Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oregon is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for additional information.
The water temperature and other water quality standards are controlled under the state's NPDES program and state Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) permit. See the national section THERMAL DISCHARGES for additional guidance.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's criteria for thermal discharges and other water quality standards.
The federal Clean Water Act requires each state to designate the beneficial uses of water and develop water quality standards that, when achieved, will protect those uses. Examples of beneficial uses include fish propagation, irrigation, and drinking water. States have ...