Oregon Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water and wastewater permits: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-045-0005 to 340-045-0080

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Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): OAR 603-074-0005 to 603-074-0080

Permit fees: OAR 603-074-0020

Agricultural water quality management program (AWQMP): OAR 603-090 and OAR 603-095

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Natural Resources Division

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division

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. 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, including permitting authority for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The state uses both the federal definition of CAFOs and includes additional facilities and operations in its definition. See the national section AG WASTE for more information on the federal permitting program.

In Oregon, NPDES permits are required for facilities that discharge pollutants to surface waters and include both state and federal requirements.

Administration and enforcement. In Oregon, ODA's Natural Resources Division has primary responsibility for administering the state's wastewater permitting program for CAFOs.

State Requirements


To obtain more information about discharges from an outlet or point source, see the state section NPDES PERMIT. Oregon also regulates agricultural operations when they use or store pesticides or ...

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