Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)
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 those associated with stormwater discharges and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and pretreatment requirements for industrial users and publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). See the national section NPDES PERMIT and state sections AG WASTE, PRETREATMENT STANDARDS, andSTORMWATER DISCHARGE PERMITS for additional guidance.
Oregon also issues Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) permits for discharges of wastewater with no direct discharge to surface waters, such as land irrigation systems and ...