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How Do We Use Our Water? Let's Count the Ways!

The Oregon Water Resources Department has established a list of beneficial uses for surface waters, including streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. These designated beneficial uses are based on human, fish, and wildlife activities associated with water. The following table lists the designated beneficial uses for streams and rivers within the Umpqua Basin.


Beneficial Uses
Public domestic water supply Private domestic water supply
Industrial water supply Irrigation
Livestock watering Boating
Aesthetic quality Anadromous fish passage
Commercial navigation and transportation Resident fish and aquatic life
Salmonid fish spawning Salmonid fish rearing
Wildlife and hunting Fishing (includes shellfish)
Water contact recreation Hydroelectric power

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