DEQ Takes Aim at Farmers

Urgent Action Alert from Oregon Farm Bureau:

What: Public Hearing for Proposed Water Quality Standards
When: Wednesday, February 2, @ 6:00 PM
Where: DEQ Medford Office
221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201
Farm Bureau contact: Jennifer Shmikler, 503-399-1701 ext. 308

Oregon DEQ is revising the water quality standards regulation. To justify raising water quality standards, DEQ is arbitrarily raising the Oregon “fish consumption rate” from 6 grams of fish per day to 175 grams per day! The new rate equates to two servings of fish per day, per person, for 365 days a year.

DEQ is proposing “Total Maximum Daily Loads” that will require designation of Best Management Practices for “nonpoint sources of pollution” (agriculture). DEQ seeks to enforce these proposed Best Management Practices, even if the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture will not. This will have a significant and costly impact on Oregon farmers and ranchers, which will ultimately impact consumer prices for all food grown in Oregon.

Concerned citizens should submit written comments and attend a public hearing to provide oral comments. There will be a public hearing in Medford on February 2. If you are able to attend, please contact Jennifer Shmikler at the Oregonm Farm Bureau office at 503-399-1701 ext. 308, or by e-mail at The Oregon Farm Bureau will host a conference call for all citizens interested in submitting comments.


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