State Department of Agriculture

ORS 561.191
Program and rules relating to water quality


The State Department of Agriculture shall develop and implement any program or rules that directly regulate farming practices, as defined in ORS 30.930 (Definitions for ORS 30.930 to 30.947), that are for the purpose of protecting water quality and that are applicable to areas of the state designated as exclusive farm use zones under ORS 215.203 (Zoning ordinances establishing exclusive farm use zones) or other agricultural lands in Oregon, including but not limited to rules related to:


Protection of the quality of surface or ground water;


Wellhead protection areas;


Coastal zone management areas;


Areas of ground water concern; and


Ground water management areas.


Any program or rules adopted by the State Department of Agriculture under subsection (1) of this section shall be designed to assure achievement and maintenance of water quality standards adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission.


If two or more state agencies are required to adopt rules under ORS 468B.150 (Definitions for ORS 468B.150 to 468B.190) to 468B.190 (Ground water monitoring and assessment), the agencies:


Shall consult with one another and coordinate the rules; and


May consolidate the rulemaking proceedings.


Nothing in this section is intended to change or reduce the authority of the Water Resources Commission or the Water Resources Department under ORS chapters 536 to 543. [1995 c.690 §6a]
Note: 561.191 (Program and rules relating to water quality) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 561 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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