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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.

Treated Wastewater Reuse Roadmap Developed

The Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) Water Reuse workgroup recently published a "Treated Wastewater Reuse Roadmap" (PDF, 634 KB) that will help municipalities and engineering and consulting firms navigate DEC's permitting and regulatory process for projects involving treated wastewater effluent reuse. The interactive roadmap was developed in response to a recommendation by the workgroup, which had been tasked with investigating wastewater reuse as a possible means of achieving additional nitrogen removal prior to effluent discharge to groundwater and surface waters on Long Island.

Properly treated wastewater effluent has been reused around the country and the world to achieve water conservation and environmental protection goals, such as reducing pressure on local water supplies, replenishing aquifers, and reducing nutrient inputs to surface waters and groundwater. Facilitating wider adoption of this practice for additional nitrogen removal is an early action item in the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan.

DEC and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announce Grant Awards from Coney Island Creek Environmental Benefit Project Fund

DEC has announced grant awards from the Coney Island Creek Environmental Benefit Project Fund. DEC established the fund to support projects in the Coney Island Creek community from enforcement actions involving illicit sewage discharges into the Coney Island Creek watershed. The grants will support four organizations committed to environmental stewardship. For more information, including a list of awarded projects, view DEC's November 27 press release.

EFC Provides Financing for New York City Water Quality Improvement

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has announced a total of $518.7 million in long-term low-interest financial assistance has been provided for water quality improvement projects in New York City in 2018.

In November 2018, the EFC Board of Directors approved $195.3 million in long-term low-interest financing for the City's Croton Filtration Plan and $323.4 million in long-term low-interest financing for improvements at wastewater treatment facilities throughout New York City. These projects will enhance New York City's efforts to provide safe and reliable clean water systems.

For the 2018 federal fiscal year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allotted New York State $177.2 million for wastewater and water quality-related projects under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $45.4 million for the State's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

For more information, visit EFC's website (Links Leaving DEC's Website).

Environmental Excellence Awards Winners Announced

DEC has recognized six organizations for five state-of-the-art programs and their commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability at the 15th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards celebration, held at Skidmore College.

The 2018 winners are:

  • Gore Mountain's Commitment to Solar and Sustainability (Warren County)
  • Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (Nassau County)
  • I Love My Park Day: Parks and Trails NY in partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Albany County)
  • Stony Brook University Hospital Sustainability Program (Suffolk County)
  • Suffolk County Community College Sustainability Program (Suffolk County)

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2019 Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program is now accepting applications. The program will award approximately $1.7 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, 2019. A link with more information is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website section" on the right side of this page.

We All Live in a Watershed Poster Contest

DEC and the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) are sponsoring a "We All Live in a Watershed" poster contest that is open to all middle school students. Fourteen winners will have the honor in having their artwork in a calendar which will be distributed across New York State. The deadline for submitting posters is January 11, 2019. More information is available on DEC's We All Live in a Watershed Poster Contest webpage.

Emerging Contaminants Project Planning Grants

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) has announced the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding to municipalities to help pay for the planning and development of eligible drinking water infrastructure projects that protect public health by removing or otherwise addressing emerging contaminants such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and 1,4-dioxane (an Emerging Contaminants Project). Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided to fund engineering reports for Emerging Contaminants Projects.

Applications must be submitted to: EmergingContaminants@efc.ny.gov by 5:00 PM on December 14, 2018.

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).

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).

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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