Rhode Island Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
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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.

State Requirements


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 ...

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