Services provided to each of 14 ODOT Districts statewide:
- Work with DEQ to develop, update, modify, and improve ODOT’s statewide permits and management plan to comply with the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act including the NPDES-MS4 permit.
- Technical assistance on drainage maintenance, water treatment, water quality assessment, material management, and DEQ permits
- Leadership of a statewide team that evaluates and updates the Maintenance Yard Environmental Management System
- Leadership of a statewide team that evaluates and updates the Routine Road Management Guide.
- Coordination of ODOT’s SPCC program.
- Membership on technical advisory committees; work with regulators, designers, and environmental staff to increase their understanding of maintenance issues
- Propose and coordinate experimental water quality research projects
- Develop and deliver training programs on water quality and material management
- Develop and implement an illicit discharge investigation program
Water Quality Technician - Shawna Secord: EMS, SPCC, Maintenance Yards
Water Quality Technician - Jeff Moore: Stormwater, Waste Management
Additional Program Information
The Clean Water Act requires owners and operators of municipal public storm sewer systems to possess NPDES permits. These permits direct owners of storm systems to reduce or eliminate stormwater pollutants to the maximum extent practicable and protect the nation’s streams and waterways. ODOT holds a single NPDES MS4 permit issued and regulated by DEQ that covers the operation of all ODOT storm drain systems statewide.
Underground Injection Control systems (UICs) dispose of stormwater or wastewater by distributing it below the ground surface. ODOT installs UICs (sumps or drywells) at ODOT maintenance yards and on ODOT highways where water disposal through piped storm or municipal sewer systems does not exist or where surface water drainage is not possible. OMO is developing management strategies for ODOT UICs located in areas where risks to groundwater are high and working with DEQ to permit all ODOT UIC systems.
The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program was established under the Clean Water Act and is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DEQ. DEQ administers the TMDL program in Oregon. DEQ establishes discharge pollutant limits (or TMDLs) for all Oregon watersheds in an effort to restore and protect the health and function of state rivers and waterways. ODOT has identified sediment as the primary TMDL pollutant associated with ODOT operations and activities.
ODOT has implemented the Routine Road Maintenance: Water Quality and Habitat Guide Best Management Practices (The Guide
) since 1999. The Guide is considered the cornerstone of ODOT’s Office of Maintenance and Operations Environmental Section. ODOT Maintenance crews use the Guide to help minimize impacts to the environment while performing day to day highway maintenance activities and to comply with take provisions described in Limit 10(i) under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Maintenance Yard EMS program
translates regulatory requirements and agency expectations into straightforward best management practices for the storage, handling, and disposal of materials typically associated with the day-to-day management of the highway system. The program was developed and implemented to support the Governor's executive order on sustainability. The EMS Program is ODOT’s Stormwater Management Plan for the Maintenance Yards.
The federal Oil Pollution Prevention Act requires Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans for facilities that have aggregate aboveground storage of more than 1,320 gallons of oil or fuel, if there is a reasonable expectation that a catastrophic spill could reach a waterbody. A description of ODOT’s SPCC program
and copies of current plans are posted on ODOT’s website.