2012 October–December

  • DEQ Clean Water Revolving Loan Update
    DEQ’s Clean Water Revolving Loan provides financing loans for water pollution control projects for Oregon public agencies and Tribal Nations. Eligible projects include point, non-point, estuary management and planning projects with interest rates that range from 0.94 percent to 2.44 percent, depending on the loan term. DEQ will review applications and update the Intended Use Plan on January 11th , May 10th and September 13th, 2013. DEQ has updated and revised the Revolving Loan Program rules—the updated rules are published at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/loans/loans.htm.

    Additional information on the program including key DEQ contacts is available in this PDF.

  • EPA Adds 800+ Stream Segments to 303(d) List
    Concluding a public comment process, EPA is adding 870 water bodies and pollutants to Oregon’s 2010 303(d) list. All 870 water quality limited segments were originally proposed. With EPA's final action, the 870 new listings will become part of Oregon's 303(d) list. DEQ will update information on its website at DEQ's Water Quality Assessment and use this information for Clean Water Act purposes such as prioritizing and developing TMDLs.

    The letter and supporting documentation, is posted at http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/water.nsf/TMDLs/R10addsto2010ORList Oregon wastewater and stormwater utilities will want to check the listings to see if additional parameters have been added to their receiving stream(s).

  • DEQ Updates O & M Manual Guidance
    DEQ has updated and revised its guidance for preparing O & M manuals. The new direction is available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/rules/div052/guidelines/stpommanuals.pdf

  • PNCWA Annual Conference - September 15-18, 2013 in Bend, OR

  • Upgrade to Class A Biosolids – An Example
    Learn more about the process and detailed considerations of the City of Florence as they move to a Class A biosolids product.

  • DEQ Fees Increasing
    The Environmental Quality Commission adopted a 2.7 percent fee increase for most water quality permits (except the suction dredge general permit 700-PM and graywater general permits 2401 and 2402) on Oct. 25, 2012. As a reminder, DEQ did not propose major modification fees for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System phase 1 and Underground Injection Control permits. DEQ made two changes to the rulemaking proposal following public comments:

    First: Permit fees are intended to cover 60 percent of the program costs, while public funds are intended to cover the remaining 40 percent of costs. DEQ originally proposed a 3 percent fee increase for this rulemaking. Based on the 2011-2013 Legislatively Approved Budget, the funding split is approximately 67 percent for permit fees and 33 percent for public funds when considering the originally proposed 3 percent fee increase. A permit fee increase based on a 60:40 percent funding split is 2.7 percent. In an effort to meet the Blue Ribbon Committee recommendation, DEQ changed its proposal to 2.7 percent.

    Second: DEQ agreed that increasing graywater general permit fees would discourage implementation of this new program and be counter-productive to the intent to encourage graywater reuse permitting through low permit fees. For this reason, DEQ changed its proposal to reflect no permit fee increase for graywater general permits.

    The new fees are effective Nov. 1, 2012. The new fee tables are available here – Tables 70 A-H; Table 9D

  • ACWA Presentation on Stormwater Issues
    ACWA Executive Director Janet Gillaspie made this presentation to the Environmental Law Education Center conference on stormwater issues, held 10/1/12. The presentation highlights the challenges faced by municipal stormwater utilities and showcases great projects underway at the local level to reduce stormwater pollution.

2012 July–September

  • Pesticide Collection Event Funding Needed
    Oregon has a huge inventory of unwanted pesticides in barns and sheds. Collection programs for unwanted pesticides have been shown to be very effective in collecting unwanted pesticides and properly disposing of them. Funding for more collection programs is needed. Read the this 2- page flyer to learn more about the problem. Share any ideas you have about finding permanent funding for pesticide collection event.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today posted a List of Safer Chemical ingredients that contain chemicals that meet stringent criteria applied by the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program. - This program recognizes products that are high-performance and cost-effective while using the safest chemical ingredients. At present, more than 2,800 common household and other products carry the DfE Safer Product Label. This list of safer chemical ingredients will help product manufacturers identify chemicals that the DfE program has evaluated and identified as safer alternatives. This list only includes chemicals in products that were voluntarily submitted for evaluation through the DfE Safer Product Labeling Program. There may be other chemicals not included in this list that are also safer.

    The list and additional information can be found at http://www.epa.gov/dfe/saferingredients.htm

    You can contact Bridget Williams in EPA’s DfE Program at 202-564-8558 or by email at williams.bridget@epa.gov for further information.

  • Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy Adopted
    The Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy has been adopted. A link to the overall strategy and its elements is available at::

  • Willamette Partnership Provides Water Quality Trading Program Guidance
    The Willamette Partnership has produced a new report “In It Together: A
    How-to Reference for Building Point-Nonpoint Water Quality Trading Programs
    ." The report lays out guidelines for groups that want to build water quality trading
    programs, using programs in North Carolina, Oregon and Chesapeake Bay as examples.

  • Alameda County Enacts Nation's First Drug Product Stewardship Program
    Alameda County (CA.) has passed the first program in the US to require drug manufacturers to put programs in place to safely manage unwanted drugs
    at no cost to consumers. More details at http://www.acgov.org/news/pressreleases/pr201-07-24SafeMed.pdf

  • Update from EPA on its plans for unwanted drugs
    This presentation is an update from EPA on its regulatory plans for unwanted drugs, with an emphasis on the health care industry.

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