Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
DEQ Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Similar to federal rules, Oregon includes biological monitoring methods as part of its state wastewater discharge permit program, including state individual and general permits, under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. NPDES permit conditions, including those for bioassays and biomonitoring, must comply with and ensure that the state's water quality standards are protected.
The state has also established ORELAP to ensure that environmental testing laboratories provide reliable results for testing various media, including drinking water, wastewater, waste, and air samples.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. DEQ's Laboratory and ...