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Department Information Sheets
Managing Oregon´s Water Resources (PDF 137 KB)
This is a very broad overview of how the Department and Commission manage Oregon´s water through policy, law, and management practices.
Oregon Water Law (PDF 282 KB)
This document explains the essentials of Oregon´s water laws including the Oregon Water Code and prior appropriation.
Online Information (PDF 115 KB)
This handout discusses the Department´s online data bases and what kinds of data are available for download or query.
Data Information (PDF 262 KB)
This information handout emphasizes the ways the Department offers data and information to the public for use in water management.
Water in Oregon: Education Handout (PDF 219 KB)
This handout is aimed at K-6 students. It highlights the fundamentals of sharing water in Oregon, how it is used, and why it is important.
Types of Water Use Authorizations (PDF 147 KB)
This document highlights the six major types of water use authorizations: Permits, Certificates, Decreed Rights, Registations, Limited Licenses, and Exempt Uses.
Surface Water Data Collection (PDF 355 KB)
This document explains surface water data collection in the state or Oregon.
These information documents are distributed in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  PDF´s can be downloaded, viewed, and printed using the free Adobe software.  Click the image below to download the software.



For more information about the Department, visit our publications website.