River Rights legislation is currently being drafted in the Oregon State Senate. At the time of statehood, Oregonians were given rights to use any navigable waterway, as well as the submerged and submersible land along it, for any legal activity.
Common Waters of Oregon says the Oregon Senate committee Environment & Natural Resources will hear river rights legislation SB 1060 this Thursday February 4th, at 1pm. It’s very important that they receive public input on this matter. It’s a very very short legislative session and in the course of a two hour meeting in Salem, much can change.
It’s not a perfect bill, and it needs some shaping from the river user community. Common Waters has a page set up to help you mail your Senators to make sure this bill includes Common Waters’ amendments and will support river users. You can find out more about SB 1060 and find your legislator here.