Oregon Water Resources Department

Rule Rule 690-340-0030
Limited License


A request for a limited license shall be submitted on a form provided by the Water Resources Department, and shall be accompanied by the following:


The fee for examination and recording:


$1150 for a limited license filing requesting the use of water for Aquifer Storage and Recovery testing purposes.


$575 for renewal of a limited license for Aquifer Storage and Recovery testing purposes.


$575 for modification of a limited license for Aquifer Storage and Recovery testing purposes.


$1150 for a limited license filing requesting the use of water for Artificial Groundwater Recharge purposes.


For limited license applications, $280 for the first point of diversion plus $30 for each additional point of diversion; and


A completed water availability statement from the local watermaster on forms provided by the department; and


A site map of reproducible quality, drawn to a standard, even scale of not less than 2 inches = 1 mile, showing:


The locations of all proposed points of diversion referenced by coordinates or by bearing and distance to the nearest established or projected public land survey corner;


The general course of the source for the proposed use, if applicable;


Other topographical features such as roads, streams, railroads, etc., which may be helpful in locating the diversion points in the field.


The Director shall provide notice of the request to the public in the same manner as other water use applications, but may approve the license after 14 days from the date of mailing of the weekly public notice, upon a finding that the proposed water use will not impair or be detrimental to the public interest.


Each limited license shall be limited to an area within a single drainage basin.


Except for a licensee using water under a limited license issued in conjunction with an enforcement order, the licensee shall give notice to the watermaster in the district where use is to occur not less than 15 days or more than 60 days in advance of using the water under the limited license. The notice shall include the location of the diversion, the quantity of water to be diverted and the intended use and place of use.


The licensee shall maintain a record of use, including the total number of hours of pumping, an estimate of the total quantity pumped, and the categories of beneficial use to which the water is applied. The record of use shall be submitted to the watermaster upon request.


The Director may revoke the right to use water for any reason described in ORS 537.143 (Limited license to use or store surface or ground water or to use stored water)(2). Such revocation may be prompted by field regulatory activities or by any other reason.


A limited license does not receive a priority date and is not protected under ORS 540.045 (Watermaster duties).

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