In response to COVID-19 health concerns, DEQ has implemented a number of precautionary measures for the well-being of staff, volunteers, stakeholders and the general public. They will be posting updates to their daily operations on their DEQ COVID-19 webpage.
Air monitoring, surface water investigations and groundwater monitoring will resume using appropriate field safety protocols, public health guidance and recommendations related to ensure the safety of DEQ employees, businesses and the public.
- After temporarily suspending all field work in response to the COVID-19 emergency, DEQ is resuming a limited amount of monitoring activity today (April 1). This work is crucial to ensure the agency meets federal and state regulations and ensure that our measurements remain complete, precise, accurate, representative and comparable.
- These activities include air monitoring, surface water investigations and groundwater monitoring investigation programs. Staff in these programs will follow all appropriate field safety protocols, public health guidance and recommendations related to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of DEQ employees, businesses and the public.
- All other field work remains suspended as DEQ continues to assess exposure risks and develop exposure mitigation plans.
- DEQ will provide updates on resumption of other field work as plans and priorities are finalized.