Oregon is divided into 38 Management Areas, each having its own Area Plan that identifies local water quality issues and strategies to prevent and control water pollution. Each Area Plan is accompanied by regulations (Area Rules) that contain requirements that agricultural landowners must meet.
ODA worked with Local Advisory Committees (LACs) consisting of farmers, ranchers, and other interests to develop the Area Plans and Rules. ODA meets with the LACs at least every two years to review the Area Plans and Rules and make necessary changes.
Consistent with legislative direction, ODA developed Intergovernmental Agreements with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to assist with plan development and implementation, provide staff support to LACs, and conduct outreach, education, and technical assistance about the Area Plans and Rules. The regulations apply to agricultural activities on all agricultural and rural lands.
Definitions pertaining to basin rules Oregon Administrative Rules 603-095-0010 through 603-095-0040.