The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share a new practical guide to water rights in Oregon for use and reference by land trusts and other conservation organizations. Written by three attorneys with COLT’s Pro Bono Attorney program, the white paper provides a comprehensive and relevant introduction to key aspects of water law in Oregon, specifically as they relate to the work of land trusts in the state.
The three authors have been involved in the intricate realm of Oregon water law for much of their respective professional careers, volunteer for COLT’s pro bono program, and have presented at past Oregon Conservation Law Forums:
COLT is grateful to these attorneys and our pro bono program for drafting this guide to water rights. COLT hopes this will help elevate the importance of, and ability to navigate, water rights for land trusts. As the preface states, “Where water is necessary to support conservation goals, the land trust should proactively review available water rights and negotiate the purchase or use of water rights as part of conservation transactions. This guide intends to provide an Oregon land trust with the information necessary to allow it to address water rights as part of conservation transactions.”
As needed, the report will be improved upon. We will keep the latest version on this webpage.