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Klamath River Basin Adjudication
Klamath River Basin Adjudication
This adjudication is the process of determining claims to the use of surface water in the Klamath River
Basin. The first phase was the review and determination of these claims by the Oregon Water Resources Department, including the hearing of contests to claims and the issuance of proposed orders by administrative law judges from the State’s Office of Administrative Hearings. With Department’s issuance of the Adjudicator’s Findings of Fact and Final Order of Determination on March 7, 2013, this phase of the process is now complete.

The second phase of the process is now beginning. This is the review of the Final Order of Determination by the courts. Adjudication claimants or contestants who dispute the Department’s determination of their claims or contests will have an opportunity to file exceptions with the Klamath County Circuit Court. The Court will then review these exceptions, and will ultimately issue a water rights decree affirming or modifying the Final Order of Determination. The Department can issue water right certificates in accordance with the decree once it is issued by the court.


Annotated Index Available for the Digital Klamath Basin Adjudication Record
Instructions for purchasing a digital copy of the Klamath Basin Adjudication Record are available from the Klamath County Circuit Court’s web site using a quick link to the Klamath Basin Adjudication or @ ​http://courts.oregon.gov/Klamath/pages/water.aspx
OWRD has annotated the index that is included in this digital record.  A copy of that annotated index is provided here for use in conjunction with the digital copy of Klamath Basin Adjudication Record that can be obtained from the circuit court. 


Amended and Corrected Findings of Facts and Order of Determination (ACFFOD)   dated February 28, 2014, originally filed with the Klamath County Circuit Court on March 7, 2013
Cover Letter
Order of Entry
Certificate of Authenticity of Record
Claimant Names and Addresses -- Search for party by name, claim number or OAH case number.
Contestant Names and Addresses -- Search for party by name, claim number or OAH case number.


Claim Information prior to filing the Final Order of Determination with the Circuit Court
Summary Preliminary Evaluation of Claims (October 4, 1999)


Other Tools

Klamath Basin Supplement
A general look at the history, geology, and hydrology of the Basin. This general report also examines the water uses and water issues in the basin as told through some of the Basin´s water officials and citizens. Klamath Summary Report (PDF 2.2 MB)