In 1982, OWRC issued an order reducing the amount of water that could be diverted by the Grants Pass Irrigation District by approximately one-half of the district's historical diversion.
There has been at least one documented instance where OWRC has declined to allow additional use of water beyond the adjudicated duty.
In contrast, in 1994, OWRC issued a temporary permit allowing the Grants Pass Irrigation District (GPID), in southwestern Oregon, to continue its historic, inefficient diversion that exceeded the adjudicated rate and duty.
200) According to OWRC, the program draws a "clear distinction between conservation programs designed to encourage voluntary efforts to improve water use efficiency and enforcement programs targeted toward waste reduction.
During the 1995-97 biennium, OWRC proposes first to work with "local and statewide interests to develop agreements on reasonable expectations of efficient water use practices on a sub-basin level.
It remains unclear whether OWRC and OWRD are truly committed to eliminating wasteful use.
On June 3, 1994, OWRC authorized its staff to initiate rulemaking to ensure protection for threatened and endangered fish species below the Bonneville Dam.
OWRC defended the seasonal limitation of the rule, citing a "general agreement among biologists" that flows need to be augmented for fish runs only from April 15 to September 30.
108) OWRC is a governor-appointed, seven-member commission that establishes policies for the operation of its staff, the Oregon Water Resources Department
On July 17, 1992, OWRC directed its staff to delay processing most new water use applications upstream of Bonneville Dam pending development of a strategy to respond to a listing.
As of March 1996, OWRC is also initiating statewide rulemaking for sensitive, threatened, and endangered fish stocks.
132) See OWRC Summary, supra note 118, at Response 3.