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Reimbursement Authority is a project that provides the Water Resources Department the ability to enter into a voluntary agreement with an applicant for expedited agency action on an application or other request for regulatory action. Under such an agreement, the applicant pays the cost to hire additional staff, contract for services, or provide additional services to the applicant not otherwise available.
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The Department´s Reimbursement Authority program consists of both internal staff and pre-qualified contractors. The Water Right Certificate Program uses internal staff that are paid through the reimbursement authority program. The Transfer Program uses contractors which work directly for the Department. The contractors work on a rotational basis and prepare draft documents reflecting appropriate agency action.
Applicants interested in an estimate of the cost and timeline for expedited processing must submit a Reimbursement Authority Estimate Application along with a fee of $125.00. For more information on expediting a water right certificate, contact R. Craig Kohanek at (503) 986-0823. For information on expediting a transfer application, contact Dorothy Pedersen at (503) 986-0890.
In a separate contract, the water user agrees to an estimated time schedule for completing. The appropriate Reimbursement Authority Program flow chart provides a schematic of the process. In addition to the fee for expedited processing, the Department collects the statutorily required application fee.