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.
|Public domestic water supply||Private domestic water supply|
|Industrial water supply||Irrigation|
|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|