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The Water Resources Commission is responsible for devising plans and integrated and coordinated programs for the use of the water resources of this state. To inform these plans and programs, the Commission is directed to study existing water resources, the means and methods of conserving and augmenting such water resources, the existing and contemplated needs and uses of water for balanced multiple uses, and all other related subjects regarding the use and distribution of water.
As defined in OAR 690-500, basin programs are administrative rules which establish water management policies and objectives and which govern the appropriation and use of the surface and ground water within each of the respective basins. The rules classify surface and ground waters according to the uses which are permitted, may establish preferences among uses, may withdraw surface and groundwater from further appropriation, may reserve waters for specified future uses, and may establish minimum perennial streamflows. These rules are in addition to rules with statewide applicability which govern the allocation and use of water.
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