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Water Rights in Oregon


An Online Introduction
to Oregon’s Water Law and Water Rights System

Download the Water Rights in Oregon booklet for viewing and printing.  Full version of the Centennial Edition (PDF 1.85 MB)
Commission and Department

1. Oregon Water Laws
water management in Oregon

2. Protections and Restrictions
managing water appropriations

3. New Water Rights
gaining authorization to use water

4. Other Water Rights
authorization for water use

5. Transferring Rights
existing rights for new uses

6. Canceling Rights
loss of water rights through non-use

7. Conservation
encouraging efficient water use

8. Finding Water Rights
determining if you have a water right

9. Enforcing Water Laws
watermasters and field staff protecting rights and resources

10. Region Managers and Offices

Region Offices and Watermaster Districts

11. Fees

Appendix A
other development permits

Water Measurement Conversions