Oregon's Agricultural Water Quality Management Act requires landowners to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural activities. This mandate led to the adoption of Water Quality Management Area Plans and Rules throughout the state.
The Middle Deschutes Management Area consists primarily of Jefferson County east of the Deschutes River.
The Management Area Plan provides information on water quality issues and recommends management practices.
Area Rules: Landowners in the Middle Deschutes Managment Area must manage the following to prevent water pollution:
Manure and other wastes
Sediment in irrigation tailwater
Application of crop nutrients
These rules are enforced by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Landowners are responsible for conditions under their control. They are not responsible for conditions that are natural or a result of other landowners' activities or unusual weather events.