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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


 
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

 
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
 
 
 
2011 Oregon Water Laws 
  
            Volume I: Oregon Water Laws 
            July 2012 (PDF 1.5MB) 
  
            Volume II: Oregon Laws Relating to Water Users' Organizations 
            July 2012 (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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