Nonpoint Source Pollution
Oregon Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan
Oregon NPS Plan
The 2014 Final Oregon Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan describes the federal and statutory basis of the Program. Oregon’s NPS Plan describes goals, priorities, objectives and strategies for preventing, controlling and eliminating pollution of Oregon’s waters from nonpoint sources. A nonpoint source of pollution is any pollution entering a water body that does not come directly from a pipe. Nonpoint pollution can occur when rainfall and snowmelt flows off land used for agriculture, forestry, rural and urban residences, as well as roads, buildings and other features of the landscape. This diffuse runoff can carry pollutants into drainage ditches, lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, bays, aquifers and other waters of the state.
The Oregon Nonpoint Source Plan includes measures needed to meet federal and
state surface and groundwater water quality standards, and
established Total Maximum Daily Load allocations for water bodies
designated as water quality limited on the state’s 303(d) list of
impaired waters. One of Oregon’s primary goals is to strengthen its
working partnerships and linkages to appropriate state, interstate,
tribal, regional and local entities (including conservation
districts), private sector groups, citizens groups, and federal
agencies. The NPS Plan identifies the needed collaboration,
coordination, and communication for its implementation to address
NPS pollution. Annual milestones proposed in the Oregon NPS
Plan are meant to be general enough to accommodate long-term Nonpoint Source Management Program planning goals while being specific enough
for the state to track progress and for EPA to determine
satisfactory progress in accordance with Section 319 of the federal
Clean Water Act. The Oregon NPS Plan annual milestones are tracked
and reported in required annual reports to EPA.
Newly Updated: 2014
Final Oregon Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan.
For more information, contact DEQ by phone, 503-229-6850, or toll-free in Oregon 800-452-4011, ext. 6850
For more information on Oregon's Nonpoint Source Program, contact Don Yon by phone at 503-229-6850 or by email.