Oregon Statutes - Chapter 545 - Irrigation Districts - Section 545.359 - Contracts with federal government for flood control works.

(1) When the board of directors of any irrigation district determines that it is for the best interest of the district that the floodwaters of any stream that enters upon the district or whose waters are used in the irrigating of any of the lands in the district be controlled, the board may enter into a contract with the United States Government, or any of its agencies which may be empowered to construct flood works. The contract shall require the irrigation district:

(a) To provide without cost to the United States all lands, easements and rights of way necessary for such control project or works.

(b) To hold and save harmless the United States or any of its agencies or officers from loss or damage by reason of the construction of the flood control project and works.

(c) To maintain and operate all the works after construction in accordance with any regulations prescribed by the United States or its agencies or officers.

(2) The contract shall not be binding upon the district until it has been approved by the legal voters of the district as provided by ORS 545.511 and 545.513 (1). When the contract has been so executed and approved the board shall carry out fully the provisions of the contract. [Formerly 545.178]

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