Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water Bureau of Water Permits
DEC Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) District Offices: New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Buffalo, Pittsburgh
New York State Department of Health (DOH)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has incorporated many of the federal water pollution requirements into its regulatory scheme. Examples of this incorporation are New York's effluent limitations and toxic effluent standards. The state has also adopted the federal pretreatment standards. The state has also been given primacy to administer drinking water regulations under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
• Administration and enforcement. The DEC is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's water pollution control regulations. The protection and regulation of drinking water is the responsibility of the New York State Department of Health (DOH).