Or. Admin. R. 690-504-0100 - Application Process to Store Reserved Water
(1) Reservations of water for economic development are established pursuant to ORS 537.249 and 537.356 to ensure sufficient surface water will be available in the future to meet expected needs. Economic development includes, but is not limited to, the production of goods and services and management of natural resources which contribute economic benefits through both instream and out-of-stream uses of water.
(2) "Multipurpose reservoir," as used in OAR 690-504-0100 through 0160, means a reservoir storing water to serve multiple potential beneficial uses such as, but not limited to irrigation, commercial, agriculture, power development, municipal, recreation, and flow augmentation for instream purposes.
(3) Reservations of water for future economic development in OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160 reserve surface water for future storage in multipurpose reservoirs. The storage of up to 2,000 acre-feet of water for livestock or domestic purposes authorized under water rights with priority dates after November 6, 1992, shall be exempt from regulation for storage of water reserved under OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160.
(4) Permits to store reserved water shall receive the priority date of the reservation. The priority date for reservations under OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160 shall be November 6, 1992.
(5) In addition to the requirements of ORS Chapter 537, OAR Chapter 690, Division 310, and any other applicable rules, an application for a permit to store reserved water shall include:
(a) An assessment of the effect of the proposed reservoir on fish and wildlife developed after consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife;
(b) An assessment of the effect of the proposed reservoir on water quality developed after consultation with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality;
(c) Documentation of consultation with any affected Indian Tribe(s), including the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation.
(d) An analysis of water supply alternatives to the proposed reservoir, such as off-stream storage, water right transfers and implementation of conservation measures; and
(e) An analysis summarizing and describing how the proposed project will enhance instream values, including but not limited to instream flows.
(6) For the purposes of review of water right permit applications to store reserved water under OAR Chapter 690, Division 310, the reserved quantities of water listed in OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160 are available for appropriation. However, the determination that water is available under OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160 shall not substitute for consideration during the public interest review of site-specific information as required under OAR chapter 690, division 310 and any other applicable statutes or rules. Because the finding that water is available in OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160 is a water availability determination for a sub-basin, analysis of water availability at the specific location shall be conducted at the time of permit application review.
(7) In addition to any other findings required for issuance of a reservoir permit under OAR 690, Division 310 and applicable rules, and prior to issuance of a permit for a proposed project storing water reserved under 690-504-0110 through 0160, the Department shall also find:
(a) The proposed reservoir is consistent with the purpose of the reservation following consultation with the Department of Agriculture and other state agencies;
(b) The proposed reservoir will enhance instream values; including but not limited to instream flows; and
(c) Whether minimum bypass flow are required.
(8) The Department shall determine, and impose as a condition, an appropriate storage season, and shall include other conditions to ensure no injury to senior water rights and to protect instream values.
(9) Progress Reports: Until the Department has issued permits for multipurpose reservoirs for the full quantity of reserved water under OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160, the Department shall biennially report to the Water Resources Commission on the amount of water available under the reservation, and the quantity allocated under the reservation. The Department or Commission may require periodic reports from the Oregon Department of Agriculture on continued interest in the reservation, efforts undertaken to develop the reservation, and any challenges to developing the reservation.
(10) Effective date of rules:
(a) OAR 690-504-0110 through 0160 shall be effective until October 17, 2036, unless the effective date has been extended by further rulemaking of the Water Resources Commission.
(b) The expiration of these reservation rules shall not affect pending applications that have been received and deemed complete and not defective by the Water Resources Department pursuant to ORS 537.150(2), prior to the expiration date of the rules.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 536 & 537
Stats. Implemented: ORS 536.310, 537.249, 537.356 & 537.358
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