Governing Law and Regulations
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality
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 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program and to issue state permits, federal facilities, pretreatment permits, and general permits for wastewater discharges under the program. In New Jersey, the NPDES program is known as the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) program.
New Jersey issues general permits for surface water discharges, combined sewer overflows, residuals, stormwater discharges, and groundwater discharges. In addition to issuing new NJPDES permits, the state has provisions for fees and permit modifications. The state requires the use of state forms, with additional supplements for specific permit types.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water Quality is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's ...