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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Water Quality

Water Quality Permit Program


Blue Ribbon Committee Reports and Recommendations 

Blue Ribbon Committee Reports and Recommendations

In 2001, Oregon had one of the highest backlog rates in the nation for processing/renewing major NPDES individual permits. This was due in large part to increasingly complex permit requirements, more stringent water quality standards, the need to implement Total Maximum Daily Loads and assign more complex waste-load allocations, and a dramatic increase in the number of sources needing permits.

The committee completed recommendations for improving the permitting program in 2004 and issued a report, Blue Ribbon Committee Report on Key Enhancements to the Oregon Wastewater Permitting Program.

Later, in 2005, Senate Bill 45 was introduced by Governor Kulongoski on behalf of DEQ as part of a funding and program improvements package recommended by the Blue Ribbon Committee.

In January 2011, DEQ released Report to the Legislature - Wastewater Permitting Program Improvements and Measures. This report provided an update to the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission and Legislature on DEQ’s progress toward achieving specific wastewater permitting program performance measures identified in the Blue Ribbon Committee’s 2004 recommendations.

Program Improvements

Archived Progress Reports 2006-2013

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