Distribution and Storage of Water

ORS 540.355
Inspection, evaluation and assessment of hydraulic structures

Inspection, evaluation and assessment of levees. (1) In lieu of the authority granted to the Water Resources Commission under ORS 540.350 (5), the Water Resources Department may inspect, evaluate and assess the condition of a levee with the permission of the owner of the levee.


In performing the actions under subsection (1) of this section, the department may:


Provide recommendations and technical assistance;


Advise on necessary maintenance and repairs;


Require or assist with the development of emergency action plans to ensure the safety of life and property;


Undertake activities necessary to identify the owner of a levee;


Assist with mapping the locations of levees;


Enter into contracts and intergovernmental agreements;


Accept and receive moneys;


Accept and receive payment for services performed; and


Exchange information and perform other actions as necessary to cooperate with private, local, state and federal entities.


The department’s actions under this section shall not relieve the owners of levees of their legal liabilities and responsibilities.
Note: 540.355 (Inspection, evaluation and assessment of hydraulic structures) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 540 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 540

Law Review Citations

11 EL 390 (1981)


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