Water Resources Department Records Guide

Record Series Descriptions

Tumalo Irrigation District Litigation Records

6 cubic feet
Arrangement: Unarranged

Series documents the Tumalo Irrigation District generally and related legal actions and litigation specifically. Many of the records document the purchase of land by the district for reservoirs and canals and similar uses. Related records document the cancellation of Desert Land Board contracts with individuals who had abandoned land.

Other records consist of historical background files related to the Smith vs. Oregon Department of Water Resources and Tumalo Irrigation District circuit court case. The case concerned issues related to the federal Carey Act of 1894, designed to encourage state sponsored irrigation projects on public lands.

Records include court documents, correspondence, memoranda, contracts, maps, reports, notes, tables, charts, attorney general opinions, and related items.

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