Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Division 54 Rulemaking
Conversion of a Hydroelectric Water Right to an Instream Water Right
The Department is seeking public comment on proposed rules (OAR Chapter 690 Division 54). The Department will accept written public comments through 5:00 PM on September 1, 2021. A videoconference hearing is also scheduled on August 23, 2021 for members of the public to submit oral comments. For more information please see: Division 54 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Drought Conditions and Assistance
Drought conditions are emerging in some areas. Find information about conditions, impacts, and assistance on our
drought page or
report your dry well here.
Water Right Transaction Fees Increased
Consistent with the passage of HB 2142, most water right transaction fees were increased effective July 1, 2021. Access a list of
water right transaction fees or utilize the Department's
updated fee calculators that can help applicants determine the correct fees for an application.
Wildfire Recovery Information
The Department has developed a wildfire recovery web page with information regarding water rights, well maintenance, and potential funding assistance.
Learn more at Wildfire Recovery.
For other resources,
Offices Closed to the Public; Staff Available via Phone or Email
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our offices are closed to the public, but we continue to work and our staff
can be reached by email or phone.Click to view the OWRD COVID-19 operations summary.