Oregon Water Resources Department

Rule Rule 690-519-0000
Classifications


(1)

The maximum economic development of this state and the attainment of the highest and best use of the waters of the Columbia River from the Oregon-Washington border near river mile 309 to the confluence with the Pacific Ocean and the attainment of an integrated and coordinated program for the benefit of the state will be furthered through utilization of the aforementioned waters only for instream use for power development, navigation, recreation, wildlife and fish life, and the waters of the Columbia River are hereby so classified with the following exception: The maximum economic development of this state, the attainment of the highest and best use of 30 million acre-feet annually of natural flows of the Columbia River, and the attainment of an integrated and coordinated program for the benefit of the state as a whole will be furthered through utilization of the aforementioned waters only for domestic, livestock, municipal, mining, industrial, agricultural use, irrigation, recreation, power development, pollution abatement, wildlife and fish life uses, and the 30 million acre-feet annually of natural flows of the Columbia River are hereby so classified and reserved for exclusive use within the State of Oregon.

(2)

Applications for the use of water for any purposes contrary to classifications specified in the basin program shall not be accepted or granted except as provided by law. The Director shall notify the Board and other interested individuals or agencies of the intent to accept an application for use in conflict with the adopted program in accordance with ORS 536.380 (Notification to commission of proposed exercise of power involving water resources required) if the proposed use will not have a significant impact on any other water use as provided in OAR 690-519-0000 (Classifications) through 690-519-0050 (Existing Rights).

(3)

The planning, construction and operation of any structures or works for the utilization of water in accordance with the aforementioned classifications are to conform with the applicable provisions of ORS 536.310 (Purposes and policies to be considered in formulating state water resources program), including, but not restricted to, the recommendation of the multiple purpose concept.
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