Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water
New York Department of Agriculture and Markets (DA&M) Soil and Water Conservation Committee
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
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 York is authorized by EPA to administer its own National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program governing wastewater discharges, including those for CAFOs. However, applicants should follow the state permit application and modification regulations. New York refers to its NPDES rules as SPDES. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for additional permit guidance.
New York issues two types of general permits for CAFOs: the ECL CAFO SPDES General Permit and the Clean Water Act (CWA) SPDES General Permit. The state also issues CAFO individual permits. All farms that meet a specific animal limit must have a CAFO permit by March 10, 2010.
New York has adopted the federal CAFO permit rules and added several more stringent rules. The state's more ...