Water Quality Permits

EPA’s Electronic Reporting Rule, modernizes reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities that hold National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System – or “NPDES” – permits.
 

The rule requires NPDES permit holders to report information electronically, instead of filing written paper reports. Oregon adopted EPA's two-phased approach, described below:

  • Phase I
    This phase will include Discharge Monitoring Reports and the Sewage/Sludge Biosolids annual program reports.
  • Phase II
    This phase will begin in 2017 and will include General Permit Reports, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Annual Program Reports, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Program Reports, Pretreatment Program Reports, Significant Industrial User Compliance Reports in Municipalities Without Approved Pretreatment Programs, Sewer Overflow/Bypass Event Reports, and CWA 316(b) Annual Reports. These reports will be submitted using EPA’s NeT tool, available through NPDES permittees’ CDX accounts. Electronic reporting of Phase II data groups must be fully implemented by Dec. 21, 2020. Updates on this phase will be available on this web page.

The rule does not change what information is required. It only changes the method by which information is provided: Electronic rather than paper-based.

 

NetDMR: EPA’s eReporting tool for Oregon NPDES permit holders

EPA has developed an electronic, web-based reporting tool for NPDES permit data called NetDMR. NetDMR requires:

  • A computer
  • An internet browser​​
  • High-speed access to the Internet (i.e., DSL, fiber optic)
  • CDX test site
  • CDX production site
    NetDMR can be accessed through the Oregon DEQ instance of the NetDMR program service.

Oregon’s implementation plan

If an NPDES permit holder’s permit is set up in the NetDMR system, they can begin testing now. Please check with DEQ’s NetDMR support staff to determine if your permit has been set up in the system. Some permit holders will receive packets of information from DEQ. These packets will contain specific information about the permit. DEQ staff will help permit holders navigate permit and DMR setup in the NetDMR system.

You can also contact DEQ using our NetDMR Support Line at 503-229-6400.

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After the testing, permit holders will be expected to register in groups by permit classification, and complete registration along with their first electronic submission by the target date specified below:

  • Individual “Major” NPDES Permits: Mar. 15, 2017 - July 31, 2017
  • Individual “Minor” NPDES Permits: TBD
  • General NPDES permits:  TBD
Please Note: Check this web page or contact DEQ at 503-229-6400 for  more information about dates and deadlines for Individual Minor and General permits. When a deadline is set, DEQ will immediately notify the appropriate permit holders.

Use DEQ’s WQ Permits Database to look up a permit and determine if it is classified as an NPDES Major, Minor or General Permit.

 

Training is available

Earn certificates for 0.2 Continuing Education Credits for the following sessions:

  • Free Four-Hour, Hands On NetDMR Training Class
    The DEQ Western Region office is hosting one 4-hour session at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Permittees will learn how to set up their account in CDX, how to connect to their permit in NetDMR, the different types of roles available in NetDMR, how to calculate summary statistics, how to enter summary statistic data and electronically sign a DMR, how to use No Data Indicator (NODI) codes, and how to attach daily data workbooks and special reports to electronic DMRs. The class size is limited to 25, but if more than 25 people sign up, a second session will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Consultants may attend but priority will be given to NPDES permit holders. To sign up, please contact Julie Ulibarri at ulibarri.julie@deq.state.or.us.

Online training is available any time.

 

Guidance Documents for Oregon NetDMR Users

 

Benefits of electronic reporting

The “eReporting” rule and use of EPA’s NetDMR reporting tool will:

  • Save time and resources for permittees, DEQ, EPA and other permitting authorities.
  • Increase data accuracy and reduce potential for submitting errors.
  • Provide greater clarity on who is and who is not in compliance.
  • Enhance transparency by providing a timelier, complete, more accurate, and nationally-consistent set of data about the NPDES program.
  • Provide EPA and DEQ the ability to strategically address the most serious water pollution problems while using limited resources efficiently.
 

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