Administrative Order No. DEQ 15-2015Filed and effective Dec. 10, 2015See Oregon Bulletin - January 2016
Courtney Brown, 503-229-6839
DEQ is revising its internal management directive and developing new rules for water quality trading. The rules and policy revisions will strengthen DEQ’s water quality trading program and provide clarity and regulatory certainty for both stakeholders and DEQ staff. DEQ will ask the Oregon Environmental Commission to approve the proposed rules at its December 2015 meeting.
Water quality trading helps pollution sources achieve the Clean Water Act’s required objectives. Trading can also benefit water quality and habitat across a watershed.
Water quality trading provides National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit holders a way to meet pollutant reduction requirements in a holistic, watershed approach. This may result in greater benefits to water quality and fish and wildlife habitat than can be realized through traditional end-of-pipe compliance approaches.
There is currently no state or federal water quality trading regulatory framework in Oregon. This has caused uncertainty and confusion about permit and Clean Water Act compliance. Regulatory certainty is necessary to implement trades that meet or exceed projected outcomes from DEQ water quality programs that do not use trading. This policy revision and rulemaking aims to create the required regulatory certainty.
Policy Forum 5July 14, 2015
Meeting SummaryBackground Materials:
Early Draft Revised Internal Management Directive - for discussion purposes at the July 14, 2015 policy forum
Fiscal Impact Statement
Internal Management Directive Overview
Water Quality Trading Hypothetical Case Study
Optional Field Trip Info: MWMC Mill Race Riparian Shade Project Fact Sheet
Revised Draft Water Quality Trading Rules – for discussion purposes
Participant Comments on Revised Draft Water Quality Trading Rules (submitted by May 22, 2015):
The Freshwater Trust
ODA Streamside Vegetation Guidelines PowerPointRevised Baseline Language PowerPointMay 14th Discussion Draft Rule PowerPoint
Water Quality Trading Note: Are Credits There When They Are Needed?
Water Quality Trading Note: How Do We Know That Credits Are Real?
Credits draft rule language
WP MiniForum presentation
Policy Forum 2 Jan. 29, 2015
Policy Forum 1 Dec. 4, 2014
Meeting held Dec. 10, 2015Staff Report - Item MResolution: Adopted Rules Minutes