Governing Law and Regulations
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Water Resources and Quality Division
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. New Hampshire does not have authority from EPA to administer the NPDES permit program for wastewater discharges. The state has adopted by reference the federal NPDES rules as part of New Hampshire's state discharge permit program. Therefore, anyone discharging pollutants into the state's waters or groundwaters, including wetlands, or to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW), may have to obtain two permits—a federal NPDES permit from EPA's Region 1 office and a state discharge permit from DES's Water Resources and Quality Division.
A copy of the federal NPDES permit application is submitted to DES at the same time it is sent to EPA. DES considers the copy of the federal NPDES application as an application for the similar state discharge permit. See the ...