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DEQ's Water Quality Division

The Water Quality Program's mission is to protect and improve Oregon's water quality. Protecting Oregon's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater quality keeps these waters safe for a multitude of beneficial uses such as drinking water, fish habitat, recreation and irrigation. This is accomplished by developing and implementing water quality standards and clean water plans, regulating sewage treatment systems and industrial dischargers, collecting and evaluating water quality data, providing grants and technical assistance to reduce nonpoint pollution sources, and providing loans to communities to build treatment facilities. The program includes four program-specific sections at DEQ Headquarters, water quality sections in three regions, and two monitoring sections at DEQ's laboratory.

Water Quality vision

The Water Quality 2035 Vision and Strategy describes the program vision and strategic priorities and documents the approach that led to its development. The Water Quality 2035 Vision and Strategy includes an overarching program vision as well as vision statements for six sub-program areas and interim goals to help keep the program on track toward achieving the 2035 vision. It also identifies key strategic priorities to achieve the interim and long-term goals. Appendix B is the detailed five-year work plans that identify short-term work needs for each sub-program to achieve progress towards the program’s goals.

Water Quality Programs at DEQ

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