[Excerpted from the Oregon
Environmental Quality's Strategic
DEQ recognizes that there
is much more environmental work to be done beyond the work identified
by three priorities. This section describes our long-term path utilizing
our vision, mission, and long-range goals and objectives. The Strategic
Direction provides guidance for setting operational priorities, making
operating decisions and allocating resources.
Our vision is to work cooperatively with all Oregonians for a healthy,
In our vision, we see Oregon as a leader in both environmental quality
and a sound economy. Oregon will be recognized for eliminating the accepted
belief in a trade-off between environmental and economic stewardship.
Financial incentives and regulatory reform will result in greener businesses
and technologies that will provide jobs while improving the environment.
We will transition from a system of strict regulations to cooperative
goal-setting and a flexible means to achieve those goals.
When our vision is realized, decisions affecting the environment will
be guided by the understanding that all aspects of life are interconnected,
interdependent and cumulative. DEQ is mindful of the needs of this and
future generations when establishing policies to promote healthy air,
clean water, safe communities and vibrant ecosystems. When we are all
working together, Oregon will be a place where all people, communities
and businesses assume personal responsibility for preservation and restoration
of the environment.
We have quite a distance
to go to fully realize this future state; but if Oregon's history of environmental
stewardship says anything about our destiny, we cannot help but be successful
in achieving it. DEQ plays a significant role in leading Oregon towards
this future, and we have crafted our mission to guide us.
- There is no further
degradation of the environment and "special places" are preserved.
- Our native, wild
salmon return in large numbers to plentiful, clean waters.
- Our skies are free
of haze, dust or smog.
- Work is done with
non-polluting technologies and with materials that are either fully
recovered or fully returned to a natural state at the end of their product
life cycle; there will be "zero waste" in our lives.