Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Water Resources
Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC)
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)
Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) Division of Environmental Health Office of Drinking Water Quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island has developed a water pollution permitting scheme that follows the federal regulations. However, Rhode Island is more stringent, as it protects both surface and groundwater.
The state is authorized by EPA to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges, including general permitting authority for stormwater discharges, known in Rhode Island as the Rhode Island Pollution Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES).
In addition to ...