Governing Law and Regulations
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Water Industrial and Municipal Programs Sections
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kansas is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for stormwater discharges. There are state general permits for stormwater from municipal, construction, and industrial activities. See the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for information on state requirements for these specific discharges.
In addition, Kansas has developed a water pollution permitting program under the Kansas Sewage Act that is more stringent than the federal wastewater permit program because it considers both surface and groundwater impacts. Kansas also imposes annual fees for permits under the state wastewater regulations. See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for more information on the federal stormwater program.
• Administration and enforcement. KDHE's Bureau of Water administers both state and federal stormwater permitting requirements. Enforcement responsibility is ...