(1) As used in this section, “person holding a water right, certificate or permit” means a person that:
(a) Holds a water right established by court decree;
(b) Holds a water right certificate or a water right for which proof of beneficial
use has been approved by the Water Resources Director or the Water Resources Commission;
(c) Is applying for or holds a permit issued under ORS 537.211 for use of water for an in-stream purpose; or
(d) Holds a permit issued under ORS 537.135 for recharging ground water within the Umatilla Basin.
(2) A person holding a water right, certificate or permit may apply to the commission
for permission to use stored, surface or ground water from another source in exchange
for supplying replacement water in an equal amount to satisfy prior appropriations
from the other source, if:
(a) The source of the person's appropriation is at times insufficient to fully satisfy
(b) Better conservation and use of the waters of the state can be accomplished; or
(c) The person can develop water for appropriation under the permit for use of water
for an in-stream purpose or the permit for recharging ground water, but cannot economically
convey the water to its point of use.
(3) A person may apply for an exchange under this section among any combination of
surface, storage or ground water rights.
(4) An application for exchange shall be accompanied by:
(a) Any map, plan or other information required by the commission;
(c) If the application for exchange is by a person that holds a permit issued under
ORS 537.135 for recharging ground water within the Umatilla Basin, evidence satisfactory to the
director that the exchange will result in no net loss of flow in the Umatilla River.
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