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Resources for Water Right Examiners

Introduction

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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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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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