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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.

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

Visit NYHABS, DEC's HABs notification map, to view locations of current freshwater HABs in New York State. Each yellow dot on the map represents a HAB reported in the past two weeks. Click on a dot for more information, including the date it was reported, the waterbody name, and pictures. Click on the arrow at the bottom of the screen to view a list of reported HABs.

Know it. Avoid it. Report it.

If you see a HAB, please use the new reporting form to submit a report to NYHABS.

Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scums and discolored water.

If you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please rinse with clean water and report any symptoms to your local health department.

Consolidated Funding Application Open

Applications are now being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaves DEC website) until 4 p.m. on July 26, 2019. The Division of Water has three grant programs available in the CFA:

Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP)

WQIP funds implementation projects to address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source. Eligible project types include wastewater treatment improvement, non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, land acquisition for source water protection, salt storage, aquatic connectivity restoration, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and project type descriptions, view the WQIP Round 16 Program Overview (PDF).

Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG)

EPG funds production of an engineering report for eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund water quality wastewater projects. For full program details and requirements, view the EPG Round 9 Program Overview (PDF). DEC offers this opportunity in partnership with the Environmental Facilities Corporation.

NEW! Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning Grant (NPG)

New this year, NPG funds production of planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects. For full program details and requirements, including eligible grant categories, view the NPG Program Overview (PDF).

Other Funding Opportunities

Prospective applicants should also view the 2019 Available CFA Resources guide on the CFA webpage (leaves DEC website) for other water resource and environment-related funding programs available through the CFA.


Multiple workshops on grant programs offered through the CFA are being held around the state. The last workshops are scheduled for June 26 in Lake Placid and June 28 in Delhi. (links leave DEC website).

Hudson River Estuary River Access and River Education Grants

Approximately $400,000 is now available for River Access and River Education grants through the Hudson River Estuary Program. This competitive grant opportunity will help communities implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, specifically to improve access to the tidal waters of the Hudson for fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife-dependent recreation, and to enhance education about the estuary to make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible for a wide range of people.

Applications must be submitted in the NYS Grants Gateway by 3:00 p.m. on August 14, 2019 (leaves DEC website).

Nassau County Back Bays Study Public Meeting

The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meetings regarding the Nassau County Back Bays Study, in conjunction with the release of the Study Status Report. The meeting is June 27, 5-7 p.m. in Long Beach. For more information, visit the Army Corps of Engineers website (leaves DEC website).

The purpose of the study is to investigate solutions to reduce damages from coastal flooding. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the study status and provide feedback.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Available

The U.S. Forest Service is accepting applications for funding for green infrastructure, forest health improvement, and coastal wetland enhancement projects in the Great Lakes Basin.

Funds will be distributed across three program areas, and include the following metrics:

  • Forest Insect and Disease Mitigation: Acres treated for mitigation of impacts or control of invasive forest insects and diseases, to enhance biodiversity and water quality.
  • Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of stormwater runoff avoided through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
  • Enhance Coastal Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in enhancing native tree and vegetation cover to improve coastal wetland function.

More information and applications are available on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Applications website (leaves DEC website). Applications are due June 28, 2019.

WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection - Ask the Expert Calls

An "Ask the Expert" call will be held to provide an overview of the WQIP Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection project type: Municipality Ask the Expert Call: Thursday, June 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. RSVP at

To join the meeting visit this Webex link, enter your name and email if requested, enter the meeting password if required (TaMshMF3), click "Join," and follow the instructions on your screen. To call in use 1-844-633-8697 and access code 648 612 584.

To learn more about WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection and the "Ask the Expert" call, view the WQIP Land Acquisition Fact Sheet (PDF).

Data Solicitation for 2020 CWA Section 303(d) List

The public is invited to provide existing and readily available water quality data and information for the 2020 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. This data solicitation period runs through September 27, 2019. View the May 1 Environmental Notice Bulletin for more information and how to submit data.

Visit DEC's NYS Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters webpage to learn more about the 303(d) list.

Hudson River Estuary Local Stewardship Planning Grants

Approximately $350,000 is now available for Local Stewardship Planning through the Hudson River Estuary Program. The competitive grants will help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed adopt conservation best management practices to increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on July 10, 2019 through the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website).

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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