Governing Law and Regulations
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control
New Jersey Department of Agriculture (DOA)
Local soil conservation district offices
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Jersey has been authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge permits program, known as the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) program in the state.
New Jersey generally follows the federal permitting regulations for stormwater discharges associated with municipalities. However, the state has established state-specific application requirements and issues four general permits. Also unlike the federal program, New Jersey requires municipal stormwater permit coverage for all municipalities in the state, as well as public complexes and highway agencies.
See the national section STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for more information on the federal permitting program.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the stormwater discharge permit regulations for municipalities in New Jersey.