Great Lakes Water Withdrawal & Registration
In 1989 the Legislature passed the Great Lakes Water Conservation and Management Act. The Act placed certain requirements on the public who withdraw large amounts of Great Lakes Basin water.
New Water Resources Law
A new state-wide water resources law went into effect on February 15, 2012. This law supercedes the previous Great Lakes Water Registration Program.
The law requires a DEC permit for water withdrawal systems having the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day (gpd) or more of surface water or groundwater with some exceptions.
The law also requires annual water use reporting and statewide registration of existing agricultural withdrawals that are greater than 100,000 gpd (30 day average) and major basin water diversions of greater than 1,000,000 gpd. To see the law, click the link titled "New Water Resources Law" in the right hand margin of this page. For more information on the program, please go to the Water Withdrawal, Conservation & Drought pages.
More about Great Lakes Water Withdrawal & Registration:
- Definitions For Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Registration - Definitions for the Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Registration Program
- Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Registration and Reporting Forms - Instructions to follow to furnish additional supporting information
- Agricultural Irrigators Decision Tree - Decision tree for agricultural withdrawals in Great Lakes Basin.
- Non-Agricultural Irrigators Decision Tree - Non-agricultural irrigators decision tree to determine if registration is needed in Great Lakes program.
- Determining Agricultural Water Loss In The Great Lakes Basin - How to Determine Agricultural Water Loss in the Great Lakes Basin.
- Determining Non-Agricultural Water Loss in the Great Lakes Basin - How to determine a nonagricultural water loss
- How To Estimate Non-Agricultural Water Withdrawal - How to Estimate Nonagricultural Water Withdrawal
- Counties, Cities, Townships, And Villages In The Great Lakes Drainage Basin - List of Counties, Cities, Townships, and Villages in the Great Lakes Drainage Basin