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Pesticide General Permit

State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Point Source Discharges to Surface Waters of New York State from Pesticide Applications Permit No. GP-0-16-005

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) renewed the SPDES General Permit for Point Source Discharges to Surface Waters of New York State from Pesticide Applications Permit No. GP-0-16-005. This General Permit, GP-0-16-005 shall be effective from November 9, 2016 to October 31, 2021. Eligibility criteria are contained within Part I of the General Permit.

A notice of draft permits was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on April 20, 2016. This project is a Type II Action pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Gaining Permit Authorization

In order to gain authorization under the SPDES General Permit for Point Source Discharges to Surface Waters of New York State for Pesticide Applications, an operator must:

  1. Obtain any other relevant permits, which may include:
    • Bureau of Pest Management Article 15 Permit
    • Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands Permit
  2. Develop the Pesticide Discharge Management Plan (PDMP)
  3. Submit a completed Notice of Intent for the SPDES Pesticide General Permit (GP-0-16-005) to the Department. Please note that submittal of the electronic NOI (eNOI) will result in quicker authorization (5 days) than the submittal of a paper NOI (20 days), due to additional processing required for paper documents.

GP-0-16-005 Documents

2016 Pesticide General Permit (GP-0-16-005) (PDF) (329 KB)

2016 Modified Pesticide General Permit (GP-0-16-005) Fact Sheet (PDF) (55 KB)

2016 Responsiveness Summary for GP-0-16-005 (PDF) (235 KB)

Online e-Notice Of Intent - Available soon.

Paper Notice Of Intent - NOI for SPDES Pesticide General Permit GP-0-16-005 (PDF) (60 KB)

NOI Supplement - Waterbody Information Table (MS Excel) (47 KB)

Paper Notice of Termination - NOT for SPDES Pesticide General Permit GP-0-16-005 (PDF) (64 KB)

Pesticide Discharge Management Plan (PDMP) (MS Word) (70 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Two "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) documents are provided in the following links. The first provides general information on the permit and the second provides specific information on completing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to obtain coverage under the permit. Both FAQ's may be of interest to all operators and aquatic pesticide applicators.

FAQ for NOI Completion for the Pesticide General Permit (PDF) (41 KB)

FAQ for NYS SPDES Pesticide General Permit (PDF) (56 KB)

For any further information please send a request to the address below:

Thomas Boekeloo
NYS DEC - Division of Water,
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3505

Pesticide General Permit email
Phone: (518) 402 -8111

This General Permit is required and authorizes coverage for point source discharges resulting from any application of a pesticide labeled for aquatic uses directly to, in, or over a surface water of New York. This General Permit is not required and will not authorize coverage for other pesticide uses not included in this eligibility, as described in Part I of the General Permit.

The NYSDEC continues to reserve the right to require any applicant seeking or maintaining coverage under this General Permit, GP-0-16-005 to apply for an individual SPDES permit.