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Through its offices of air quality, land resources, and water quality, the Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is charged with protecting, enhancing, and restoring Arkansas’s environment. Much of DEQ’s work is accomplished by inspectors, geologists, and engineers who work and live in communities throughout Arkansas.  This means our staff have a thorough understanding of the areas they serve and have the added incentive to care for the places where they and their families live and work.

Office of Air Quality

Office of Land Resources

Office of Water Quality

Enterprise Services

Caleb J. Osborne

Division of Environmental Quality Director and Chief Administrator of the Environment

"DEQ plays a vital role in making Arkansas an exceptional place to live, work, and play. DEQ staff lead in protecting and enhancing our environment through programs that issue sound, protective, defensible permits; provide compliance assistance; and exercise regulatory oversight to investigate and address environmental challenges. DEQ’s robust programs enable the regulatory community to confidently operate while being protective of the environment. We strive to work as a partner with stakeholders to understand and address challenges in a manner that best serves the state and all Arkansans."

As the Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director and Chief Administrator of the Environment for the Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment, Caleb J. Osborne has statutory signatory authority for Arkansas’s thirteen federally delegated environmental programs. Prior to being named DEQ Director and Chief Administrator of the Environment, Osborne served as the Chief of Staff for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism and the Associate Director for DEQ’s Office of Water Quality. He also has worked on energy and environmental policy and regulatory issues in the energy sector at both the state and federal level.

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment’s (E&E) Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory for Lake Hogue in Poinsett County, Ark…
NORTH LITTLE ROCK—The Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (PC&EC) has canceled its meeting scheduled for Friday, August 25, 2023. The next PC&EC meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday…

DEQ Leadership

Questions or Comments?

Bailey Taylor

Associate Environment Administrator, Division of Environmental Quality

Alan York

Associate Director, Office of Water Quality

Lucy Cross

Enterprise Services Director, Enterprise Services

Jarrod Zweifel

Associate Director, Office of Land Resources

David Witherow

Associate Director, Office of Air Quality

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