Douglas MacDougal

Doug MacDougal has over 30 years of experience in water rights, natural resources, and real estate law.

His water-related experience includes representing clients in water rights, permitting and regulatory matters, and natural resource policy issues. Doug has been lead counsel on a number of complex water negotiations in Oregon water basins, involving federal, tribal, environmental, and private party interests. He has substantial experience in contested water cases involving water right transfers, stream and groundwater hydrology, and native rights, and has been involved in the ongoing Klamath Adjudication. He frequently consults on individual, basin, and watershed issues involving water rights, the Clean Water Act, endangered species, dams, and hydropower operations. He also has been heavily engaged in various ESA Section 7 consultations, and has undertaken a variety of due diligence assignments involving water, natural resource, and real estate issues in large multi-party transactions. His work emphasizes representation of ports, irrigation water users, ranches, and municipalities.

Doug often plays a lead role in multidisciplinary projects including consultants, lawyers, and other parties. He is skilled in resolving difficult issues and experienced in finding pathways to solutions and, using his technical science background, able to understand and comment on scientific reports related to client projects.

Doug is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is named one of “Portland’s Best Lawyers” in water law by Portland Monthly.

Representative Experience

  • Represented large hydropower client in Klamath Basin Adjudication and contests to tribal instream flow rights on the Klamath River and Upper Klamath Lake in the Klamath Adjudication. Worked on a successful settlement of that controversy.
  • Represent three larger Irrigation Districts in southern Oregon in a multiyear Endangered Species Act consultation on a large Bureau of Reclamation project.
  • Represented national conservation organization in the settlement on more than 25,000 acres of land in separate case involving the Sycan Marsh and the Williamson River Delta in the Klamath Basin Adjudication. Worked with tribal and United States interests in settling claims in that multiyear effort.
  • Recently concluded informal consultations with federal and state resource agencies on developing a fisheries plan to protect bull trout, a listed species, and other resources in the Upper Hood River Basin.
  • Represent a large ranch in eastern Oregon dealing with regulatory issues and prior appropriation conflicts among water users.
  • Represented the Oregon Coast municipality in fending off a contest by another municipality in the development of its wellfield critically needed for its future growth.
  • Represented a port on the Columbia River in the development of its Water Management and Conservation Plan and water permit extension.
  • Undertook water and natural resource due diligence for a large west coast bank in the financing of tens of thousands of acres of farmland in Eastern Oregon.
  • Obtained a significant water right and NPDES permit for a Port on the Columbia River for industrial development.

Contact Douglas MacDougal

Marten Law
1001 SW 5th Ave
Suite 1500
Portland, Oregon  97204
Phone: (503) 241-2656
Fax: (503) 243-2202


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Oregon

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