The Water Quality
Program's mission is to protect and improve Oregon's water quality.
Protecting Oregon's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater quality keeps
these waters safe for a multitude of beneficial uses such as drinking
water, fish habitat, recreation and irrigation. This is accomplished by
developing and implementing water quality standards and clean water
plans, regulating sewage treatment systems and industrial dischargers,
collecting and evaluating water quality data, providing grants and
technical assistance to reduce non-point pollution sources, and
providing loans to communities to build treatment facilities.
program includes four program-specific sections at DEQ Headquarters,
water quality sections in three regions, and two monitoring sections at