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Water Information for Public Officials & Municipal Employees

The information on this page are topics of interest to public officials, municipal employees and people and firms working for municipalities. This is not a comprehensive listing of all of the information available on the our web pages. The Subject Index, located at the top of the page, may be useful in finding other information.

Below you will find information on:

To speak with a DEC contact in your region, please contact your NYSDEC Regional Water Engineer.

Announcements, Public Meetings, and Hearings

Information on the Household Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law, signed into law by the Governor on July 15, 2010.

Environmental Notice Bulletins - The official, weekly publication of the NYSDEC that publishes notices required by law.

DEC Events Calendar - a listing of all DEC-sponsored events that are open to the public.

Proposed Regulations, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations - A listing and brief description of Proposed Regulations and their available comment periods, Pending Regulations, Emergency Regulatory Actions, and Recently Adopted Regulations (previous twelve months).

Pesticides Applicator Exam through the Pesticide Administration Database Portal - The schedule for pesticides applicator exams.

Joining the National Flood Insurance Program - a brief overview of the program, its purpose, eligibility, and assistance information.

Training Opportunities and Materials

Stormwater Training Calendar - Calendar of: local events, regional and statewide conferences, SUNY-ESF stormwater continuing education, and other learning opportunities.

Pesticides Applicator Requirements - Information on requirements and training for certification as a pesticides applicator.

Permits, Applications, Funding and Forms

For information on grants available through NYSDEC, visit the Grant Applications page.

Water Withdrawal Program

Permit Application Forms for Water Withdrawal - For Permits/Determinations to undertake activities affecting streams, waterways, waterbodies, wetlands, coastal areas and sources of water supply.

Water Withdrawal Permits for Non-Agricultural Facilities - Information regarding permitting of water withdrawals for non-agricultural water withdrawals.

Water Withdrawals for Agricultural Facilities - Depending on several factors, agricultural facilities may be required to register, obtain permits, and/or report water withdrawals annually.

Water Withdrawal Reporting - Additional information and Forms. Under ECL Article 15 Title 33, withdrawers of over 100,000 gallons of water per day must file an annual report to the NYS DEC. These annual reports are due on February 1st of the following year.

Notification Form for Preliminary Notice of Proposed Water Well - required for water well contractors prior to drilling a water well within NYS.

Water Quality Improvement Programs (WQIP)

Statewide WQIP Program and NYC Watershed Program - Information and applications can be found on the WQIP page. The NYC Watershed Program is continuously accepting applications.

The Statewide WQIP Program is no longer accepting applications for Round 10 projects.

Stormwater Program

Construction Stormwater Permit and Forms - General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity and the necessary forms.

MS4 Permit and Forms - General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and the necessary forms.

Multisector General Stormwater Permit and Forms - General Permit for Multi-sector Stormwater Discharges and the necessary forms.


Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) - Monthly report for individuals responsible for submitting the DMR as required by the New York State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES).

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification - Information on Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification, training, technical assistance and more.

Assistance Documents

General Information

DEC Records List - A list of types and brief descriptions of records maintained by the DEC. These records are subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The subject matter is organized by program.

Sewer Annual Flow Certification- DEC requires that each municipality annually certify the flow passing through its Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW). Information on sewer annual flow certification and the required form can be found on this page.

Regulations and Guidance

Regulatory Information

Proposed Water Regulations, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Water Regulations - A listing and detailed description of Proposed Water Regulations and their available comment periods, Pending Regulations, Emergency Regulatory Actions, and Recently Adopted Regulations (previous twelve months)

Public Water Supply Program Regulations and Recommendations - A guide to the regulations and recommendations of the Public Water Supply Program.

Regulations for Applications for Long Island Wells (link leaves DEC website) - Regulations on the permitting of wells on Long Island. These regulations differ from the rest of the state.

Guidance Documents

Floodplain Development and Floodway Guidance - This guidance document provides information for situations where development is sought and the intent is to meet the "no-rise" and/or "no adverse effect" criteria with no revision to the flood maps.

Water Conservation Manual - A "how to" guide addressing a large number of water conservation measures. It is intended to help local water supply systems comply with state legislation that requires a water conservation program as a part of any new application to NYSDEC for a Public Water Supply Permit.

Pumping Test Procedures for Water Withdrawal Applications - Water Supply Applications involving a new or additional groundwater source are required to submit pumping test results.

Water Supply Well Decommissioning Recommendations - When wells are no longer in use they must be closed in a technically correct fashion in order to prevent groundwater from being contaminated. Outreach Materials

Proper Disposal of Household Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Drugs - Information on why flushing drugs is harmful to the environment and what should be done for proper drug disposal.

Common Questions and Answers about Flood Insurance in New York State - Information and a downloadable print brochure about Flood Insurance.

Common Questions and Answers about Floodplain Construction Requirements in New York State - Information and a downloadable print brochure about Floodplain Construction Requirements.

Maps and Geographic (GIS) Data

Stormwater Interactive Map - A mapping application used to look up geographic information related to the Phase II Stormwater Program.

Google Earth Datasets - Downloadable data files that can be displayed using Google Earth. Datasets include NYS Lake Contour Maps and NYS Dams Inventory.

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