Oregon Statutes - Chapter 541 - Watershed Enhancement and Protection; Water Development Projects; Miscellaneous Provisions on Water Rights; Stewardship Agreements - Section 541.515 - Notice by commission when hazard created by release of stored water.

(1) Whenever it appears to the satisfaction of the Water Resources Commission, upon the commissionís own determination or upon evidence submitted by any person that the present or proposed release of stored water from an impoundment or diversion structure, including any water power project, constructed before or after May 1, 1961, results in rapid increase in the stream level below the structure which creates or will create a hazard to human life or property, the commission shall cause written notice of such determination to be mailed to the owner or operator of the structure.

(2) The notice provided for in subsection (1) of this section shall state:

(a) That the present or proposed release of stored water from the impoundment or diversion structure creates or may create an unreasonable hazard to human life or property.

(b) The manner in which such unreasonable hazard to human life or property is or may be created.

(c) The action which is required, in the opinion of the commission, to minimize such unreasonable hazard to human life or property.

(d) That the owner or operator of the impoundment or diversion structure, within 15 days after the mailing of the notice, may request in writing that the commission hold a hearing on such unreasonable hazard or action required to minimize such unreasonable hazard, and that upon failure to request a hearing the commission shall make an order stating the terms, limitations and conditions of the action required to minimize such unreasonable hazard. [1961 c.379 §1; 1985 c.673 §105]

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