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Waldo and Crater Lakes Outstanding Resource Waters 2020

Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ-4-2021 
Filed and effective: Jan. 25, 2021 
See Oregon Bulletin, February 2021

In response to a citizen petition, the Environmental Quality Commission adopted rules and policies designating Waldo and Crater lakes as Outstanding Resource Waters. 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 law authorizes the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt administrative rules and policies to designate and protect these waters. OAR 340-041-0004(8). 

​​DEQ has appointed an advisory committee to assist DEQ in drafting rules through which DEQ will designate Waldo and Crater Lakes as Outstanding Resource Waters.


Meeting 2 - June 16, 2020


Meeting 1 - May 27, 2020

Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. The public may attend the meeting, but the committee has discretion whether to allow the public to participate in the meeting. The public will be able to comment on the proposed rule changes during the public notice and comment period later in the rulemaking. DEQ publishes meeting notices on Events Calendar . 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.

Public involvement

Public hearing

A public hearing was held Aug. 18, 2020

EQC action

The Environmental Quality Commission adopted these rules at its meeting on Jan. 21, 2021.