OAR 690-025-0020

Notwithstanding OAR 690-008-001, the following definitions apply to OAR 690-0025-0020 to OAR 690-0025-0040, unless the context requires otherwise:
(1) “Determined claim” means a claim for surface water as provided in the Amended and Corrected Findings of Fact and Order of Determination issued on February 28, 2014, and subject to regulation pursuant to ORS 539.170 (Division of water pending hearing).
(2) “Existing rights of record” means authorized groundwater uses, determined claims, groundwater registrations, and surface water rights.
(3) “Groundwater registration” means an unadjudicated claim to use groundwater as provided in ORS 537.605 (Registration of right to appropriate ground water claimed under ORS 537.585 or 537.595) that is registered with the Oregon Water Resources Department.
(4) “Groundwater reservoir” or “aquifer” means a body of groundwater having boundaries which may be ascertained or reasonably inferred that yields quantities of water to wells or surface water sufficient for appropriation under an existing right of record.
(5) “Groundwater use authorization” means use of water authorized by a permit, certificate or groundwater registration.
(6) “Hydraulically connected” means water can move between or among groundwater reservoirs and surface water.
(7) “Upper Klamath Basin” means the area above and around Upper Klamath Lake that encompasses all water sources that are tributary to Upper Klamath Lake, including groundwater, the Wood River, Williamson River and Sprague River and their tributaries and the Klamath Marsh and its tributaries.
(8) “Surface water right” means certificated and permitted water rights, and determined claims, the source of which is surface water, including springs, streams, and rivers.
(9) “Well” or “wells” means a well as defined in ORS 537.515 (Definitions for ORS 537.505 to 537.795 and 537.992)(9) that is located in the Upper Klamath Basin and is used to beneficially withdraw water for authorized groundwater uses including domestic, stock, irrigation, industrial, municipal, and aquifer storage and recovery uses.
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 690-025-0020’s source at or​.us