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New Jersey Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act: New Jersey Statutes Annotated (NJSA) 58:10A

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New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES): New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:14A

Groundwater quality: NJAC 7:9C-1.1 to 7:9C-1.11

Classification: NJAC 7:9C-1.5

Antidegradation policy: NJAC 7:9C-1.8

Discharge to groundwater (DGW) permits: NJAC 7:14A-7.3

Exempted activities: NJAC 7:14A-7.4

Permit-by-rule: NJAC 7:14A-7.5

Groundwater Protection Program (GWPP): NJAC 7:14A-7.6

Site remediation: NJAC 7:26E-4.4

Water wells: NJAC 7:9D-1.1 to 7:9D-4.8

Categories of wells: NJAC 7:9D-2.1

Licenses for well drillers: NJAC 7:9D-1.7

Allocation permits: NJAC 7:19-1.1 to 7:19-18.6

Water supply allocation: NJAC 7:19-2.2

Temporary dewatering: NJAC 7:19-2.3

Short-term permit-by-rule: NJAC 7:19-2.17

Water use registration: NJAC 7:19-2.18

Groundwater Use: NJAC 7:7-16.5

Regulatory Agency

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality

DEP Division of Water Supply and Geoscience Bureau of Water System and Well Permitting Well Permitting and Regulation Section (WPRS)

DEP Climate and Environmental Management Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey has established standards for the classification of groundwater and regulations that address discharges to groundwater permitting under the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permitting program. NJPDES permits are required for discharges of industrial and sanitary wastes to groundwater. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for more information.

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