Bureau of Water Resource Management
Bureau Director: Angus Eaton
Administration: Melissa Rijssen, Secretary. Phone: (518) 402-8086. Fax: (518) 402-9029.
Loon Lake at sunset
The Bureau of Water Resource Management works to protect, manage, and conserve New York State's groundwater and surface water supply sources, develop management strategies to enhance and protect these waters, and protect both the groundwater and surface water quality in the New York City Watershed and other major watersheds.
The Bureau's work includes programs for public water supply permitting which includes analysis and approval of aquifer (pump) tests and reservoir capacity, drought management, Great Lakes water withdrawal registration, Statewide water withdrawal reporting, groundwater, interstate water supply partnerships, reservoir releases, water conservation, and water well drillers registration. The Bureau provides geotechnical assistance to local, state, federal, and industrial/commercial entities, and has partnered with the USGS to conduct an ongoing cooperative statewide aquifer mapping program for over 25 years.
The Bureau also manages DEC's water quality and watershed protection programs for the New York City water supply system, including Federal Safe Drinking Water Act grants, compliance for SPDES permits within the watershed, and technical assistance and training for wastewater treatment facility operators within the watershed.
The Bureau works with stakeholders and partners toward improved water quality, provides funding for Water Quality Improvement Projects, and conducts outreach and communication activities. The Bureau's responsibilities also include developing and managing a geographic information system (GIS) that provides information and extensive data related to New York State's waters.
- Water Quantity Management Section, Mike Holt, Chief
- New York City Watershed Section, Kenneth Kosinski, Chief
- Watersheds Program Coordinator, Ron Entringer, Chief