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Proposal for a New Medium Confined Beef Feedlot CAFO in Area 6

Notice of Public Participation Opportunity

Notice issued: March 5, 2014
Written comments due: 5 p.m., April 9, 2014

What is proposed?

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is proposing to issue a registration to the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit #01-2009 for a Medium Confined beef feedlot with a maximum number of 900 beef cattle. Riverside Ranch Cattle LLC, MA# 995020, is owned and operated by Justin Jacobs and is located at 2456 Hwy 20, Vale, Oregon in Malheur County.

The CAFO NPDES General Permit #01-2009 regulates the manure, litter, and process waste water generated by CAFOs to ensure that CAFO activities do not harm water quality.

For more information on this CAFO, see the application to register (ATR), Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS), and Animal Waste Management Plan (AWMP) Summary for Riverside Ranch Cattle LLC.

How can I get more information?
The CAFO NPDES Permit #01-2009 and the Notice of Public Participation Opportunity can be found online at:

You can review the updated AWMP at the Salem office of ODA, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, or in the Bend field office located at 475 NE Bellevue Drive Suite 110, Bend, OR 97701. If you wish to review the AWMP, please call (503) 986-4699 to schedule a review appointment.

Opportunity for public hearing
ODA will schedule and conduct a hearing on written request from at least ten (10) people, or from an organization or organizations representing at least to (10) people. ODA will provide at least 30 days advance notice of the hearing, if one is requested. If a hearing is held, the records will remain open for additional written comments for at least seven (7) days after the hearing.

Where can I send comments?
ODA accepts comments by mail, fax, or e-mail. Please send comments to:

William Matthews​
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4792
Fax: 503-986-4730
E-mail: wmatthews@oda.state.or.us

​What happens next?
ODA will review and consider all comments received during the comment period. Following this review, ODA may proceed as proposed, request that modifications be made to the updated AWMP, or not approve the AWMP.

Accessibility information
ODA is committed to accommodating people with disabilities at our hearings. Please notify ODA of any special physical or language accommodations, or if you need information in large print, Braille, or another format. To make these arrangements, contact ODA at 503-986-4700.