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Oregon Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships identify potential concerns and improve water quality affected by pesticide use. The partnerships combine local expertise and water quality sampling results to encourage voluntary changes in pesticide use and management practices. Land use within each of the partnerships varies. In some areas watershed partners place an emphasis on urban pesticide use, in others agriculture and/or commercial forestry may be of greatest concern.
What partnerships do:
The goal is measurable environmental improvements, making Oregon waters safer for aquatic life and humans.
Since 2000, DEQ and other state agencies have worked closely with partners in watersheds across the state. Currently there are nine partnerships:
DEQ and ODA periodically sponsor free pesticide waste collection events around Oregon for farmers and other commercial and institutional applicators. The purpose of these events is to reduce the risks to surface and groundwater from accidental release of pesticides by providing a cost-effective and safe way to manage these wastes.
Household pesticides can be disposed of through DEQ's Household Hazardous Waste Program.
There are five collection events scheduled in 2022:
Fall events are being scheduled for Mount Angel and Madras. Information will be added as it is finalized.
Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Field Audits 2017 - This report outlines the findings of DEQ's 2017 Pesticide Stewardship Partnership field audits of ten partner organizations.
Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships, Quality Assurance Project Plan – This document identifies the overall plan for environmental monitoring carried out by the partners including quality assurance procedures, quality control activities, analyte lists, and key project personnel.
Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships, Sampling and Analysis Plan – This document outlines the specific sampling locations, sampling and analysis protocols to be followed within the scope of the QAPP.
State of Oregon Pesticide Management Plan for Water Quality Protection
Oregon State University Integrated Pest Management Center - Includes information about alternative methods for controlling pests, through biological or other non-chemical methods.
OSU Extension - Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, Central Point, Integrated Pest Management Program
Metro regional government: Simple Steps to a Healthy Lawn and Garden
David Gruen Columbia River Coordinator503-719-2282
For more information, see the joint agency fact sheet: Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships in Oregon.
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