GRANT COUNTY WATERMASTER
201 S HUMBOLT, BOX 180
CANYON CITY, OR, 97820
PH: 541-575-0119 FX: 541-575-0641
 
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WatermasterThe District 4 Watermaster's Office serves the the Upper John Day Basin including the upper main stem of the John Day River to Kimberly, Oregon as well as the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork of the John Day River and tributaries.

The office is located in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse and open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

Eric W. Julsrud, Watermaster
Hailey D. Boethin, Assistant Watermaster

WATER MEASUREMENT

Water measurements are generally described using rate and volume. When applying for a permit to use water, an applicant is required to submit all measurements in one of the following terms:

When referring to a rate to be diverted, the terms commonly used are cubic feet per second (cfs) or gallons per minute (gpm). When discussing volumes of water, such as amount applied to land, reservoir storage capacity, or yearly consumption, the term used is acrefeet (af). Applications for water use specify the appropriate measurement to use when providing information to the Department.

See the Water Rights in Oregon Handbook for a complete introduction to Oregon's water code and appropriation laws.
OWRDTHE WATER CODE

Under Oregon law, all water is publicly owned. With some exceptions, cities, farmers, factory owners, and other water users must obtain a permit or water right from the Water Resources Department to use water from any sourceó whether it is underground, or from lakes or streams. Generally speaking, landowners with water flowing past, through, or under their property do not automatically have the right to use that water without a permit from the Department.

PRIOR APPROPRIATION

Oregonís water laws are based on the principle of prior appropriation. This means the first person to obtain a water right on a stream is the last to be shut off in times of low streamflows. In water-short times, the water right holder with the oldest date of priority can demand the water specified in their water right regardless of the needs of junior users. If there is a surplus beyond the needs of the senior right holder, the water right holder with the next oldest priority date can take as much as necessary to satisfy needs under their right and so on down the line until there is no surplus or until all rights are satisfied. The date of application for a permit to use water usually becomes the priority date of the right.

PREFERENCE

Generally, Oregon law does not provide a preference for one kind of use over another. If there is a conflict between users, the date of priority determines who may use the available water. If the rights in conflict have the same date of priority, then the law indicates domestic use and livestock watering have preference over other uses. However, if a drought is declared by the Governor, the Department can give preference to stock watering and household consumptive purposes, regardless of the priority dates.

See the Water Rights in Oregon Handbook for a complete introduction to Oregon's water code and appropriation laws.
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