ORS 537.248
Requirement to include in reservoir permit date for beginning and completing construction and for perfecting water right; extension


When the Water Resources Department issues a reservoir permit for a new storage project to a county, municipality or district, the department shall include in the permit a date, not more than 10 years after the date the permit is issued, to begin and complete construction of diversion or storage works and to perfect the water right. An application for a reservoir permit under this section shall be subject to the provisions of ORS 537.140 (Application for permit) to 537.211 (Issuance of permit if application approved), except that the applicant need not submit engineering plans and specifications before the permit is issued. However, the applicant may not begin construction of the reservoir until the department approves the engineering plans and specifications.


By order, the Water Resources Director may extend the date for beginning and completing construction and for completing perfection of the use if the applicant shows reasonable diligence and good cause. An extension allowed under this subsection shall not exceed 10 years, but the applicant may request additional extensions.


As used in this section, “district” includes the entities set forth in ORS 198.010 (“District” defined for chapter) and 198.180 (“District” defined for ORS 198.190). [1995 c.473 §2; 1995 c.416 §35a]
Note: 537.248 (Requirement to include in reservoir permit date for beginning and completing construction and for perfecting water right) and 537.249 (Election to have proposed reservation considered as application for permit or rulemaking proceeding) were added to and made a part of 537.140 (Application for permit) to 537.252 (Certificate issued for land not described in permit) by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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Notes of Decisions

Water control district, in applying for water appropriation permit for hydroelectric project, was exempt from licensing provisions of ORS 543.010 to 543.620 and needed only to comply with requirements of this chapter. Steamboaters v. Winchester Water Control Dist., 69 Or App 596, 688 P2d 92 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Reservation to state of “all coal and other minerals” in deed of land by state as reservation of geothermal resources, (1980) Vol 41, p 298

Law Review Citations

11 EL 387 (1981); 16 EL 583, 592 (1986); 28 WLR 285 (1992)

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