Columbia River Water Use Compliance
Unauthorized water use denies water to those who hold legal water rights and limits the amount of water available for economic development and sustaining a healthy environment. Part of OCR’s mission is to ensure that water is allocated and used fairly and legally. To accomplish this, OCR hired a watermaster to investigate possible unauthorized use along the Columbia River.
Watermasters employ a multi-tiered approach to bringing unauthorized water use into compliance. Formal enforcement actions are the last, and least used, step. They are only employed when all of the other steps fail to bring the water user into compliance.
Columbia River Compliance Issues
OCR’s Watermaster continues to work with certain water users whose water use is, or appears to be, out of compliance. Most of these entities have temporary solutions in place. Depending on the specifics of each case, further research, technical assistance, permitting, informal enforcement actions, and formal enforcement proceedings may be, or are being, pursued.
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