Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural ResourcesEnvironmental Protection Division (EPD)Watershed Protection Branch
State Soil and Water Conservation Commission
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for wastewater discharges, including stormwater discharges associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). The state issues permits for small, medium, and large MS4s. See the national section STORMWATER— MUNICIPALITIES for information on the federal permitting program.
• Administration and enforcement. EPD's Watershed Protection Branch is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's stormwater discharge permit rules for MS4s.
GRR 391-3-6-.16(5)(b)(4) to 391-3-6-.16(5)(b)(6)
The state has developed requirements for permitting and annual reporting requirements for both Phase I (medium and large) and Phase II (small) MS4s.
Georgia issues a general permit for stormwater discharges associated with small MS4s (GAG610000), as defined by the federal regulations. To obtain coverage under this permit, a permittee must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI). When an operator changes or when a new operator is added after submittal of an NOI, a new NOI must be submitted. Permittees have 180 days to submit an ...