Governing Law and Regulations
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality
New Jersey Department of Agriculture (DOA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Conservation Districts (SCDs)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Jersey is authorized to administer the NJPDES permit program for wastewater discharges, which includes permit provisions for CAFOs. New Jersey rules are more stringent because permits are required for many medium and small CAFOs.
New Jersey also regulates animal and food wastes, including processing waste materials generated in canneries, slaughterhouses, packing plants or similar industries, including animal manure when intended for disposal and not reuse. Animal manure, when intended for reuse or composting, must be managed in accordance with DOA criteria and standards.
New Jersey requires all farms to comply with animal waste management requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water Quality is responsible for the ...