Stormwater Management Program
Run-off from highways can be a source of pollutants that degrades the quality of Oregon’s water resources. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is committed to ensuring a sustainable future for Oregon and is working diligently to protect and improve Oregon’s water resources. Together with State and Federal Regulatory and Resource agencies, ODOT has developed tools, policies and procedures that are reducing pollutants and their negative impacts on water quality and hydrology. |
ODOT has been actively managing highway runoff for water quality since 1977, when the first engineered water quality treatment facility was constructed. Since then, over 180 engineered water quality facilities and numerous non-engineered facilities have been built. Much remains to be done. As our understanding of the impact of non-point source pollution has increased, both expectations and techniques for stormwater treatment have evolved. ODOT has actively worked with state and federal resource and regulatory agencies to formulate stormwater management goals and identify effective treatment strategies.
Both policy and regulations have provided impetus to ODOT’s stormwater management program. ODOT’s mission statement and values specifically call for protecting and enhancing the environment. This is in line with the Governor’s Sustainability Initiative. On the regulatory side, the most important laws affecting stormwater quality are the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. In addition, Oregon Statutes and Administrative Rules set water quality standards.
Water Resources Program Coordinator