Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management Bureau of Point and Nonpoint Source Management
County conservation districts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania is fully authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, including for point source discharges related to stormwater. Pennsylvania generally follows the federal permitting regulations for stormwater discharges under 40 CFR 122.26. For information on the federal stormwater permitting program, see the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL. As a result of the state's permit authorization, Pennsylvania has developed its own general permits covering stormwater discharges associated with industrial facilities, construction activities, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). For additional guidance on the state requirements for specific stormwater discharges, see the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES.
The state also issues individual stormwater discharge permits for ...