Notice of Petition and Invitation for Public Comment
On October 5, Stand Up to Factory Farms coalition submitted a petition for the Oregon Water Resources Commission to conduct rulemaking. The Oregon Water Resources Department is inviting public comment on the petition and the rule as proposed by the petitioners. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on November 12, 2020.
Click here for more information and instructions on how to comment.
OWRD Presenting at 2020 Water Law Conference
OWRD Director Tom Byler will be presenting at this year's Water Law Conference. The Water Law Conference will provide an update on recent water-related legislative and administrative developments, along with discussions of the key issues driving water policy. Practitioners from a wide array of viewpoints will address complex water supply and management challenges in several of Oregon's watersheds, along with other recent decisions involving water distribution, water access, storage permits, and hydropower licensing.
Click here to read the brochure or visit
TSGregistration.net/6063 to register.
Offices Closed to the Public; Staff Available via Phone or Email
On March 23, 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, "Stay Home, Save Lives," which included requirements for state agencies to maximize teleworking and limit walk-in services to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Oregon Water Resources Department is working to maintain services, while encouraging customers and staff to stay home, stay healthy, and save lives. Our offices are closed to the public, but we continue to work and many of our staff can be reached by email or phone. A summary of the Department's current operations in support of these efforts is included below.
Click to view the OWRD COVID-19 operations summary.