Or. Admin. R. 141-090-0015 - Policy

(1) It is the policy of the State of Oregon that the protection, conservation and best use of the water resources of this state are matters of the utmost public concern (ORS 196.805) and that the state use a single definition of wetlands and a single, uniform methodology of delineating wetland boundaries (ORS 196.672).
(2) In accord with these policies the Department shall, to the greatest extent possible:
(a) Provide a clear process for making, modifying or reissuing jurisdictional determinations, including wetland boundary delineations;
(b) Make jurisdictional determinations using the best available science, technical guidance and documents;
(c) Use sound professional judgment in interpreting maps, aerial photographs, environmental data and other relevant documents;
(d) Provide jurisdictional determinations that improve the level of regulatory certainty for landowners and developers and that help ensure that fill or removal of material in waters of this state does not occur without a required removal or fill permit; and
(e) Encourage landowners and developers to utilize wetland delineation reports at the earliest stage of site development planning in order to incorporate measures to avoid and minimize impacts to wetlands and other waters and thus prevent unnecessary regulatory delays.
(3) Because wetlands and other waters of this state can be affected over time by both natural changes and human activities, jurisdictional determinations are not valid for an indefinite period of time.
(4) The Director of the Department of State Lands shall designate employees responsible for making jurisdictional determinations as described in these rules.
(5) Final authority for determining the adequacy of the procedures, methods, application of technical documents, interpretation and analysis of maps and data, and conclusions regarding the identification of waters of this state and jurisdictional determinations rests with the Department except as described in Oregon Laws 2012, c. 108, ¦ 2, and except when the Department's determination is reviewed by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Notes

Or. Admin. R. 141-090-0015
DSL 3-2001, f. 4-18-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; DSL 1-2004, f. & cert. ef. 5-21-04; DSL 6-2007, f. 12-13-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; DSL 6-2012, f. 12-13-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

Stat. Auth.: ORS 196.845 & 196.692

Stats. Implemented: 196.800 - 196.990, 196.600 - 196.665, 196.668 - 96.692 & 197.279

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