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Drought Watch
Statutes, Rules & Initiatives
DIVISION 19: Revised Drought Mitigation Rules  The following administrative rules (OAR) apply to drought mitigation activities.  The mitigation activities were authorized by the 1989 legislature, amended by the 1993 legislature, and are codified at ORS 536.720 through 536.780 "EMERGENCY WATER SHORTAGE POWERS."  These rules provide for action available to the Governor and the Water Resources Commission.  They become operative only during extraordinary drought situations.  Action within these rules is intended to mitigate problems which may develop during years when water supplies are inadequate. Revised Division 19/Drought Mitigation Rules (PDF 69 KB).
DIVISION 77: Instream Water Rights  The purpose of this division is to establish the policy, procedures, criteria, standards and definitions which shall be applied by the department and Commission in the evaluation of applications for establishing instream water rights.  This division also provides for the conversion of existing minimum streamflows to instream water rights; for the purchase, gift or lease of existing water rights for use as instream water rights; and for the enforcement of instream water rights which are held in trust by the Water Resources Department to protect the public uses. 
See ORS 537.354 for instream water right subject to emergency water short provisions.
See ORS 536.770 and OAR 690-019-0040 for purchase of option or agreement for use of water permit or right during declared drought.
See OAR 690-077-0090 for the drought emergency provisions section.
DIVISION 250: Water Distribution  The purpose of these administrative rules is to give guidance in the administration of Oregon water laws. The rules provide instruction on how regulatory actions are to be done where statutes are unclear. Statutory authority to adopt administrative rules for water distribution is in ORS 540.145.
Western Governors´ Association (WGA) Drought Initiatives  Introduces the WGA´s Drought Response Action Plan of 1996, the National Drought Policy Act, the establishment of the The Western Drought Coordination Council, and other reports and agreements.
National Drought Policy Act of 1998  An Act to establish an advisory commission to provide advice and recommendations on the creation of an integrated, coordinated Federal policy designed to prepare for and respond to serious drought emergencies.