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Water Law

An Introduction to Oregon Water Law

Under Oregon law, all water is publicly owned. With some exceptions, cities, farmers, factory owners and other users must obtain a permit or water right from the Water Resources Department to use
water from any source— whether it is underground, or from lakes or streams. Landowners with water flowing past, through, or under their property do not automatically have the right to use that water without a permit from the Department. more

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Oregon Administrative Rules

Water Resources Administrative Rules
New and Revised OARs
Oregon Bulletin
A monthly publication which provides notice of intended rule action, Executive Appointments, Executive Orders of the Governor and Opinions of the Attorney General.
Rulemaking Notices & Proposed Rules

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Oregon Revised Statutes

Oregon Revised Statutes 
2017 Oregon Water Laws 
            Volume I: Oregon Water Laws  - Oregon Water Laws
            (PDF 2 MB) 
            Volume II: Oregon Water Laws  - Oregon Laws Relating to Water Users' Organizations
            (PDF 875 KB) 
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Subscription for Department Mailings

Sign up for our free announcements, timely email messages that keep you up-to-date with Department communications such as public notices and meeting agendas. More 


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