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.
Comment Period for Draft 2014 303(d) List
The Draft 2014 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters is available for public comment. The Division of Water will accept comments until close of business on March 14, 2014.
The Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters identifies waterbodies that do not support their designated best use. The list is updated every two years and DEC must submit a new list to EPA by April 1, 2014.
New York is also revising its Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology and will accept comments on the revisions. The Assessment Methodology outlines how waterbodies are evaluated by DEC to determine the degree of use support and the Listing Methodology outlines the criteria DEC uses to determine which waterbodies are to be included in the 303(d) List.
How do I comment on the Section 303(d) List and the CALM?
Instructions for submitting comments are in the January 29 Environmental Notice Bulletin. Scroll down to the header "Draft 2014 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters."
New Sanitary Sewer Overflow Webpage
DEC has developed a new webpage with information about Sanitary Sewer Overflows, which are discharges of raw sewage from sewer systems. The new page includes a description of sanitary sewer overflows, their causes and ways to eliminate them.
Updated Design Standards for Intermediate-Sized Wastewater Treatment Systems
DEC has updated the design standards for intermediate-sized wastewater treatment systems in New York. The standards provide guidance on designing wastewater treatment plants to comply with New York State SPDES regulations.
Note: The updated standards currently apply only to individual municipal, private, commercial and institutional SPDES wastewater permits. The previous standards (published in 1988) still apply to facilities covered by the Private/Commercial/Institutional SPDES General Permit (GP-0-05-001), until the P/C/I General Permit is reissued.
Update to Sewage Discharge Reporting Toolbox Webpage
The Sewage Discharge Reporting Toolbox has been updated with new information in the "Troubleshooting and Common Questions" section that describes how sewage discharge reporting requirements have changed under the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law.
The toolbox contains forms, guidance and resources to help publicly owned treatment works and publicly owned sewer systems comply with the law.
2013 Blue-Green Algae Bloom Information Archived
Blue-green algae bloom information from 2013 has been summarized and moved to the Archived Blue-Green Algae Bloom Notices webpage. The summary shows the date each waterbody was first listed, the date it was archived and the number of weeks it was on the notification list.
Blue-green algae may still occur during the fall and winter; we recommend that people, pets and livestock avoid contact with discolored water and continue to report blooms to DEC.
Western NY Stormwater Conference & Tradeshow
The Western New York Stormwater Conference and Tradeshow will be held in Buffalo on March 19.
Conference topics include green infrastructure, funding opportunities, and municipal stormwater permit compliance. Exhibitors will showcase the latest in stormwater technology, design, equipment, and compliance assistance.
Registration is required. For more information, visit the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning's website. A direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page.
Comment Period for New York City MS4 Permit
DEC has released a draft permit for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) owned or operated by the City of New York and will accept comments until close of business on March 7, 2014.
This permit will authorize stormwater discharges from the separate storm sewer system within the City of New York in a way that protects and improves water quality.
Comment Period for New Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement
The Chesapeake Bay Program is developing a new agreement to guide restoration efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and will accept comments on the current draft until March 17, 2014.
The states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. are invited to sign the new agreement because the Chesapeake Bay watershed covers some or all of those states.
Instructions for commenting on the new agreement are in the Chesapeake Bay Program's January 29 press release. A direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page.
Water Week to be Celebrated in New York May 4-10 in 2014
Celebrating Water Week in New York has been an annual tradition since 1985. It is a time to focus on our wealth of water in this state and find ways to help protect, restore and conserve it. Water Week is being announced early so that you can begin planning a water-related event or activity to be conducted in your community in May. Find ideas on the Watershed Stewardship and Local Watershed Association webpages.
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 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.