Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water Bureau of Water Permits
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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for state permits, general permits, and federal facilities under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Applicants use the state permit application and the program is referred to as the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit program.
The New York SPDES program is broader in scope than the federal program, as it controls point source discharges to groundwater in addition to surface water.
• Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Water issues SPDES permits in New York.
New York also issues SPDES general permits for stormwater discharges. See the state section STORMWATER—GENERAL for a detailed discussion of these permits.
In addition, New York ...