy, the watershed health and native fish recovery programs of this state and measurable goals. In carrying out this function, the board shall consider local economic and social impacts among the criteria.

      (d) Shall support development and implementation of a system that enables standardized collection, management and reporting of natural resources information in Oregon, including water data, geographic information system data and information on native fish and wildlife and habitat.

      (e) Shall promote the availability of information on the effects of watershed enhancement.

      (f) May not have regulatory or enforcement authority except for the fiscal responsibilities described in ORS 541.890 to 541.969.

      (2) In addition to any other expenditures consistent with ORS 541.945, moneys in the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund may be expended in the form of grants or allocations:

      (a) To soil and water conservation districts and watershed councils for costs of employing staff to further the development and implementation of activities, projects and programs for the purposes described in ORS 541.945; or

      (b) For a specific project or program application or for implementation of an approved action plan.

      (3) To the maximum extent practicable, soil and water conservation districts and watershed councils shall share technical staff. [Formerly 541.371]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.932 Watershed enhancement project assistance; criteria for funding approval; acquisition of interest in land or water. (1)(a) The following entities may submit a request for funding for, or for advice and assistance in developing, a project under ORS 541.890 to 541.969:

      (A) A person;

      (B) An Indian tribe;

      (C) A watershed council;

      (D) A soil and water conservation district;

      (E) A community college;

      (F) A public university listed in ORS 352.002;

      (G) An independent not-for-profit institution of higher education; or

      (H) A political subdivision of this state that is not a state agency.

      (b) A state agency or federal agency may apply for funding under this section only as a coapplicant with an entity described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (2) The request under subsection (1) of this section shall be filed in the manner, be in the form and contain the information required by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, regardless of the anticipated funding source for the project.

      (3) The board may establish a grant program through soil and water conservation districts organized under ORS 568.210 to 568.808 and 568.900 to 568.933 that provides funds for local implementation of watershed enhancement, education and monitoring efforts.

      (4) The board may fund implementation of action plans based on a watershed assessment that addresses water quality and aquatic resources of the watershed.

      (5) A project may use mechanical, vegetative or structural methods including, but not limited to, management techniques, erosion control, streambank stabilization, forest, range or crop land treatment, site specific in-stream structures, acquisitions or leases of land or water rights from a willing owner, watershed assessments, landowner incentives and action plan development, implementation and monitoring.

      (6) The actions of a soil and water conservation district carried out pursuant to a grant program established by the board under subsection (3) of this section shall not be subject to review and approval by the Natural Resources Division under ORS 561.400.

      (7) If a project or a portion of a project is not subject to the funding criteria described in ORS 541.958 and applies to receive funding from the board, the board may approve the project or portion of a project for funding only if the project or portion of a project:

      (a) Is based on sound principles of native fish or wildlife habitat conservation or watershed management;

      (b) Uses methods most adapted to the project locale;

      (c) Meets the criteria established by the board under ORS 541.906; and

      (d) Contributes to either:

      (A) The improved health of a stream, lake or reservoir and toward the achievement of standards that satisfy the requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (P.L. 92-500), as amended; or

      (B) The conservation or restoration of habitat for, or of watershed or ecosystem function for, native fish or wildlife.

      (8) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board may fund a project for the restoration of a riparian area or associated upland that is carried out in conjunction with a storage structure. However, the board shall not approve funding for any proposed project that consists solely of construction of a storage structure for out-of-stream use.

      (9) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board may fund projects involving the acquisition of lands and waters, or interests therein from willing sellers, for the purpose of maintaining or restoring watersheds and habitat for native fish or wildlife. Interests in these lands and waters may be held by local, state and federal agencies, tribes, not-for-profit land conservation organizations and trusts, public universities listed in ORS 352.002, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of this state, as long as the entity continues to use the land or water for the purposes specified under section 4b, Article XV of the Oregon Constitution.

      (10) If the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board approves funding for a project under this section, the board may not disburse funds to the applicant for any part of the project that requires the applicant to obtain a permit or license from a local, state or federal agency or governing body until the applicant presents evidence that the agency has granted the permit or license. [Formerly 541.375]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

(Program Funding)

 

      541.935 Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds Legal Fund; sources; uses. There is hereby established in the State Treasury the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds Legal Fund for the purpose of funding the activities of the Department of Justice in providing legal advice to or appearing on behalf of a state agency that takes, funds or authorizes actions when those actions are challenged under the federal Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), as amended, or the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (P.L. 92-500), as amended, to the limits of the fund. The fund created by this section shall consist of all moneys received on behalf of the fund by gift, grant or appropriation, from whatever source. Moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Department of Justice for the uses described in this section. Such uses may include, but need not be limited to, participation in a legal proceeding involving an action taken by a citizen or political subdivision of this state, where that action is authorized or funded by this state, and where:

      (1) The state agency that authorizes or funds the action:

      (a) Determines that the action is consistent with the Oregon Plan and is in compliance with applicable state laws; and

      (b) Recommends to the Attorney General that the state participate in such legal challenge; and

      (2) The Attorney General, after consulting with the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, determines that such participation is in the best strategic interest of the state. [Formerly 541.415]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.937 Flexible Incentives Account; sources; uses. (1) There is created a Flexible Incentives Account in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the account shall be credited to the account. The moneys in the account are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the purposes specified in this section.

      (2) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall use the Flexible Incentives Account to assist landowners in the implementation of strategies intended to protect and restore native species of fish, wildlife and plants and to maintain long-term ecological health, diversity and productivity in a manner consistent with statewide, regional or local conservation plans. The board shall seek to fund those strategies that offer the greatest public benefit at the lowest cost. The account may also be used to fund activities to achieve the purposes of stewardship agreements entered into under ORS 541.423 between a landowner, or a representative of the landowner, and the State Department of Agriculture or the State Board of Forestry.

      (3) The account shall consist of moneys appropriated to it by the Legislative Assembly and moneys provided to the board by federal, state, regional or local governments for the purposes specified in this section. The board may accept private moneys in the form of gifts, grants and bequests for deposit into the account. [Formerly 541.381]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.940 Parks and Natural Resources Fund. (1) There is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund, the Parks and Natural Resources Fund to be administered by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. All moneys transferred from the State Lottery Fund and all other moneys authorized to be transferred to the Parks and Natural Resources Fund from whatever source are appropriated continuously for the public purposes of restoring and protecting Oregon’s parks, beaches, watersheds and native fish and wildlife habitats. Fifteen percent of the net proceeds from the Oregon State Lottery shall be deposited in the Parks and Natural Resources Fund created under this subsection.

      (2) The Legislative Assembly may not limit expenditures from the Parks and Natural Resources Fund. The Legislative Assembly may appropriate other moneys or revenues to the Parks and Natural Resources Fund. [Formerly 541.377]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.942 Natural Resources Subaccount. (1) Of the moneys deposited into the Parks and Natural Resources Fund created under ORS 541.940 from the Oregon State Lottery, 50 percent shall be deposited into a Natural Resources Subaccount for the public purpose of financing the restoration and protection of native fish and wildlife, watersheds and water quality in Oregon. The State Treasurer may invest and reinvest the moneys in the Natural Resources Subaccount as provided in ORS 293.701 to 293.857.

      (2) Moneys in the Natural Resources Subaccount shall be used to accomplish each of the following:

      (a) Protecting and improving water quality in the rivers, lakes and streams of this state by restoring natural watershed functions or stream flows;

      (b) Securing long-term protection for lands and waters that provide significant habitats for native fish and wildlife;

      (c) Restoring and maintaining habitat needed to sustain healthy and resilient populations of native fish and wildlife;

      (d) Maintaining the diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems in this state;

      (e) Involving people in voluntary actions to protect, restore and maintain the ecological health of lands and waters in this state; and

      (f) Remedying the conditions that limit the health of fish and wildlife, fish and wildlife habitats and watershed functions that are in the greatest need of conservation.

      (3) Except as provided in subsections (4) and (5) of this section, of the moneys deposited into the Natural Resources Subaccount from the Oregon State Lottery:

      (a) Sixty-five percent of the moneys shall be deposited into the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund established under ORS 541.947 to be used by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the purposes set forth in ORS 541.956; and

      (b) Thirty-five percent of the moneys shall be deposited into the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund established under ORS 541.945.

      (4) If the amount transferred from the Oregon State Lottery to the Parks and Natural Resources Fund during a biennium is more than 150 percent of the amount that was transferred during the 2009-2011 biennium, except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, the State Treasurer shall, during the next following biennium, deposit from the Natural Resources Subaccount to the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund the amount described in subsection (3)(a) of this section plus an amount equal to the difference between the amount deposited from the subaccount to the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund during the preceding biennium and 70 percent of the moneys received by the subaccount from the Oregon State Lottery during the preceding biennium.

      (5) The requirements in subsections (3) and (4) of this section apply only for biennia in which the Legislative Assembly does not require a greater percentage of the Natural Resources Subaccount moneys to be deposited into the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund. The Legislative Assembly may not authorize the percentage of Natural Resources Subaccount moneys deposited into the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund in a biennium to be less than the percentage required to be deposited under subsections (3) and (4) of this section. [2011 c.643 §9]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.945 Watershed Conservation Operating Fund; purposes. (1) The Watershed Conservation Operating Fund is established in the State Treasury separate and distinct from the General Fund. The Watershed Conservation Operating Fund shall consist of all moneys placed in the fund as provided by law. The purpose of the fund is to carry out activities that support all of the purposes described in ORS 541.942. Moneys in the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund shall be used for each of the following:

      (a) To develop, implement or update state conservation strategies or plans to protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitats or to protect or restore natural watershed or ecosystem functions to improve water quality or stream flows;

      (b) To develop, implement or update regional or local strategies or plans that are consistent with state strategies or plans described in paragraph (a) of this subsection;

      (c) To develop, implement or update state strategies or plans to prevent, detect, control or eradicate invasive species that threaten native fish or wildlife habitats or that impair water quality;

      (d) To support local delivery, including but not limited to delivery by watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts and other community-based organizations, of watershed education activities and other programs or projects that protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitats, watersheds or ecosystems;

      (e) To pay the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board costs of administering the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund;

      (f) To enforce fish and wildlife laws and regulations and fish and wildlife habitat protection laws and regulations; and

      (g) To reimburse the Secretary of State as described in ORS 297.230 for the costs of audits performed by the Secretary of State under section 4c, Article XV of the Oregon Constitution.

      (2) Interest accruing to the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund shall be credited to the fund. Watershed Conservation Operating Fund moneys appropriated and not expended by the completion of a biennium shall remain in the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund.

      (3) Any public or private source may make gifts or grants to the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund. [2011 c.643 §16]

 

      Note: 541.945 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      541.947 Watershed Conservation Grant Fund. (1) The Watershed Conservation Grant Fund is established separate and distinct from the General Fund. The Watershed Conservation Grant Fund shall consist of all moneys placed in the fund as provided by law. All moneys in the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for grants to fund projects described in ORS 541.958 that use grant moneys as provided under ORS 541.956. Interest accruing to the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund shall be credited to the fund. Watershed Conservation Grant Fund moneys appropriated and not expended by the completion of a biennium shall remain in the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund.

      (2) The board also may accept gifts and grants from any public or private source for the purpose of providing the grants described in this section. [2011 c.643 §12]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.949 Authority of board to accept moneys; disposition. (1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board may accept moneys from any public or private source, including the federal government, made available for the purpose of encouraging, promoting and securing watershed enhancement or to facilitate and assist in carrying out the functions of the board, including administrative expenses, as provided by law.

      (2) All moneys received by the board under this section shall be deposited in the State Treasury and kept in separate accounts in the General Fund designated according to the purposes for which moneys were made available.

      (3) Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS 291.238, all moneys received under this section are continuously appropriated to the board for the purpose for which they were made available and shall be expended in accordance with the terms and conditions upon which they were made available. [Formerly 541.372]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.950 Authority of Governor to accept moneys; disposition. (1) The Governor may receive gifts, grants, bequests, endowments and donations of moneys from public and private sources, including the federal government, for the purpose of implementing the Oregon Plan, as described in ORS 541.898, and the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

      (2) If requested by the source, the Governor shall deposit moneys received under this section into the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund for use as provided under ORS 541.956. The Governor shall deposit all other moneys received under this section in the State Treasury to the credit of the Watershed Conservation Operating Fund established under ORS 541.945. [Formerly 541.373]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.953 [Formerly 541.379; repealed by 2011 c.643 §27]

 

      541.954 Watershed Improvement Grant Fund; sources; uses. (1) The Watershed Improvement Grant Fund is established separate and distinct from the General Fund. The Watershed Improvement Grant Fund shall consist of all moneys placed in the fund as provided by law. All moneys in the Watershed Improvement Grant Fund are continuously appropriated to fund watershed improvement grants described in ORS 541.399 and 541.401 as set forth in the 2009 Edition of Oregon Revised Statutes that were issued prior to July 21, 2011. Interest accruing to the Watershed Improvement Grant Fund shall be credited to the fund. Funds appropriated and not expended by the completion of a biennium shall remain in the Watershed Improvement Grant Fund.

      (2) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board created under ORS 541.900 shall administer the Watershed Improvement Grant Fund and provide grants from the fund as described in subsection (1) of this section.

      (3) The board may accept gifts and grants from any public or private source for the purpose of funding the grants described in subsection (1) of this section. [Formerly 541.397]

 

      Note: 541.954 (formerly 541.397) is repealed July 1, 2015. See section 29, chapter 643, Oregon Laws 2011.

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

(Program Projects)

 

      541.956 Watershed Conservation Grant Fund purposes. The purpose of the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund is to provide funding for grants to achieve the purposes and uses described in ORS 541.942 and to implement the mission of the Oregon Plan, including but not limited to grants to further the Oregon Conservation Strategy and the watershed health and native fish recovery programs of this state. Moneys appropriated to the fund shall be used only for the following activities:

      (1) Acquiring from willing owners interests in land or water that will protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitats. The interests may include, but need not be limited to, fee interests, conservation easements or leases.

      (2) Projects to protect or restore native fish habitat or wildlife habitat.

      (3) Projects to protect or restore natural watershed or ecosystem functions in order to improve water quality or stream flows.

      (4) Resource assessment, planning, design and engineering, technical assistance, monitoring and outreach activities necessary for carrying out subsections (1) to (3) of this section. [2011 c.643 §13]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.958 Criteria for project receiving moneys from Watershed Conservation Grant Fund. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board may award funds from the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund only for activities described in ORS 541.956. Any project that the board approves for funding shall comply with the following criteria:

      (1) There is a matching contribution from other program funds, in-kind services or other investment in the project;

      (2) The project to be funded is reviewed and approved by a technical committee established in accordance with ORS 541.926; and

      (3) The project provides a public benefit by supporting improved:

      (a) Water quality;

      (b) Native fish or wildlife habitat; or

      (c) Watershed or ecosystem function. [Formerly 541.401]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.960 Title restrictions on land purchased through grant agreement; rules. (1) Land purchased through a grant agreement with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall be subject to title restrictions that are consistent with the conservation purposes of the grant and give the board the authority to approve, approve with conditions or deny the sale or transfer of the land. The board may require conditions on the sale or transfer to:

      (a) Ensure consistency with the intent of the original grant;

      (b) Ensure the ability of the party receiving the land through the sale or transfer to carry out the obligations under the grant agreement; and

      (c) Address the disposition of proceeds from the sale or transfer, including any provisions for repayment, with interest, of any grant funds.

      (2) The board may not allow a sale or transfer that results in any profit to any person.

      (3) The board shall, by rule, define “profit” for the purpose of not allowing sales or transfers and shall specify the process and criteria that the board will use in considering whether to approve, approve with conditions or deny a sale or transfer. [Formerly 541.376]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

(Reports)

 

      541.963 Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board report to Legislative Assembly. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall report biennially to the Legislative Assembly on the implementation of the management program under ORS 541.923 and grants awarded under ORS 541.956. The report shall include but need not be limited to:

      (1) An explanation of the effectiveness and workability of the partnership process described in ORS 541.923;

      (2) A description of any modifications to the process that have been instituted; and

      (3) Recommendations concerning the need for future legislative action. [Formerly 541.392]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.965 State agency reports to be provided to board. In order to assist the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board in developing and maintaining a centralized repository under ORS 541.926, the following agencies shall provide the board with a copy of any report produced by the agency that is related to enhancement or restoration of riparian areas or associated uplands:

      (1) The Department of Environmental Quality.

      (2) The State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

      (3) The Water Resources Department.

      (4) The State Forestry Department.

      (5) The State Department of Agriculture.

      (6) The agricultural extension service of Oregon State University. [Formerly 541.395]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.967 Agency report to legislative committee prior to adjustment of expenditure limitation or additional funding related to Oregon Plan. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if during the interim between legislative sessions any agency responsible for implementing a portion of the Oregon Plan or a program for the enhancement or restoration of streams throughout the state requires additional funding or an adjustment to the agency’s expenditure limitations as approved by the Legislative Assembly to complete implementation of the Oregon Plan, the agency shall first submit a report to the appropriate legislative committee. The committee shall review the request and present a recommendation to the Emergency Board at the time the agency submits its request to the Emergency Board. [Formerly 541.413]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.969 Report to Legislative Assembly by state agencies receiving subaccount moneys. Each state agency that receives moneys from the Natural Resources Subaccount created under ORS 541.942 shall submit a report to the Legislative Assembly each biennium regarding the use of the moneys by the agency. The report shall include, but need not be limited to, a description of the measurable biennial and cumulative results of the activities and programs for which the agency expended the moneys. Reports required by this section are in addition to any audit report supplied by the Secretary of State under ORS chapter 297. [2011 c.643 §10]

 

      Note: See note under 541.890.

 

      541.972 Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board reports to Governor and Legislative Assembly on Oregon Plan. (1) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall, by January 15 of each odd-numbered year, submit a report to the Governor and to the appropriate committee or committees of the Legislative Assembly that assesses the implementation and effectiveness of the Oregon Plan in the state. The report shall address each drainage basin in the state and shall include, but need not be limited to:

      (a) A status report on watershed and key habitat conditions in the drainage basin based on available information;

      (b) An assessment of data and information needs deemed critical to monitoring and evaluating watershed and habitat enhancement programs and efforts;

      (c) An overview of state agency programs addressing watershed conditions;

      (d) An overview of voluntary restoration activities addressing watershed conditions;

      (e) A summary of investments made by the board from funds received under section 4b, Article XV of the Oregon Constitution, and all other sources; and

      (f) The recommendations of the board for enhancing the effectiveness of Oregon Plan implementation in each drainage basin.

      (2) In order to provide the board with the information necessary to complete the report described in subsection (1) of this section, each natural resources agency shall provide information requested by the board in the format and at the times determined by the board.

      (3) For purposes of this section, “natural resources agency” includes:

      (a) Department of Environmental Quality;

      (b) State Department of Agriculture;

      (c) State Department of Fish and Wildlife;

      (d) State Forestry Department;

      (e) Department of State Lands;

      (f) Water Resources Department;

      (g) Department of Land Conservation and Development;

      (h) State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries;

      (i) Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board;

      (j) Fish and Wildlife Division of the Department of State Police;

      (k) Department of Transportation;

      (L) State Parks and Recreation Department;

      (m) Oregon Business Development Department;

      (n) State Marine Board; and

      (o) Any other state agency that is required to manage, allocate or protect natural resources, either as the primary responsibility of the agency or in conjunction with the primary responsibilities of the agency.

      (4) In addition to the report specified under subsection (1) of this section, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall report regularly during the interim on the implementation of the Oregon Plan to the appropriate legislative committee. [Formerly 541.420]

 

      Note: 541.972 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 541 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

PENALTIES

 

      541.990 Penalties. (1) Any person, or any officer of any firm or corporation who is found guilty of constructing any splash dam for the floating of logs or other lumber products on any stream or other body of water in the State of Oregon commits a Class A misdemeanor.

      (2) Violation of ORS 541.510 is a Class A misdemeanor.

      (3) Violation of ORS 541.545 (1) is a Class A misdemeanor. [1957 c.163 §4; subsection (2) enacted as 1959 c.624 §2; subsection (3) enacted as 1961 c.379 §9; subsection (4) enacted as 1967 c.567 §13; subsection (4) renumbered 196.990 in 1989; 2011 c.597 §227]

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