Water rights on private property Clakamus County
I am looking at buying a 5-acre wooded parcel in Colton with Milk Creek running through it. It looks like I could easily excavate a pond site close to the creek with the overflow returning to the stream bed. Great place for water fowl, etc. What are the specific regulations governing such an undertaking? Lynn Irons
Glad to learn of your interest to develop a pond for wildlife.
Depending on the size of the pond, a permitting process may be required. You can inquire on planning ponds and ask about permitting requirements through the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The regional water master with the Oregon Water Resources Dept. can advise you on the technicalities of diverting water flow from a stream to fill a pond..
Bill Ferber, Region Manager
725 Summer St NE, Suite A
Salem, Oregon 97301
Please contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Statewide Watershed Health and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist.
Sea Grant Extension, Oregon State University