Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
Oregon Department of Water Resources
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Public Health Systems Drinking Water Program
Oregon Division of State Lands (DSL)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the state agency responsible for protecting Oregon's public water for a wide range of uses. DEQ sets water quality standards to protect "beneficial uses" such as recreation, fish habitat, drinking water supplies, and aesthetics. DEQ monitors water quality with regular sampling of more than 50 rivers and streams in the 18 designated river basins found in Oregon.
DEQ regulates approximately 550 municipal wastewater sewage treatment plants and 2,600 industrial dischargers through permits that set limits on pollutants discharged. DEQ also permits and inspects septic ...