Oregon Water Resources Department

Rule Rule 690-310-0040
Application Requirements


(1)(a) Each application for a permit to appropriate water shall be made to the Department on a form prescribed by the Department and shall set forth:

(A)

The name and mailing address of the applicant(s);

(B)

The source(s) of water from which the water is proposed to be diverted or appropriated, including the name and mailing address of any owner of the land upon which the source of the water supply is located;

(C)

The amount of water to be appropriated from each source;

(D)

A map of the proposed water use as set forth in the mapping requirements in OAR 690-310-0050 (Map to Accompany Application for Water Use Permit);

(E)

The nature of the proposed use(s);

(F)

The name and mailing address of the owner of any lands that are not owned by the applicant and that are crossed by the proposed ditch, canal or other work even if the applicant has obtained written authorization or an easement from the owner.

(G)

A statement declaring the existence of written authorization or an easement permitting access to land crossed by the proposed ditch, canal or other work. This requirement shall not apply to applications for irrigation or domestic use where the applicant would occupy state-owned submersible lands for the construction, maintenance, and operation of any structure or facility necessary for the use of water;

(H)

Proposed dates for the beginning of construction, completion of construction, and complete application of the water to the proposed beneficial use;

(I)

The legal description of:

(i)

The property from which the water is to be diverted;

(ii)

Any property crossed by the proposed ditch, canal or other work; and

(iii)

Any property on which the water is to be used as depicted on the map.

(J)

A description, including drawings if required by the Department, of the proposed means of diversion, construction, and operation of the diversion works and conveyance of the appropriated waters;

(K)

Information the applicant has that describes why the amount of water requested is needed, measures the applicant proposes to prevent waste, to measure the amount of water diverted, to prevent damage to aquatic life and riparian habitat, to prevent the discharge of contaminated water to a surface stream and measures the applicant proposes to prevent damage to public uses of affected surface waters;

(L)

Land use information as outlined in the Department’s Land Use Planning Procedures Guide described in OAR 690-005-0035 (Compatibility with Acknowledged Comprehensive Plans)(4) or a receipt signed and dated by a local government official acknowledging the land use information request was received by the local planning Department;

(M)

Signature of the applicant(s), and, if the applicant is a public agency, corporation or business, the title or authority of the person who signs the application on behalf of the entity;

(N)

An oath that the information contained in the application is true and accurate;

(O)

The estimated capacity of each pump in gallons per minute, and the horsepower of each pump motor;

(P)

All other data concerning the proposed project and the applicant’s ability and intention to construct the project, as the Department considers necessary;

(Q)

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

(R)

If the requested water use is supplemental to an existing water use, identification of any application for a permit, permit, certificate or adjudicated right to appropriate water made or held by the applicant that is primary to the supplemental use.

(b)

If the application is for a permit to appropriate ground water, in addition to the information required under subsection (a) of this section, the application shall contain:

(A)

For any well already constructed, a copy of the well constructor’s log, if available. If a well log is not available, or if the well is not already constructed, the proposed total depth, depth of casing and seal, and the anticipated perforation and open intervals;

(B)

The horizontal distance for each proposed point of ground water appropriation to the nearest surface water, if less than one mile, and the difference in land surface elevation between them;

(C)

If the ground water is to be used for irrigation purposes, a description of the lands to be irrigated, giving the number of acres to be irrigated in each 40-acre legal subdivision;

(D)

The depth to the water table, if known;

(E)

The location of each well with reference to government survey corners or monuments or corners of recorded plats;

(F)

The estimated capacity of each well;

(G)

If the ground water does not require pumping, the rate of flow in gallons in such manner as the Commission may prescribe.

(c)

If the application is to store water and to construct a reservoir, or multiple reservoirs on a single contiguous property on the same stream system, the application also shall include or be accompanied by:

(A)

Preliminary plans, specifications and supporting information for the dam and impoundment area including dam height, width, crest width and surface area;

(B)

Proposed dates for the beginning and completion of construction of the reservoir, the date the water will be stored and put to beneficial use and the uses to be made of the impounded water;

(C)

A legal description of the property upon which the water is to be stored;

(D)

A map of the proposed place of use prepared by a certified water right examiner in accordance with OAR 690-014-0150 unless the application is to construct a reservoir storing less than 9.2 acre-feet of water or with a dam less than 10 feet in height, in which case the map need not be prepared by a certified water right examiner.

(d)

If the application is to appropriate stored surface water, the application also shall include or be accompanied by documentary evidence that:

(A)

The applicant has provided notice of the application to the operator of the reservoir, if other than the applicant. This requirement may be satisfied by providing a copy of written notice to the operator of the reservoir, or a notarized affidavit signed by the applicant stating that notice has been provided to the operator of the reservoir;

(B)

An agreement has been entered into with the owner of the reservoir to provide enough water for the purposes set forth in the application. If the applicant is the reservoir owner, no such agreement is required. If the application is made under the expedited review process for applications to use stored water under OAR 690-340-0060 (Expedited Review Process for Applications to Use Stored Water Exclusively), the agreement may be submitted at any time prior to permit issuance; and

(C)

An agreement has been entered into with any entity delivering the stored water other than the applicant. If the application is made under the expedited review process for applications to use stored water under OAR 690-340-0060 (Expedited Review Process for Applications to Use Stored Water Exclusively), the agreement may be submitted at any time prior to permit issuance.

(e)

If for agricultural purposes, in addition to any other information required, the application shall give the legal subdivisions of the land and the acreage to be irrigated, as near as may be;

(f)

Except as otherwise provided in OAR 690, division 51, if for power purposes, in addition to any other information required, the application shall give the nature of the works by means of which the power is to be developed, the head and amount of water to be utilized, and the uses to which the power is to be applied;

(g)

If for municipal or quasi-municipal water supply, in addition to any other information required, the application shall give the already installed and available capacities to provide water service, present population to be served, and, as near as may be, the future requirements of the population served, and if known, the methods that may be used to meet such future requirements;

(h)

If for mining purposes, in addition to any other information required, the application shall give the nature of the mines to be served, and the methods of supplying and utilizing the water.

(2)

Each application for a permit to appropriate water shall be accompanied by the examination fee set forth in ORS 536.050 (Fees).

(3)

If the proposed use of the water is for operation of a chemical process mine as defined in ORS 517.953 (Policy), the applicant shall provide the information required under this section as part of the consolidated application under ORS 517.952 (Definitions for ORS 517.952 to 517.989) to 517.987 (Reclamation bond or security).

(4)

If the department determines that the source of a proposed use of water is in or above a scenic waterway, in addition to any other information required, the applicant shall provide the information required under OAR 690-310-0260 (Water Rights Within or Above State Scenic Waterways).
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