Division of Water
Mark Klotz, Director
Tom Cullen, Assistant Director
Loon Lake at sunset
Welcome to the Division of Water webpage! The Division conducts a wide variety of programs to protect and conserve New York's waters. On this page you will find information about the Division's recent activities and useful information about the Division's programs.
- What's New in the Division of Water
- Articles about water by DEC Staff
- Division Web Pages
- Mission Statement
What's New in the Division of Water?
The Division of Water uses this page to highlight new water-related information that we think may interest you. 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. This page is updated weekly. Topics on this page are announced via the MakingWaves email list.
You can subscribe to MakingWaves and other DEC-related topics by visiting DEC's email update webpage. If you already receive updates from DEC, you can manage your subscription on this page too.
Frequently Asked Questions about WQIP Grant Program
The Frequently Asked Questions webpage for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) grant program has been updated with new questions and answers covering topics such as whether applicants could receive more than one grant award from this program and whether eligible projects completed prior to the release of the Round 11 application can be funded.
DEC is accepting applications for the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) grant program until Friday, December 13, 2013.
Reminder: Application Deadline for WQIP Grant Program
DEC is accepting applications for the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) grant program. Applications must be postmarked by December 13, 2013.
More about the WQIP grant program
WQIP is a competitive, reimbursement grant program funded primarily by the Environmental Protection Fund and NY Works II. It supports projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality, and restore habitat in New York's waterbodies.
Eligible applicants are: Municipalities; soil and water conservation districts; and non-profit organizations.
Eligible projects include: Statewide nonpoint source abatement and control; municipal wastewater treatment; aquatic habitat restoration; and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase II stormwater implementation.
Recipients can be reimbursed up to 85% of the project costs, depending on the type of project.
2012-2013 SPDES Compliance & Enforcement Annual Report
The Division of Water has released its 2012-2013 annual compliance and enforcement report.
The report details activities of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit Program for the period April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
How do I get a copy of the annual report?
Annual reports from 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and now 2012-2013 are on the DEC SPDES Compliance & Enforcement webpage as PDF files. Links to the reports are in the "Important Links" section of the right-hand column of that page.
New Whey Management Webpage
DEC has created a new webpage describing management of whey for agriculture to help New Yorkers understand what whey is, and how it is managed and regulated in New York State.
More about whey in New York
Whey is a byproduct of the process of making cheese and yogurt (including Greek yogurt) from milk. Large quantities of whey can pose a risk to the environment if not properly managed. DEC works with NYSERDA, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Cornell University to manage whey.
New Invasive Species Regulations
DEC, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Markets, is proposing new regulations to help control invasive species, including aquatic invasive species, and will accept comments until December 23, 2013. The new regulations are intended to reduce the introduction of new and the spread of existing invasive species in New York State.
In addition to the public comment period, four public hearings will be held: Buffalo (12/10/2013), Syracuse (12/11/2013), Albany (12/16/2013) and Stony Brook (12/17/2013).
More information is available on the Division of Lands and Forests proposed regulations webpage and in the October 23 Environmental Notice Bulletin.
Applications Available for 2014 N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship
The application period for the 2014 N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship is now open. Applications are due to the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) by February 28, 2014. 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 2014, 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.
Articles about Water by DEC Staff
Division of Water employees regularly write articles for the magazine Clearwaters, the quarterly publication of the New York Water Environment Association. The Articles about Water by DEC Staff webpage houses these, and other, water-related articles written by DOW staff and others in DEC. Visit it often to see additional articles that will be posted.
Division Web Pages
The Division of Water's information on the web falls mainly into one of the two following locations:
- Water Pollution Control - Information, guidance material and forms on the various 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
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.
More about Division of Water :
- Facts about New York State Waters - Information about the waters of New York State
- Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety - The Bureau's contacts and mission with a listing of the various Sections
- Bureau of Water Assessment Management - Programs and functions of the Bureau of Water Management and Assessment
- Bureau of Water Permits - Programs and functions of the Bureau of Water Permits
- Bureau of Water Compliance - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Water Compliance Home Page.
- Bureau of Water Resource Management - Programs and functions of the Bureau of Water Resource Management.