Eastern Oregon – The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is conducting a rulemaking to establish a Total Maximum Daily Load to address the impairments to water quality standards and beneficial uses in surface waters in the Powder River Basin. These impairments are caused by excess bacteria and will be addressed by identifying and quantifying sources of this pollutant. This rule will also establish a water quality management plan that includes pollutant management strategies, a list of parties responsible for developing management plans and implementing strategies, and a timeline to reduce pollutant loads and attain water quality standards.
The Powder River Basin is located in northeastern Oregon and is comprised of the Brownlee, Powder River, and Burnt River subbasins, which eventually drain into the Snake River along the border of Oregon and Idaho.
DEQ has appointed an advisory committee for this proposed rulemaking. The next committee meeting will take place:
Meeting 1: Nov. 9, 2022, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This meeting will be open to the public. Community members may attend committee meetings to observe, but not actively participate. The committee may designate time on the agenda to hear community comments as time allows. Later in this rulemaking proceeding, DEQ will invite public comments on and will hold a public hearing about the proposed rules. At that time any member of the public may submit comments and participate in the public hearing.
To learn more about this rulemaking and the advisory committee, view the rulemaking web page at: Powder River Basin TMDL.
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