Appropriation of Water Generally

ORS 537.880

  • log requirement
  • reporting


The activity of drilling geotechnical holes is declared to be an activity affecting the public welfare, health and safety. In order to enable this state to protect the welfare, health and safety of its citizens, any person that drills a geotechnical hole shall keep a log of each geotechnical hole that is drilled and submit a report to the Water Resources Commission within 30 days after the completion of the drilling.


This section applies to geotechnical holes that are:


Greater than 18 feet deep;


Within 50 feet of a water supply or a monitoring well;


Used to determine water quality and open less than 72 hours; or


Drilled in an area known or reasonably suspected to be contaminated. [2009 c.767 §2]
Chapter 537

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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