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Commonly referred to as the "Aquabook," this booklet is an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of Oregon´s water rights system.                   


Application Forms  Application Forms 
Download permit application forms and instructions for water rights, transfers, leases, and loans. Note: these are not online forms. They must be printed, completed and mailed to the Department.
Water Well Owner's Handbook
This booklet provides general information about groundwater, water wells, well construction, protection of groundwater, well operation and maintenance, and well abandonment in Oregon.
 Sample Water Management Plan  
Reports/Publications/Order Form
Reports such as the Sample Water Management Plan can be downloaded and reviewed. A partial listing of Department reports is shown. Some reports are not available electronically.
Information Sheets
These information bulletins currently cover water law, agency organization, data tools and online information.
   Landowner’s Do It Yourself Guide to Water Well Construction
This information is primarily for individuals who wish to construct their own water well. This guide has information about the Landowner Well Permit process, finding water, well placement, estimating water needs obtaining water rights and definitions for common well terms.
 News Releases News Releases 
Access Governor's Office Newsroom.

The State Water Related Permits Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide a comprehensive, yet simple reference for regulatory and nonregulatory programs that influence permitting of projects in wetlands and waterways.


A Guide to Oregon Permits

A Guide to Oregon Permits issued by State & Federal Agencies 

 Published by Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, this guide was developed to provide assistance in the regulatory process as it relates to state and federal permits. The focus is on watershed restoration activities.


Pump Test Requirements 

Pump test requirements for groundwater 
right holders.