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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

Water-Related Bills Enacted by the 2008 Legislature
Water-Related Bills Enacted by the 2007 Legislature
Water-Related Bills Enacted by the 2005 Legislature
Water-Related Bills Enacted by the 2003 Legislature
Oregon Revised Statutes
2013 Oregon Water Laws 
            Volume I: Oregon Water Laws 
            July 2014 (PDF 1.5MB) 
            Volume II: Oregon Laws Relating to Water Users' Organizations 
            July 2014 (PDF 758KB)
2009 Legislative Session
Oregon's 75th Legislative Assembly adjourned on June 29, 2009. Click below for Water Resources' budget and legislative summary.
Access Budget and Legislative Summary

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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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