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Division of Water Publications

The Division of Water protects water quality in lakes, rivers, aquifers and coastal areas by regulating wastewater discharges, monitoring waterbodies and controlling surface runoff. The Division of Water also manages the availability of freshwater resources, and help communities prevent flood damage and beach erosion. We promote water stewardship and education.

Small businesses will find the following publications of this division useful. Those that are available electronically on the DEC website are linked to the appropriate page; these publications can also be obtained by writing to:

NYSDEC
Division of Water
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233.

The publications not yet on the website are available by mail from the contact names shown in the table below.

If you have additional questions about the Division of Waters activities please call the Division office at (518) 402-8233, or contact your local DEC Regional Office.

Division of Water's Publication
Publication Description Contact Name/ Phone number
Regulations State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Description of program for wastewater permits Koon Tang
Bureau of Water Permits
(518) 402-8111
6 NYCRR Chapter X - Division of Water Resources Regulations List of Water regulations Director's Office
Division of Water (518) 402-8231
6 NYCRR Part 659 Regulations Regulations for Household Cleansing Products Ken Kosinski
Bureau of Water Resource Management
(518) 402-8110
6NYCRR Proposed Part 750 Regulations Regulations for State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Koon Tang
Bureau of Water Permits
(518) 402-8111
6 NYCRR Part 675 Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Regulations Requirements for registration of surface and groundwater withdrawals and reporting in all areas draining to the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River Richard Kruzansky
Bureau of Water Resource Management
(518) 402-8182
Floods and
Flood Insurance
Answers to Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program Pamphlet from FEMA William Nechamen
Floodplain Management
(518) 402-8146
Are You Ready for a Flood Disaster? Brochure on flood warning Flood Protection Services (Chemung River Basin) William Nechamen
Floodplain Management
(518) 402-8146
Before You Build or Buy..Is Your Property Safe from Floods? DEC brochure on determining vulnerability to flooding, insurance protection, financing, disaster relief William Nechamen
Floodplain Management
(518) 402-8146
Flood Safety Tips FEMA Brochure on safety during flooding conditions William Nechamen
Floodplain Management
(518) 402-8146
Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines (FEMA) FEMA Booklet on obligations of lenders and their servicers William Nechamen
Floodplain Management
(518) 402-8146
Floodproofing Non-Residential Structures FEMA Book on techniques to reduce flood damages to new or existing structures William Nechamen
Floodplain Management
(518) 402-8146
Dam Safety Dam Safety...Know the Potential Danger FEMA pamphlet on causes of dam failure, owner responsibilities, state contacts Alon Dominitz
Dam Safety
518-402-8130
Guidelines for Design of Dams (DEC) DEC technical guidance booklet of criteria and standards for the design of safe dams (1989) Alon Dominitz
Dam Safety
518-402-8130
An Owner's Guidance Manual for the Inspection and Maintenance of Dams in New York State DEC technical guidance manual for owners of dams Alon Dominitz
Dam Safety
518-402-8130
Great Lakes Water Use Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Registration Handbook (Agricultural Irrigators) DEC guidance for registering present or planned water withdrawal of 100,000 gallons per day for irrigation from the Great Lakes basin Richard Kruzansky
Bureau of Water Resource Management
(518) 402-8182
Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Registration Handbook (Nonagricultural) DEC guidance for registering present or planned water withdrawal of 100,000 gallons for nonagricultural use in the Great Lakes basin Richard Kruzansky
Bureau of Water Resource Management
(518) 402-8182
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
Certification Training for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators DEC brochure - schedule of training courses to certify WWTP operators Joseph DiMura
Water Compliance
518-402-8092
Non-Point Source Pollution Management Practices Catalogue for Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention and Water Quality Protection in New York State Nonpoint Source Categories included in the Catalogue
  • Hydrologic and Habitat Modification
  • Resource Extraction
  • Silviculture
  • Agriculture
  • On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems
  • Urban/StormwaterRunoff
  • Construction
  • Road and Right-of-Way Maintenance
  • Marina Operations for Existing Facilities
Tom Boekeloo
Watershed Management Bureau
518-402-8243