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Mark Klotz, Director
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.

Grant Awards Announced

Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

Governor Cuomo, through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), announced $87 million for 95 WQIP projects that will improve water quality, reduce polluted runoff and restore waterbodies and aquatic habitats.

The WQIP program provides grant funding to municipalities for projects including: municipal wastewater treatment; municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4); abatement of non-agricultural nonpoint source runoff; land acquisition for source water protection; salt storage; and restoration of aquatic habitats. A full list of WQIP projects is available on DEC's WQIP Program webpage.

DEC / NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) Program

Governor Cuomo, through REDC, announced $3.2 million for 72 EPG grants that will provide financial assistance to communities for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund water quality projects.

The EPG program provides funding to municipalities for engineering and/or consultant fees for engineering and planning services for the production of an engineering report. A full list of EPG projects is available on the Environmental Facilities Corporation's EPG webpage (a link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section in the right-hand column of this page).

EFC Awards Financing for Water and Wastewater Projects

The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has announced $1.34 Billion in Low-Interest Long-Term Financial Assistance was provided for Water Quality Improvement Projects in New York City during the 2017 calendar year.

In February 2017, the EFC Board of Directors approved $199.1 million in long-term low-interest financing for the City's Croton Filtration Plant and $416.8 million in long-term low-interest financing for costs associated with improvements at wastewater treatment facilities throughout New York City. An additional $177.0 million in long-term low-interest financing for the Croton Filtration Plant and $546.1 million in long-term low-interest financing for costs associated with improvements at wastewater treatment facilities throughout New York City was approved by the EFC Board in October 2017. These projects span over two federal fiscal years and will enhance New York City's efforts to provide safe and reliable clean water systems.

For the 2017 federal fiscal year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allotted New York State $146.3 million for wastewater and water quality-related projects under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $39.5 million for the State's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Final 2018 Intended Use Plans (IUPs)

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), DEC, and the Department of Health have prepared the Final Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The IUPs include lists of projects that may receive financial assistance between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Links to EFC's CWSRF and DWSRF webpages are in the "Links Leaving DEC's website" section in the right-hand column of this page.

EFC is seeking comments from the public by December 29, 2017 regarding projects that were added to the Annual Project Priority List of the Final 2018 CWSRF IUP after publication of the Draft IUP. The list of new projects is available on EFC's website. For more information, and how to comment, view the December 13 Environmental Notice Bulletin.

WI/PWL Water Quality Assessment Updates

Most recently, WI/PWL Fact Sheets for the following watersheds/waterbodies have been revised/updated:

Comments on these (or other) assessments are welcome via email.

New York Group Receives Chesapeake Bay Program Honor

The Finger Lakes Land Trust, a key partner in New York State's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, has been named a Chesapeake Forest Champion. The land trust was named "Most Effective at Engaging the Public" for their more than 30 years of work to conserve land in New York State. They have conserved more than 19,000 acres, half of which lies within the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A link to the Chesapeake Bay Program's press release is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section in the right-hand column of this page.

DEC Announces Guidance for Living Shorelines

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced new guidance, "Living Shoreline Techniques in the Marine District of New York State," that emphasizes natural and nature-based solutions to erosion control that will protect New Yorkers and the environment. The guidance encourages the appropriate use of natural shoreline protection measures in place of hardened or man-made approaches to coastal erosion controls. Living shorelines and tidal wetlands areas are invaluable for improving water quality, marine food production, wildlife habitat, flood, hurricane, and storm control.

Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2018 Request for Proposals

The Urban Waters Restoration Grant program will award $2 Million in grants nationwide for projects addressing ecological improvements, targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring and stormwater management. Applications are due January 31, 2018. A link to the request for proposals is in the "Links Leaving DEC's website" section in the right-hand column of this page.

Conserve and Protect Our Water Poster Contest

DEC and the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) are sponsoring a "Conserve and Protect Our Water" poster contest that is open to all middle school students (Grades 6-8). Fourteen winners have the honor of having their artwork in a calendar which will be distributed across New York State. The deadline for submitting posters is January 12, 2018. More information, including the poster contest announcement, is available on DEC's Conserve and Protect Our Water Poster Contest webpage.

N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Applications

Applications are being accepted for the N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship. In honor of the former Director of the Division of Water, up to $5,000 in scholarships is available to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science concentrating on water quality who show a commitment to government service.

Scholarship Applications are available on the NYWEA Scholarship website (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's website" section in the right-hand column of this page). Applications are due by February 28, 2018.

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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