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Water-Related Bills Enacted in 2007

HB 2097

Extends split season leasing
Extends sunset through 2014 on split use leasing of in-stream water right under certain circumstances during same water or calendar year (ORS 537.348).  Effective January 1, 2008. 

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HB 2098

Commission may extend irrigation season
Modifies ORS 537.385 to clarify that the Commission may extend irrigation seasons by rule rather than by order.  Effective January 1, 2008.                
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HB 2099

Refund protest fee
Amends ORS 536.050 to refund all or a portion of the protest fee to water right holders who successfully rebut a claim of forfeiture under ORS 540.641.  Effective January 1, 2008                

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HB 2100

Fire fighting training water use
Amends exempt uses to provide for non-emergency fire fighting training.        

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HB 2101

Adjusting fees
Adjusts certain statutorily established fees under ORS 536.050, 537.150(5), and 537.620(5), including certain water right permit and transfer application fees.  Effective July 1, 2007.                
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HB 2785

Expedited Hydroelectric
Creates expedited process for holders of an existing water right certificate to obtain a hydroelectric certificate for generating hydropower when the existing water right is diverted (Chapter 657, 2007 Laws).  Effective January 1, 2008.

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HB 2925

Wave energy projects
Exempts certain wave energy projects from certain provisions relating to hydroelectric projects (Chapter 212, 2007 Laws).  Effective May 30, 2007.                

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HB 5051

Groundwater registration modification fees
Approves specified fees adopted by the Commission related to requests for modifications to ground water registrations.  Effective July 1, 2007                

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SB 88

Well constructors continuing education
Makes permanent statutory provisions for the well constructors continuing education program and Continuing Education Committee that sunset January 2, 2008.  Effective  January 1, 2008             

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SB 89

Pilot project for irrigation district place of use changes
Continues through 2010 a pilot project for certain districts to make annual place of use changes to water rights within their district boundaries without making application for a temporary transfer.  Effective January 1, 2008                

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