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Oregon Water Quality Pesticide Management Plan Approved

On June 2nd, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded their review of and approved the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s “Pesticide Management Plan for Water Quality Protection”. EPA’s approval of the Plan is a landmark in the State’s efforts to proactively protect Oregon’s waters from the potential risk of pesticides that are currently registered and used in Oregon.

The Oregon Pesticide Management Plan represents the collaborative efforts of four state agencies that makeup the interagency Water Quality Pesticide Management Team (WQPMT). As members of the WQPMT, the Departments of Agriculture (ODA), Environmental Quality (DEQ), Forestry (ODF) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) each have specific responsibility for protecting Oregon’s water resources. The WQPMT strives to protect the environment and public drinking water supplies from possible pesticide contamination while recognizing the important role that pesticides have in maintaining a strong state economy, managing natural resources and preventing human diseases.

The Pesticide Management Plan provides a proactive, long-term strategy that addresses the roles, policies and legal authorities of each state agency and the coordination of agency and stakeholder activities for preventing and responding to pesticide detections in Oregon’s ground and surface water resources in both agricultural and non-agricultural (e.g. urban) settings.

Copies of the Pesticide Management Plan can be obtained online:
http://oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/docs/pdf/wqpmtPMP.pdf