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 other types of NPDES permit reporting. 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)

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 Two-Hour, Hands On NetDMR Training
    DEQ is hosting two, 2-hour sessions at our regional offices. Jason Rodriguez of EPA Region 10 will walk you through how to log in to a NetDMR account, find your permit and fill out an electronic discharge monitoring report. We will be using sample accounts and permits so an account in NetDMR or notice from DEQ that your permit is ready for electronic DMR reporting is not required. Each session is open to 17 students. The morning session is 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and the afternoon one is 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Training at DEQ Bend Regional Office – Oct. 19, 2017
    • Training at DEQ Eugene Region Office - Nov. 16, 2017
    • Contact DEQ at NetDMRSupport@deq.state.or.us to sign up for a session.

Online training is available any time. Visit EPA’s NetDMR Support website for more information.


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.

For more information 

Guidance Documents for Oregon NetDMR Users

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