Water Rights Examiner
Certified Water Rights Examiner (CWRE)

Certified Water Right Examiner or "CWRE" means any individual certified by OSBEELS to collect and report data and conduct surveys to describe the extent of appropriation for Claims of Beneficial Use, and also to prepare maps for transfer applications. ~Oregon Water Resources Department


Armstrong Surveying & Engineering, Inc. specializes in water right services. Our Certified Water Right Examiner offers everything from the most basic to the most advanced water rights examiner techniques. Some of our most popular areas of expertise include:


  • Water Right Transfers

Transfers provide a method to change the point of diversion or appropriation, the place of use, or the beneficial use of the right from that for which the right was originally issued.


  • Water Right Mapping

The OWRD has been mapping water rights in a geographic information system (GIS) since 1990.


  • Water Right Final Proofs

With the final proof survey map and water-use report, the Department will determine if the permit holder has met the conditions of the permit.


  • Claims of Beneficial Use

Claims of Beneficial Use submitted to the Department must be completed by a Certified Water Rights Examiner (CWRE)


  • Water Right Permits

Use of surface water in the state of Oregon requires a water right permit. Water rights are granted on a "first come—first served" basis. As there is a limited amount of water in any stream, there are limits to the amount of water which can be permitted for use.


  • Ground Water Permits

By law, every new well in the state that diverts ground water must have a well permit.


  • Surface Water Permits

The use of surface water in Oregon is regulated through a system of water rights.


  • Pond or Lake Water Permits

The use of pond or lake water in Oregon is regulated through a system of water rights.


  • Point of Diversion Changes

An individual may request a change in the point of diversion so long as the request is completed by a Certified Water Rights Examiner (CWRE).





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