Oregon Water Resources Department

Rule Rule 690-086-0220
Agricultural Water Supplier Water Management and Conservation Plans: General Provisions


(1) Certain agricultural water suppliers must have approved conservation plans to transfer water rights within the boundaries of the districts to other land within the districts (ORS 540.572 (Application of certificated water elsewhere within district) to 540.578 (Filing of protest)). These rules provide the standards for those conservation plans.
(2) Each agricultural water supplier required to submit a water management and conservation plan shall exercise diligence in implementing the approved plan and shall update and resubmit a plan consistent with the requirements of OAR 690, division 86 as prescribed during plan approval.
(3) Any agricultural water supplier participating in the water transfer provisions in ORS 540.572 (Application of certificated water elsewhere within district) to 540.578 (Filing of protest) and OAR 690-385-5000 (District Permanent Transfer of Water Right for Nonuse Criteria) to 690-385-5900 (Time Period to Process Permanent Transfer Application Exempt from Forfeiture) shall submit an annual report describing progress-to-date in implementing a water management and conservation plan.
(4) Water management and conservation plans submitted by agricultural water suppliers shall meet the requirements listed in OAR 690-086-0225 (Agricultural Water Supplier Plan Elements) to 690-086-0270 (Agricultural Water Supply Element).
(5) A water conservation plan prepared in accordance with criteria of the Bureau of Reclamation and substantially meeting the requirements of OAR 690-086-0225 (Agricultural Water Supplier Plan Elements) to 690-086-0270 (Agricultural Water Supply Element) may be submitted to meet the requirements of these rules.
(6) At least 30 days prior to submitting a draft plan to the Department, an agricultural water supplier shall make the draft plan available for review by each affected local government.
(7) Each agricultural water supplier preparing a water management and conservation plan is encouraged to develop and implement a program to involve the supplier’s patrons in the preparation of the plan. Recommendations include making the plan available for public inspection and conducting public meetings to provide information and gather input on the plan.
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