Water Quality Programs

Groundwater protection in Oregon occurs at the federal, state and local level through various agencies. Oregon administers many groundwater-related Federal programs including the Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

In addition to these federal laws, Oregon has its own laws and regulations relating to groundwater protection. Similarly, local governments may regulate groundwater through local ordinances in addition to assisting state and federal agencies in enforcing groundwater regulations. Groundwater protection can also occur through non-regulatory means such as education, voluntary programs, and local groups.


State regulations

Oregon Groundwater Quality Protection Act of 1989 - The goal of the Oregon Groundwater Quality Protection Act is to prevent contamination of groundwater and to conserve, restore, and maintain Oregon’s groundwater resource for present and future uses.


Federal regulations