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Division 10 Rulemaking

Division 10 governs the Department’s process for designating a critical groundwater area (CGWA). The Division 10 rules are currently out-of-date and inconsistent with the processes outlined in statute (ORS 537.730 to 547.742). The Department is undertaking rulemaking to conform the rules to statute and provide a framework for implementing future CGWA designations. The proposed amendments to the rules will not create basin or sub-basin specific CGWAs, limit groundwater appropriation, or implement corrective control provisions. Once the Division 10 rules are in place, future designations of basin or sub-basin specific CGWAs will require a separate rulemaking process conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Division.  

​Secretary of State website (to view statutes)
Proposed Draft Rules​ 
Rulemaking Fact Sheet​​​​​​​​​​​

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (including Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact)

Update 9/22/2023: The public comment period has been extended to September 25, 2023 until 5 p.m.​​

If you wish to make a public comment please contact Kelly Meinz:
Phone Number: 971-718-7087

Division 10 Public Hearing Dates, Times and Locations - meetings are now completed.

Date: April 24, 2023
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Place: Blue Mountain Community College, 311 N Columbia St. Milton-Freewater, OR 97682

Date: April 26, 2023
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Place: Harney County Community Center, 478 N Broadway Ave, Burns, OR 97720  

Date: May 4, 2023
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Place: Klamath County Event Center, 3531 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Date: May 8, 2023
Time: 3–5 p.m.
Place: Oregon Department of State Lands, 775 Summer ST NE #100, Salem, OR 97301
This meeting was a hybrid meeting hosted on Zoom and in person. ​