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Water Resources Department: Agency Subdivisions

The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Water Resources Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Water Resources Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Director’s Office

Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite A, Salem 97301

Phone: 503-986-0910

Contact: Tom Byler


Duties and Responsibilities: The Director’s Office develops and supervises policies and programs to ensure that water management practices follow Oregon Water Law, oversees implementation of the State’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy and serves as the principal contact with the Legislature and stakeholder groups. In addition, the Water Resources Development Program provides funding and technical assistance to help individuals and communities meet their water needs.

 

Water Resources Commission
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite A, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0900
Contact: Cindy Smith, Commission Assistant
Statutory Authority: ORS 536.022


Duties and Responsibilities: The seven-member Water Resources Commission oversees department activities and sets policy consistent with state law.


Field Services Division
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite A, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0847
Contact: Ivan Gall, Administrator


Duties and Responsibilities: The Field Services Division carries out the department’s mission by enforcing the state’s water laws and implementing the Water Resources Commission’s policies in the field. The division has sole responsibility for the regulation of water uses based upon the water rights of record. Staff also inspects wells for protection of the groundwater resource, inspects dams for the protection of the public and collects streamflow and groundwater data for use by staff and the public.


Water Right Services Division
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite A, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0819
Contact: Dwight French, Administrator


Duties and Responsibilities: With some exceptions, in order to use water in Oregon, one must obtain a water right. The Water Right Services Division is responsible for the processing of water right permits to meet a variety of needs, including agriculture, drinking water, fish, wildlife, recreation and industry. In addition, the division processes other water right transactions that allow water right holders to change how their existing rights are used, including changes involving the transfer or lease of water instream. The division also adjudicates water right claims that pre-date the 1909 water code, as well as federal and tribal rights.

Groundwater Advisory Committee
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite A, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0900
Contact: Justin Iverson, Department Liaison; Garry Zollman, Chair
Statutory Authority: ORS 536.090

 

Duties and Responsibilities: The Groundwater Advisory Committee’s nine members, appointed by the Water Resources Commission, represent a range of interests and expertise. The committee, established by the Legislature in 1977, advises the commission and WRD on rules, legislation and groundwater public policy and the licensing of well constructors, and reviews proposed expenditure of revenues generated from start card fees collected by WRD prior to a well construction.

Klamath River Basin Compact
Address: 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls 97603
Phone: 541-973-4431
Contact: Chrysten Lambert, Chair, Klamath Falls, federal government representative; Tom Byler, Oregon representative; Curtis Anderson, California representative
Statutory Authority: 542.610


Duties and Responsibilities: Members of the Klamath River Basin Compact facilitate inter-governmental cooperation in development and proper use of the water resources of the Klamath River Basin.

Western States Water Council
Address: 682 E Vine St., Suite 202, Murray, UT 84107
Phone: 801-685-2555
Web: www.westernstateswater.org
Contact: Tony Willardson, Executive Director; Tom Byler, Oregon Executive Committee Member


Duties and Responsibilities: Created in 1965, the Western States Water Council facilitates cooperation among western states in the conservation, development and management of water resources. The council consists of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

 

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