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Bureau of Water Permits

Koon Tang, Bureau Director
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3505

Barbara Horton, Secretary
(518) 402-8111

General Permits Section

Carol Lamb-Lafay, Section Chief
(518) 402-8123

Containing stormwater runoff from a construction site
Containing Stormwater Runoff
from a Construction Site
  • SPDES Phase II General Permits for Stormwater Discharges from:
    • Construction Activity (Permit Number: GP-0-10-001)
    • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
      (Permit Number: GP-0-10-002)
  • SPDES Phase II Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Stormwater
    Discharges associated with Industrial Activity except construction activity
    (Permit Number: GP-0-06-002)
  • Manages DEC stormwater training (including DEC endorsed, 4-hour Erosion and Sediment Control Training required by GP-0-10-001), and maintains the Stormwater Training Calendar web page

Tech Support & General Permit Section

OPEN, Section Chief
(518) 402-8111

  • SPDES General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) (Permit Number: GP-0-09-001)
  • SPDES General Permit for Private, Commercial or Institutional (PCI) Facilities discharging 1,000 to 10,000 gallons per day of sanitary waste to groundwater (Permit Number: GP-0-05-001)
  • SPDES General Permit for Point Source Discharges to Surface Waters of New York State From Pesticide Applications (Permit Number: GP-0-11-001)
  • Vessel General Permit required for most commercial vessels greater than 79 feet in length that operate in US waters. The VGP regulates 26 different discharges from vessels that are incidental to the normal operation of a vessel

This group is also responsible for oversight of the Division's data systems and equipment. The technological advances of the web have made e-mail a primary method of communication both internally and externally. The Division relies upon electronic media for communication, data transfer, education, and outreach with regulated entities, federal, state local governmental agencies, and the general public. The group's responsibilities include:

  • GIS technical assistance, training, and troubleshooting
  • DOW internal and external webpage support, maintenance, and quality control
  • Electronic document storage
  • Maintenance, training, and support of data systems and information
  • Management of DOW's IT budget
  • Represent DOW on DEC corporate data committees and task forces
  • Oversee use and training of data equipment for DOW

Wastewater Permits

Combined Sewer Overflow flotation capture
Combined Sewer Overflow
Flotation Capture

Regions 2 - 6

Shayne Mitchell, Section Chief
(518) 402-8125

Regions 1, 7 - 9

Brian Baker, Section Chief
(518) 402-8124

  • Wastewater Treatment System Approval
  • Municipal SPDES Permits
  • Industrial SPDES Permits
  • Article X - New Large Power Plants
  • Combined Sewer Overflows
  • Sanitary Sewer Overflows
  • Technical Assistance On Permit Development
  • Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS)
  • SPDES Permit Data Systems
  • SPDES Regulatory Fee System