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Tom Cullen, Assistant Director

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Welcome to the Division of Water webpage! The Division conducts a variety of programs to protect and conserve New York's waters. On this page you will find information about the Division's programs and recent activities.

What's New in the Division of Water?

The Division of Water uses this page to highlight water-related information that we think may interest you. This page is updated weekly and topics are typically posted here for about 30 days. If a topic has a specific end date (such as a public comment period or an event), the description is removed after the end date.

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

New waterbodies with harmful algal blooms have been added October 19 to DEC's Harmful Algal Blooms Notifications webpage.

This week, 1 waterbodies were added to the notification list. There are currently 36 waterbodies with blooms on the list.

This is the last week of HABs notifications for the year. Next week, MakingWaves will include a year-end HABs season summary.

Avoid and Continue to Report Suspected Blooms

HABs may still occur on waterbodies throughout the fall and possibly winter, although fewer blooms occur as wind and air temperatures rapidly decrease in the fall. Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scum and discolored water.

If you suspect you have seen a HAB, or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please follow the instructions for reporting a bloom to DEC.

Lake Champlain Basin Program 2018 Request for Proposals

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has announced the 2018 request for proposals and pre-proposals:

  • Local Implementation Grants (proposals are due November 20th, 2018)-more than $890,000 in grants may be awarded to local organizations, municipalities and educational institutions for projects that support the goals outlined in Lake Champlain's Opportunities for Action management plan.
  • Request for Technical Pre-Proposals (pre-proposals are due November 14, 2018)-projects may request up to $300,000 to address any strategies and tasks outlined in Opportunities for Action plan, however, LCBP is interested in funding projects that address the following priorities:
    • Research or innovative demonstration projects that reduce pollution to Lake Champlain, especially nutrients (from agricultural sources, urban stormwater, and legacy nutrients), de-icing agents, and other emerging contaminants of concern
    • Research or implementation projects that use LCBP-funded or other publicly available datasets to create outputs leading to improved water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin
    • Projects that fill knowledge gaps or improve diversity of native aquatic and riparian species in the Lake Champlain Basin, including habitat restoration and target species recovery
    • Projects that quantify benefits of existing best management practices, or optimize existing practices for pollution reduction goals, especially to reduce soluble reactive phosphorus loading and for management in light of climate change effects
    • Projects that research and support sustainable agricultural practices that address water quality concerns and are economically sustainable
  • Technical Project Grants for Large Implementation and Planning Grants (proposals are due November 27th, 2018). -up to $500,000 is available to support projects that install best management practices and projects to support planning and prioritization.

For more information about LCBP grant programs, application materials and the Opportunities for Action plan visit LCBP's Request for Proposals webpage (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section on the right side of this page).

Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants for Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) has announced the availability of up to $185 million in grant funding through the New York Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure grants program to support water infrastructure projects that protect public health by removing or otherwise addressing emerging contaminants such as Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) or 1,4-Dioxane. Grants will fund up to 60% of project costs up to $3 million, or 40% of project costs up to $10 million. Eligible projects may include carbon systems to remove PFOA/PFOS from drinking water, Advanced Oxidative Process technologies to remove 1,4-dioxane, or other acceptable treatment to remove these contaminants.

Applications must be submitted to: NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov by 5:00 PM, January 11, 2019. Applications are available on NYS EFC's website (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section on the right side of this page).

Annual Water Withdrawal Reporting

The DEC Water Withdrawal Reporting Program is currently receiving water withdrawal reporting data from golf courses and farms that have finished irrigating for 2018. Reporting is required each year for non-agricultural facilities that have a withdrawal capacity of 100,000 gallons or more per day and agricultural facilities that use more than 100,000 gallons or more per day (30 day average). Agricultural facilities that use less than 100,000 gallons per day can register by using the annual water withdrawal reporting form. For additional information, contact Water Withdrawal Reporting staff at 518-402-8182 or AWQRSDEC@dec.ny.gov .

Pumping Test Procedures

The Division of Water Pumping Test Procedures document has been updated for the first time since 2015. This document provides scientists who are planning pumping (or aquifer) tests in New York with scientifically rigorous standards, their underlying principles, and consistency in carrying out the testing required to prove long-term yield of groundwater sources as required under ECL § 15, Title 15 Water Supply, and Part 601 Water Withdrawal Permitting, Reporting, and Registration.

Nearly every section of the document has undergone some improvement ranging from minor edits to relatively major clarification of a few of the procedures.

The earliest version of the document was developed by Division of Water geologists Jim Garry and Al Ash in 1998 and has been updated several times since. The Pumping Test Procedure has been widely-referenced on the internet and can be viewed on DEC's Pumping Test Procedures webpage. For more information on other groundwater topics such as groundwater resource mapping, flowing wells, water well decommissioning and water well drilling, go to DEC's Groundwater webpage.

Division Webpages

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The Division of Water's webpages fall mainly into one of the two following locations:

  • Water Pollution Control - Information, guidance material and forms about the programs the Division of Water administers to control sources of water pollution.
  • Lands and Waters - Water resource information is divided into the following categories:
    • Watersheds, Lakes Rivers: Information on NYS watersheds and other water bodies
    • Oceans & Estuaries: NYS marine and estuary resource information
    • Groundwater: Aquifer and groundwater information & resources
    • Dam Safety, Coastal & Flood Protection: Program information related to flood protection, floodplain development, dam safety, and coastal management
    • Water Supply & Reclamation: Information on protecting New York's public water supplies and drought information

Division's Mission

The Mission of the Division of Water is to protect and conserve the water resources of New York State. This mission is accomplished through a wide range of programs and activities. Some of these are statewide in their scope and apply to all parts of the state. Other efforts are targeted to address water quality and quantity issues in specific regions of the state, focusing on waterbodies or watersheds where these issues are of particular concern. Still other programs target specific contaminants (e.g., mercury) or sources (e.g., stormwater runoff) or impacts (e.g., acid rain) of pollution.


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