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Present Duties

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon’s water and air quality, managing the proper disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, providing assistance in cleaning up contaminated properties, and enforcing Oregon’s environmental laws. The agency was formed in 1969 to replace the State Sanitary Authority, created in 1938, when Oregonians overwhelmingly supported an initiative to clean up the Willamette River.

As environmental problems have become more complex, DEQ’s roles have expanded. DEQ helps fight climate change with policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is committed to preventing toxic chemical releases and reducing risks from toxins already in our environment. DEQ is helping Oregonians solve environmental problems by encouraging personal responsibility and providing communities with technical assistance.

DEQ is budgeted for approximately 700 employees and is headquartered in Portland, with regional offices in Bend, Eugene and Portland and field offices in Coos Bay, Medford, Pendleton, Salem and The Dalles. In addition, DEQ relies on several advisory committees of citizens and government officials to help guide its decision-making.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600, Portland 97232
Telephone: 503-229-5696; Toll-free (Oregon only): 1-800-452-4011
Fax: 503-229-6762
General Email:
Contact: Pete Shepherd, Interim Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Meyer Goldstein
Records Officer Email: Ella Crumble
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 454, 459, 466, 467, 468
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog