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20th Anniversary of Instream Water Right Act
July 20, 1987 - July 20, 2007
Milestones
  • July 20, 1987 - Oregon’s Instream Water Right Act is passed.

  • 1988 - Oregon Supreme Court rules that new water use permits may not be issued below flow levels needed in state scenic waterways.  Diack v. City of Portland.

  • 1989 - 500th Minimum Perennial Streamflows converted to instream water right.

  • 1990 to 1992 - Scenic Waterway Flows adopted by the Oregon Water Resource Commission to preserve the free-flowing character of the state's scenic waterways in quantities necessary for recreation, fish and wildlife uses.

  • 1993 - Oregon Water Trust established; first water trust in the nation.

  • 1994 - 1st Instream Lease approved.

  • 1995 - 1st Time-Limited Instream Transfer approved.

  • 1996 - Deschutes River Conservancy established.

  • 1996 - 1st Allocation of Conserved Water approved.

  • 1997 - 1st Permanent Instream Transfer approved.

  • 1997 - 100 cfs permanently restored instream, through transfers and allocations of conserved water.

  • 1997 - Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds established.

  • 1998 - 900th State agency applied instream water rights issued.

  • 1998 - 100th Instream Lease approved.

  • 1998 - 1st Instream Lease approved related to the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

  • 2001 - Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board funds emergency drought instream leases.  OWEB also funded drought leases in 2003 and 2005.

  • 2001 - 100 cfs temporarily restored instream, through leasing and time-limited transfers (this is in addition to over 100 cfs permanently restored through transfers).

  • 2001 - Legislature authorizes Split-Season Instream Use Leasing.

  • 2002 - 1st Split-Season Instream Use Lease approved.

  • 2002 - Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust established.

  • 2003 - 500th Instream Lease approved.

  • 2006 - 500 cfs temporarily restored instream, through leases and time-limited transfers.

  • 2006 - Oregon Water Trust awarded Stewardship and Conservation Award by the Oregon Water Resources Department.

  • 2007 - 1,000th Instream Lease approved.

  • 2007 - Deschutes River Conservancy awarded Stewardship and Conservation Award by the Oregon Water Resources Department.