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Resources for Water Right Examiners


The following resources are provided to aid Certified Water Right Examiners in the preparation of certain application maps and for Claims of Beneficial Use for applications filed after July 9, 1987, and to provide information about how Claims of Beneficial Use are evaluated by the Department.

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Claim of Beneficial Use Forms and Completeness Checklist

Claims of Beneficial Use submitted to the Department must be completed on a form provided by the Department.  The current versions of the Claim of Beneficial Use form are available for downloading below in Word and PDF form (non-interactive).
Claim of Beneficial Use Forms for:

Permits claiming more than 0.1 cfs and All Transfers 
Ground Water Permits claiming 0.1 cfs or less
Surface Water Permits claiming 0.1 cfs or less
Reservoir Permits by CWRE's (not self-certified) for reservoirs storing more than 9.2 acre-feet of water or with a secondary surface water permit
Self-certified Reservoir Permits issued under ORS 537.409 for reservoirs storing less than 9.2 acre-feet of water and with no secondary surface water permit. 
Checklist used by the Department to review the Claim of Beneficial Use map and site report.

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Calculations and Calculators

Claims of Beneficial Use submitted to the Department must include calculations indicating the maximum capacity of the system.  The calculation instructions below describe the calculations used by the Department to determine the theoretical capacity of pumps, sprinklers, ditches and canals, gravity flow pipes, and small reservoirs (those not requiring as-built plans).  The Department has prepared a series of calculators (Excel spreadsheets) to help determine the theoretical capacity of pumps, sprinklers, ditches and canals, and gravity flow pipes.  Those calculators are available to download below.
Calculation instructions (PDF 98 KB)
Pump (XLS 16 KB)
Sprinklers (XLS 20 KB)
Ditch (XLS 16 KB)
Pipe (XLS 16 KB)

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Find Out if a Property Has a Water Right

Realtors are encouraged to begin researching Water Right information for property(ies) involved in real estate transactions as soon as possible.  To that end, there are several methods that can be used to determine whether a piece of property has a water right.  The appropriate method depends on the information you have.  The Department has developed step-by-step instructions to help utilize the water right mapping page.  To access the most common methods for determining whether a piece of property has a water right, click here.

DISCLAIMER: The information reflected in the Water Right Mapping page is derived by interpretations of paper records.  Please refer to the actual water right record for the details on any water right.  Care was taken in the creation of the data but is provided “as is”.  The Water Resources Department cannot accept any responsibility for errors, omission, or accuracy of the information.  There are no warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, accompanying this information.  However, notification of any errors is appreciated by the Department.
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Continuing Education Resources

OAR 820-050 requires CWREs to 10 professional development hour (PDH) units in subjects related to the practice of water right examination each renewal period. “Water Right Examination” includes: courses or study related to water right applications and claims of beneficial use, Water Resources Department programs, water law, or other subjects related to the work of a Water Right Examiner.
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Department Presentations

Measuring Water Levels and Conducting Pump Tests (Video - October 2013)

Measuring Water Levels and Conducting Pump Tests (PDF - Slides - October 2013)


2014 PLSO Presentation (PDF - Slides - January 2014) 


Allocation of Conserved Water Presentation (Video - June 2014)

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Water Right Examiner Contact Information Update Page 
Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying
Oregon Revised Statutes 
Chapter 537: Appropriation of Water Generally 
Chapter 538: Withdrawal of Certain Waters from Appropriation; Special Municipal and County Water Rights 
Chapter 540: Distribution of Water; Watermasters; Changes in Use, Transfer or Abandonment of Water Rights
Chapter 690, Oregon Administrative Rules
Division 12: Out-of-Basin Diversions
Division 14: Certified Water Right Examiners
Division 20: Appropriation and Use of Surface Water
Division 21: Water Management within Districts (Superceded by 385)
Division 300: Definitions
Division 310: Water Rights Application Processing
Division 315: Water Right Permit Extensions
Division 320: Water Rights Permits
Division 330: Water Right Certificates
Division 340: Water Use Authorizations
Division 380: Water Right Transfers
Division 385: Water Management Within Districts

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