OAR 690-077-0020
State Agency Instream Water Right Applications: Application Requirements


Only ODFW, DEQ and Parks are authorized to submit applications to the Department to establish instream water rights. Applications may be submitted at any time.


To promote coordination, ODFW, DEQ and Parks shall notify each other of the proposed applications prior to submittal to the Department. The applying agency should notify the other agencies of its intent to develop an instream water right application on a specified stream or lake. Notice should be given as early as possible and the other agencies should respond as soon as possible if they would like to incorporate the public uses each is responsible for into the application.


After October 28, 1989, all applications for instream water rights shall be based on methods of determining instream flow needs that have been approved by administrative rule of the agencies submitting the applications.


Applications to establish instream water rights shall be submitted in writing and shall include the following:


The name(s) and address(es) of the agency(ies) applying;


The public uses to be served by the requested instream water right and the flows necessary to support the public uses;


Stream or lake name;


If a stream, the reach delineated by river mile and stream to which it is tributary;


The appropriate section of a Department basin map with the applicable lake or stream reach identified;


The instream flow requested by month and year in cubic feet per second or acre-feet or lake elevation;


A description of the technical data and methods used to determine the requested amounts;


Evidence of notification of other qualified applicant agencies;


If a multi-agency request, the amounts and times requested for each category of public use;


Identification of affected local governments (pursuant to OAR 690-077-0010 (Definitions)) and copies of letters notifying each affected local government of the intent to file the instream water right application;


Written documentation of how the agency applying for an instream water right has complied with the requirements contained in its own administrative rules for instream water rights, including application of the required methods to determine the requested flows.


Any other information required in the application form that is necessary to evaluate the application in accordance with applicable statutory requirements.


The applicant is encouraged to propose:


A means and location for measuring the instream water right;


The strategy and responsibility for monitoring flows for the instream right; and


Any provisions needed for managing the water right to protect the public uses.


Any request for an instream water right to be supplied from stored water shall refer to the reservoir for a supply of water and shall show by documentary evidence that an agreement has been entered into with the owners of the reservoir for a sufficient interest in the reservoir to impound enough water for the purposes set forth in the request.


Within 60 days after the Department proceeds with the application under OAR 690-077-0031 (Application Processing: Public Notice and Comments), the Department shall complete the application review and issue a proposed final order approving or denying the application or approving the application with modifications or conditions. Within the 60-day period, the Department may request the applicant to provide additional information needed to complete the review. If the Department requests additional information, the request shall be specific and shall be sent to the applicant by registered mail. The Department shall specify a date by which the information must be returned, which shall be not less than 10 days after the Department mails the request to the applicant. If the Department does not receive the information or a request for a time extension under 690-077-0052 (Application Processing: Time Requirements)(2) by the date specified in the request, the Department may reject the application. The time period specified by the Department in a request for additional information shall allow the Department to comply with the 60-day time limit established by this Section.

Source: Rule 690-077-0020 — State Agency Instream Water Right Applications: Application Requirements, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=690-077-0020.

General Statements
State Agency Instream Water Right Applications: Process for Instream Water Right Certificate Requests
State Agency Instream Water Right Applications: Application Requirements
Application Processing: Completeness Review
Application Processing: Initial Review
Application Processing: Public Notice and Comments
Application Processing: Public Interest Presumption
Application Processing: Public Interest Review
Application Processing: Proposed Final Order
Application Processing: Protests and Standing
Application Processing: Determination to Hold a Contested Case Hearing
Application Processing: Final Orders
Application Processing: Final Public Interest Determination
Application Processing: Statement of Findings
Application Processing: Contested Case Hearing on Final Order
Application Processing: Time Requirements
Application Processing: Issuance of Instream Water Right Certificate
Conversion of Minimum Perennial Streamflows to Instream Water Rights
Disposition of Minimum Perennial Stream-flows
Instream Transfers and Leases: General Provisions
Application for Instream Transfer
Processing an Instream Transfer Application
Application for an Instream Lease
Processing an Instream Lease Application
Split Season Use Instream Leasing
Miscellaneous Provisions: Cancellation or Waiving of an Instream Water Right
Miscellaneous Provisions: Drought Emergency Provisions
Miscellaneous Provisions: Precedence of Future Uses
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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