Environmental Quality Commission

405th regular meeting of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

Madras: Sept. 26-27, 2019
Please note: Thursday is a joint meeting with the Oregon Board of Agriculture. All items presented on Thursday are informational.

Audio files for the Thursday discussions are available through the Oregon Board of Agriculture's meeting page, under the Sept. 25-27, 2019, meeting of the Board

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Meeting location: The Inn at Cross Keys Station
    • 66 NW Cedar Street, Madras

Meeting open and welcome
​The chairs of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission and Board of Agriculture will open the meeting with an overview of the day's joint meeting agenda.

Directors and staff from ODA and DEQ will present on the roles and responsibilities of their respective agencies to protect, maintain and enhance Oregon's water quality.

Topics for presentation and discussion are expected to include:
  • Attaining and protecting beneficial uses so Oregon's waters are fishable, swimmable and drinkable
  • Ensuring all entities are doing their parts to meet the collective water quality planning, monitoring, reporting and regulating delegated to DEQ through the federal Clean Water Act
  • Update on Oregon's 2018 Integrated Report
  • The roles of other entities, including state and federal agencies, as implementers of DEQ's regulations
  • ODA's Agricultural Water Quality Management Plans, and how they provide the roadmap for agricultural entities to do their part of meet state water quality goals

Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program
Staff from DEQ and ODA will present an overview of the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program, evaluation of its successes since 2016 and next steps for a partnership in the Deschutes Basin.

​Attendees will recess for lunch from approximately 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. No business will be conducted at lunch.

Deschutes Basin water management issues
​​Presenters from a variety of state, local and Tribal agencies and entities will co-present on issues regarding water quality in the Deschutes Basin, in preparation for an afternoon tour for the board and commission members.

Topics for the presentation and discussion are expected to include:
  • Spotted frog protections and water management
  • Implications for irrigation
  • Steelhead reintroduction
  • Temperature control and related water quality challenges, including at Lake Billy Chinook

​Tour: Pelton Round Butte Dam and Symons Beef Company
Commission and board members, along with staff from DEQ, ODA and partner agencies, will tour two facilities near Madras from approximately 2 to 5 p.m.

Thursday's meeting is scheduled to adjourn at approximately 5 p.m., following the tour. Commissioners, board members and some staff from DEQ and ODA will gather on Thursday evening for a social dinner. No business will be conducted at the dinner.

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Meeting location: Jefferson County Library, Rodriguez Annex (2nd floor)
    • 134 SE E Street, Madras

The commissioners will take action on the proposed draft minutes from the July 18-19, 2019, regular EQC meeting.

DEQ will present proposed temporary rule amendments for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, to maintain program alignment with 2019 Legislative direction.
DEQ will present a proposed fee increase for certain Water Quality Division program permits.

DEQ will present information on the processes used by the agency to evaluate, approve or deny requests for permit modification requests in the Air, Land and Water Quality Division permitting programs.

Item E, Public forum
The commission will open an opportunity for public comment, both in-person and by toll-free conference line, at approximately 10:15 a.m. This item is scheduled to last approximately 45 minutes; however, all times are subject to change based on commission needs.

Each person wishing to present comment is asked to limit their comments to three minutes or less.
  • Toll-free call in line: 800-230-1074

DEQ and agency partners will co-present an update about the proposed changes to the Total Dissolved Gas water quality standard for the Columbia River. DEQ intends to bring the final proposed revision for commission action at the Nov. 14-15, 2019, EQC meeting.

DEQ will present updates on the Willamette Basin TMDL for mercury, under development for agency issuance in late 2019.

​For item G, a "listen-in line" will be open throughought the entire item for the public to listen to the staff presentation, starting at approximately 11:45 a.m. This same toll-free telephone line will be available for people to present comment after the end of the staff presentation. The comment section of this item is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. 
  • Toll-free call in line: 800-230-1074​

Comment opportunity for Item G
Following the staff presentation, the commission will accept public comment specific to the discussion of item G, related to TMDL updates. People may present comment in-person or by toll-free telephone conference line, as listed above. Each person wishing to present comment is asked to limit their comments to three minutes or less.

Working lunch and executive session
The commission will recess the public meeting from approximately 1 to 2:15 p.m. During that recess, the commissioners, DEQ staff and Oregon Department of Justice staff will meet for an executive session over a working lunch. This executive session is held under the authority of ORS 192.660(2)(f) and (h).

Item H, Action item: Contested case hearing
The commission will review and take action on a contested case hearing related to alleged hazardous waste violations for which DEQ issued an enforcement action and civil penalty.
Director Whitman will provide written and verbal updates on state, federal and other environmental activities of interest for the commissioners. 

Commissioners will provide verbal updates on their recent EQC-related activities and other items of interest for the commissioners and agency.


The commission will adjourn at approximately 4:30 p.m. 


For questions about the commission please contact Stephanie Caldera , or call 503-229-5301

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