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  • Working in Waters of the State
    Oregon's Removal-Fill Law (ORS 196.795-990) requires people who plan to remove or fill material in waters of the state to obtain a permit from the Department of State Lands.

    The purpose of the law, enacted in 1967, is to protect public navigation, fishery and recreational uses of the waters. "Waters of the state" are defined as "natural waterways including all tidal and nontidal bays, intermittent streams, constantly flowing streams, lakes, wetlands and other bodies of water in this state, navigable and nonnavigable, including that portion of the Pacific Ocean that is in the boundaries of this state." The law applies to all landowners, whether private individuals or public agencies.

    Note: we have rearranged the removal-fill Web pages to better assist permit applicants, following the format of the recently published Removal-Fill Guide. We hope you find the changes helpful. If you have difficulty finding information, please contact the Aquatic Resource Coordinator​ for your county.
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