JOHN DAY - A public hearing will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Alec Gay Hall, Southeast Dayton St., to discuss new riparian-use rules devised under Senate Bill 1010, Oregon's agricultural water-quality law. The rules will affect water use in the Upper Mainstem and South Fork John Day River Agricultural Water Quality Management Area.  The plan and new rules were developed over the past two and a half years by the Oregon Department of Agriculture with assistance of a local advisory committee, representing a broad range of affected landowners and interest groups involved in water quality issues. The proposed new rules describe conditions on agricultural lands, including waste discharges, streamside area management, upland management and erosion, livestock management and irrigation.

The Sept. 17 hearing will begin with an informational session followed by a public comment period. Interested persons also may present oral and written comments. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, and can be sent to: Oregon Department of Agriculture, Attention: Upper Mainstem and South Fork John Day River Public Comment, Natural Resources Division, 635 Capitol St. N.E., Salem, OR 97301-2532.

Department staff, in consultation with the local advisory committee, will review and consider oral and written comments before presenting final recommendations on rules adoption to the State Board of Agriculture and the director of the department.

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