Introduction to Water Law

OREGON WATER CODE – FOUR FUNDAMENTAL PROVISIONS:
♦  BENEFICIAL PURPOSE WITHOUT WASTE – Surface or groundwater may be legally diverted for use only if it is used for a beneficial purpose without waste.
♦  PRIORITY – The Water Right priority date determines who gets water in a time of shortage.
♦  APPURTENANCY – A Water Right is attached to the land described in the right, as long as the water is used.
♦  MUST BE USED – Once established, a Water Right must be used as provided in the right at least once every 5 years, after 5 consecutive years of non-use, the right is considered forfeited and is subject to cancellation.
For more information, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/owrd/PUBS/docs/aquabook2013.pdf