OAR 340-041-0004(8) requires that DEQ must classify existing high quality waters that constitute an outstanding resource whose quality must be protected as “Outstanding Resource Waters.” OAR 340-041-0002(44) defines Outstanding Resource Waters as those the Environmental Quality Commission designates as constituting an outstanding state or national resource whose value requires preserving the water quality.
In April 2019, a group petitioned DEQ to initiate a rulemaking to designate Waldo Lake as an Outstanding Resource Water. DEQ has determined it would be beneficial to use the same rulemaking to make the same designation for Crater Lake.
EQC granted this petition at its meeting on July 18, 2019. EQC ordered DEQ to begin rulemaking on these issues.
DEQ has begun working on this rulemaking. DEQ will prepare a written Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which DEQ will publish on its external web page here. DEQ will accept public comments on the proposed rules and will also hold a public hearing. The proposed rules will take effect if EQC votes to adopt them.


Debra Sturdevant, 503-229-6691