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    Oregon's natural resources
    The natural resource programs at the Oregon Department of Agricullture are dedicated to protecting and improving Oregon's natural beauty, with clean air and clean water for future generations, while ensuring the viability of our many important agricultural commodities. This is accomplished by implementing watershed based management plans, preventing water pollution from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), coordinating the efforts of the state Soil and Water Conservation Commission (SWCC), providing administrative oversight and financial support to Oregon's 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), administering the smoke management and research programs, addressing land use issues relative to farmland, and managing shellfish plat leasing in the state estuaries. Program efforts focus on assisting landowners and operators with conservation and economic decisions that conserve, protect, and develop Oregon's natural resources.
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Pilot Focus Areas Summary

In the 2011-2013 Biennium, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Soil and Water Conservation Districts embarked on implementing pilot Focus Area projects to evaluate and document Oregon’s efforts to achieve the state's goals for protecting and improving water quality. Please see the attached summary report for the 2011-2013 results.​

Pilot Focus Areas Summary​  (1.9M)

Oregon Agricultural Water Quality Report September 2012
Oregon’s Agricultural Water Quality Management Program (AgWQMP) is administered by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Along with Oregon’s Forest Practices Act and other nonpoint source water quality programs, as well as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s permitting programs for point sources, the AgWQMP is a key part of the state’s strategy for improving the condition of our waters.
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Demonstrating Area Plan Effectiveness through Focused Efforts
In response to feedback from our partners and stakeholders, ODA has developed the following document to further describe the proposed concept of demonstrating effectiveness of implementing the Agricultural Water Quality Management Act.
Seasonal Climate Forecast
Seasonal Climate Forecast
The Seasonal Climate Forecast is provided by the courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Meteorologist Pete Parsons.
How to request public records
public records
We will make public records available, at cost, upon request. Find out more information about the public records request process.
Do you have a water quality complaint or concern?
Information received from Oregon's concerned citizens is vital to our efforts to protect the environment. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is charged with the investigation of agricultural situations that would cause pollution of public waterways. If you have a water quality concern, please contact the Natural Resources Policy Area at 503-986-4700, or mail in the completed form below.