Oregon Nonpoint Source Pollution (14-OR-a)
These programs include the management or regulation of: forestry, agriculture, grazing, transportation, recreation, hydromodification, marinas, urban development, land use planning, fish and wildlife habitat, riparian and wetlands protection/restoration, public education, water resources, and other activities that affect the quality of the state’s waters.(See Oregon DEQ NPS Website)
Nonpoint Source Pollution Process
14-OR-a.1 - Will Developer Use an Onsite Disposal System?
If the developer plans on using an onsite disposal system, like a septic tank, the developer must proceed through Oregon's Onsite Wastewater Management Process.
14-OR-a.2 - Initiate Onsite Wastewater Management Process
14-OR-a.3 - Is the Project Located Within the Coastal Zone?
Oregon’s federally approved Coastal Zone encompasses almost all watersheds that drain to the Pacific Ocean.
It extends from the Washington border on the north to the California border on the south, seaward to the extent of state jurisdiction as recognized by federal law (the Territorial Sea, which extends three nautical miles offshore), and inland to the crest of the coastal mountain range except to the downstream end of Puget Island on the Columbia River, to Scottsburg on the Umpqua River, and to Agness on the Rogue River.
14-OR-a.4 - Contact Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for Basin, Land Use, and TMDL Information
Oregon's NPS program is implemented by land use in order to address water quality issues on agricultural lands; state, private, or federal forest lands; or in urban areas. The goal of the NPS program has been broadened to safeguard groundwater resources as well as surface water. The state has been divided into 21 watershed basins and 91 sub-basins. The state’s NPDES permitting, assessment, and TMDL work has been aligned and prioritized according to these sub-basins. Forty-three (43) local, state, and federal regulatory and non-regulatory programs address nonpoint source control and treatment.
Oregon’s NPS water pollution control program is implemented under the State Environmental Quality Commission, relies on the federal Clean Water Act; the state’s water quality standards, the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) rule and other rules and regulations that control both NPS and stormwater pollution; the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) Section 6217 Coastal NPS Control Program; the National Estuary Program; the Forest Practices Act; the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds; the Agricultural Water Quality Act; the State Land Use Planning Program, specifically Goal 5 (protection of riparian and wetlands) and Goal 6 (protection of air, water and land resources); and drinking water and groundwater protection programs.
(See Oregon DEQ NPS Website)
Contact the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
14-OR-a.5 - Contact Oregon Coastal Management Program for NPS Standards and Technical Assistance
The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) provides substantial financial and technical assistance to coastal local governments for planning, capacity building, and special projects. The OCMP coordinates and integrates programs of local, state, and federal agencies to support local planning and to protect and restore coastal natural resources. The OCMP also reviews state and federal permits to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal program requirements.
Contact the Oregon Coastal Management Program
14-OR-a.6 - Comply with Local NPS Standards
Another cornerstone of Oregon's nonpoint source program is to identify solutions at the local community level. Watershed Councils, Soil and Water Conservation and Irrigation Districts, Cities and Counties all play an important part in the state’s strategy.
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