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DOW Library and Additional Information

Division of Water employees have authored and contributed to many publications about water resources, including publications about SPDES, CAFOs, stormwater, green infrastructure and watershed monitoring.

Selected publications are organized by topic area.

ClearWaters Columns

The Division of Water regularly contributes a column, "Water Views" in the magazine, Clear Waters, the quarterly publication of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA).

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)

DEC regulates discharges from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in order to protect water quality.

Dams & Flood Protection

The dam safety and flood control programs help to minimize the damages from flooding.

Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is an approach to managing stormwater runoff while maintaining or restoring green features such as stream buffers, floodplains, rain gardens, porous pavements, and many more. Several examples can be found on the Green Infrastructure Examples for Stormwater Management in the Hudson Valley webpage.

State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES)

The SPDES program is a permit-based program that limits the levels of pollutants permittees are allowed to discharge to the waters of New York State. Enforcing the permitted discharge levels is vital to protecting water quality and controling invasive species.

Manual for Completing the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR)

Stormwater / Floods

The stormwater program works with municipalities and permittees to reduce the impact of pollution conveyed by stormwater on the waters of New York.

Watersheds, Lakes, Rivers

These articles are on topics related to the management, monitoring and assessment of New York's 17 watersheds. For data and reports on specific watersheds, visit our Watersheds webpage.

Diet for a Small Lake: The Expanded Guide to New York Lake and Watershed Management

My Poor Little Lake (PDF, 3.5 MB) -- Article in April 2014 Conservationist magazine about harmful blue-green algae in lakes in New York, with a focus on Chautauqua Lake in western New York.