Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Office of Water Resources
Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Under the Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES), the state is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer its own stormwater discharge permit program, including general permit authority for stormwater discharges. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's (DEM) rules are more stringent than federal permit requirements. See the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for more information on permitting of stormwater discharges in the state. See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for more information on the federal stormwater program.
• Administration and enforcement. The DEM administers and enforces the stormwater discharge permit program in Rhode Island.
RI Rule 12.190.003 Rule 31
Rhode Island issues stormwater discharge permits for the industrial, construction, and municipal sectors. Permit approvals are subject to standards associated with the receiving water body. For more information, see the state sections EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS and NPDES PERMIT.
Rhode Island has individual, group, and general permits for stormwater ...