CleanWay® Environmental Partners originally started designing systems to help our municipal and industrial customers comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations.
Rainwater runoff flows over roads, parking lots, roofs, and other impervious surfaces on its journey to our streams, lakes, and rivers. Both municipal and industrial stormwater can carry a wide range of potentially harmful pollutants like metals, oil and grease, pesticides, and fertilizers. These contaminants cause pollution, damage our waterways and reduce the viability of downstream waters. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, NPDES permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.
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The mission of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Program is to protect and improve Oregon's water quality. Protecting Oregon's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater quality keeps these waters safe for a multitude of beneficial uses such as drinking water, fish habitat, recreation and irrigation.
Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program
The Oregon DEQ UIC program was enacted in 1974 under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The intent of the program is to protect groundwater resources, primarily used for drinking water, from contamination. All groundwater aquifers in Oregon are considered suitable as drinking water. There are numerous federal classes and types of injection systems, all of which are required to be registered with DEQ and approved either through a state permit, by rule authorization (in lieu of a permit), or closed.
The Bureau of Environmental Services coordinates the citywide response to the federal stormwater permit that requires the city to reduce stormwater pollution, and oversees other programs that respond to water quality requirements. The federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Endangered Species Act direct the City to improve stormwater quality and protect watersheds, rivers, streams and drinking water resources.
Injection systems are any man-made design, structure or activity that discharges below the ground or subsurface. Common uses include: stormwater discharge, industrial/commercial and process waste water disposal, large domestic onsite systems and cesspools, sewage drill holes, aquifer remediation systems, and more. Common designs include drywells, trench drains, sumps, perforated piping, floor drains, drainfields and drill holes.
The Washington Department of Ecology Water Quality Program’s Mission is to protect and restore Washington’s waters. Their environmental goals are to prevent water pollution including aquatic habitat loss, and ensure adequate water quality and quantity to meet beneficial uses; clean up water pollution to restore beneficial uses and aquatic habitat; and to help communities make sustainable choices that reduce and prevent water quality problems.
The Water Quality program includes Ground and Surface Water Quality and non point source pollution and other impacts to water resources throughout the state.