Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ 8-2017
Filed and effective July 18, 2017
View Oregon Bulletin Sept. 1, 2017

Aron Borok, 503-229-5050

Outstanding Resource Waters are high quality waters that constitute an outstanding state resource due to their extraordinary water quality or ecological values, or where special protection is needed to maintain critical habitat areas. The Environmental Quality Commission adopted Oregon’s ORW policy, part of the state’s antidegradation policy, in 1991 and may be found at OAR 340-041-0004(8). To date, no waters have been designated ORWs in Oregon.

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DEQ has appointed an advisory committee to provide input on shaping the rules necessary to implement this designation.
  • Advisory Committee Roster
Meeting 2
Dec. 1, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m.
Southwestern Oregon community College
Room 138 A and B
96082 Lone Ranch Parkway
Brookings, OR 97415
Meeting Materials
Meeting call-in number: 888-278-0296
Participant code: 8040259

Meeting 1
Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 - 1 - 5 p.m.
Douglas County Fire Protective Association
1758 NE Airport Road
Roseburg, OR 97470
Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. DEQ publishes meeting notices on Events calendar page. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to Hearing impaired persons may call 711.


P​ublic Involvement

View comment
C​omment period closed 4 p.m., Feb. ​28, 2017​.

View the public notice packet

Includes invitation to comment, notice, proposed rules, and any supporting documents.

EQC action

The EQC adopted the proposed rules on July 11, 2017