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The Department of State Lands protects waterways and wetlands through administration of Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, enacted in 1967.  This law requires most activities that affect more than 50 cubic yards of material in streams, lakes, estuaries and wetlands to have a permit from DSL. 
 
Regardless of size, almost all activities in Oregon Scenic Waterways and streams designated essential salmon habitat require a permit. 
 
The permit review process involves coordination with the applicant, adjacent land owners, natural resource agencies and local governments.  
 
The program's purpose is to:
  • Protect, conserve and make best use of water resources
  • Protect public navigation, fishery and recreational uses
  • Ensure that activities of one landowner don't adversely affect another landowner
  • Minimize flooding, improv​e water quality and provide fish and wildlife habitat
Aquatic Resource Management staff issue permits and carry out enforcement actions for removal-fill activities on public and private waterways, wetlands, the Pacific Ocean, and other waters of the state. 
 
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