Adkins Consulting Engineering, LLC :: Water Rights


Water rights can be complicated… and the application process daunting. That’s why we’ve been assisting cities, farmers, and other entities who are required to obtain a permit or water right from the Oregon Water Resources Department to use water from any source. Adkins has been preparing applications, completing Final Proof Surveys and Claims of Beneficial Use reports for our clients since 1987.

If you want to expedite your water rights transfer or permitting process, you can trust our experienced staff to help you through the process. When the water right is completely applied, or the permit-specified completion date arrives, permit holders must hire a Certified Water Rights Examiner to complete a Final Proof Survey of water use. Permit holders must also submit to the Department a map and report detailing how and where water is being applied. If water has been used according to the provisions of the permit, a Water Right Certificate is issued based upon the report findings. Our Certified Water Rights Examiner staff will make sure everything is done properly and in a timely fashion for your important project.

Adkins supports our clients with the following water rights services:

  • Water rights transfers:  Water Right Transfers are required when a Water Right Certificate holder wants to change the water right. Again, staff experience with transfers and long-standing working relationship with the Oregon Department of Water Resources will expedite your applications.
  • Permit applications:  Adkins assists our clients with all required permitting requirements, ensuring accuracy and complete application materials. We regularly complete Final Proof Surveys, Claims of Beneficial Use, and Water Right Transfers and can help expedite the process for our clients.
  • Final proof survey of water use:  We have a Certified Water Rights Examiner to help clients prepare all requirements needed to obtain a Water Right Certificate.


U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation - Water Rights Adjudication Mapping in the Klamath Basin Area

The Klamath Basin struggles with limited water supplies and increasing demands for water, leading to conflicts between the Upper and Lower Klamath Basins during drought and water shortages. Adkins mapped and verified parcel size of irrigated land as well as other pertinent features that would help with water rights adjudication in the future. The purpose of a water right adjudication is to collect, catalog, and confirm all water rights through the court and verify to which property those water rights belong, binding property owners and all parties to the court’s declaration of those water rights. Adkins’ confirmed mapping data was crucial for the Klamath Basin’s adjudication process.