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Division of Water

Mark Klotz, Director
Tom Cullen, Assistant Director

a photo of Loon Lake at sunset
Loon Lake at sunset

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.

Topics on this page are advertised via the MakingWaves email list. You can subscribe to MakingWaves and other DEC email lists by visiting DEC's email update webpage. If you already receive updates from DEC, you can manage your subscription on this page too.

Presentation from Briefing on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law Reporting System Available

On December 18, DEC presented a briefing on the implementation of a new computerized reporting system that municipalities will use to report sewage spills in compliance with New York's Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. The presentation slides may be viewed by clicking on the following link: Sewage Pollution Right to Know Briefing Presentation (PDF, 1.87 MB).

For more information about the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law and the computerized reporting system, visit DEC's Sewage Pollution Right to Know webpage.

DEC and NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation announce Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant awards

As part of Round 4 of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, DEC and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC) awarded $1,966,640 in grants to 67 communities from the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program. The REDC initiative supports economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation across the state.

For a list of municipalities selected to receive awards, please visit the NYSEFC website (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's website" section of the right-hand column of this page). For more information about the grants awarded through the REDC Initiative view Governor Cuomo's December 11 press release (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's website" section of the right-hand column of this page).

Applications Available for 2015 N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship

The application period for the 2015 N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship is now open. Applications are due to the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) by February 28, 2015. Visit the NYWEA website to download the application (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's website" section of the right-hand column of this page).

In 2015, the N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Fund will offer up to $5,000 in scholarships to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental or civil engineering, or environmental science concentrating on water quality, who show a commitment to government service.

Public Comments being Accepted on Proposed Rulemaking to Require Class I and SD Waters to be "Swimmable"

DEC has announced a proposed rulemaking to amend Parts 701 and 703 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) to require that the quality of Class I and Class SD saline surface waters be suitable for primary contact recreation, such as swimming. This rulemaking is necessary to meet the "swimmable" goal of the federal Clean Water Act.

Public comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted through February 1, 2015. A Public Information Meeting and Public Hearing will also be held in January. View the December 3 Environmental Notice Bulletin for instructions on how to comment and for more information about the meeting and hearing. The rulemaking documents are available on DEC's Proposed Regulations webpage.

WI/PWL Water Quality Assessment Updates

The Water Assessment Program is making some changes to the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) and the process for updating WI/PWL waterbody Fact Sheets.

The WI/PWL webpages are being modified to make it easier to find Fact Sheets for specific waterbodies of interest. The changes include smaller groupings of waterbodies by HUC 10 watersheds, maps showing the watersheds and waterbodies, and direct links from the waterbody index to the Fact Sheets. The first of the drainage basins to reflect these changes is the Atlantic Ocean/Long Island Sound Basin.

In addition, future updates of assessment information for individual WI/PWL waterbody Fact Sheets will be announced through MakingWaves. WI/PWL Fact Sheets for the following waterbodies have been revised/updated:

Comments on these, or other, assessments are welcome via email at 4pwlinfo@dec.ny.gov.

Final Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Intended Use Plan (IUP) Released

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC) and DEC have prepared the final Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The IUP includes a list of projects that may receive financial assistance between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

The final 2015 CWSRF IUP is available to review and download on NYSEFC's website. A direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page.

Public Comment Period Extended for P/C/I General Permit

DEC is extending the public comment period for review of a draft version of the renewal of the SPDES General Permit for Private/Commercial/Institutional (P/C/I) Discharges to Groundwater of Treated Sanitary Waste between 1,000 and 10,000 Gallons per Day per Outfall (GP-0-15-001) and Fact Sheet. Copies of the draft P/C/I General Permit and Fact Sheet are available for public review. View the November 26 Environmental Notice Bulletin for more information.

Written comments on the draft general permit must be submitted by close of business on January 5, 2015. View the November 5 Environmental Notice Bulletin for instructions on how to comment.

Applications Being Accepted for Adirondack and Catskill Smart Growth Implementation Grants

Adirondack Park and Catskill Park communities and organizations can now apply for $800,000 in Environmental Protection Fund grants for smart growth projects. $400,000 is dedicated to each of the Parks. Grants will support implementation of key projects, actions and strategies identified in local plans developed by Park communities in pursuit of smart growth. Eligible project activities include, but are not limited to: improvement of community water or sanitation infrastructure; and watershed management, protection of stream corridors and stormwater management with green infrastructure.

To view the two separate official Requests for Application and to apply, visit the NYS Grants Gateway. A direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page. The deadline for both applications is 2:00 pm, January 30, 2015.

More information is available in DEC's November 20 press release.

Articles about Water by Division of Water Staff

Division of Water employees regularly write articles for the magazine Clearwaters, the quarterly publication of the New York Water Environment Association. The DOW Library webpage webpage houses these, and other, water-related articles written by DOW staff and others in DEC.

Division Webpages

Carpenter Falls
Carpenter Falls

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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