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Clean Water Act CAFO General Permit

The Clean Water Act (CWA) CAFO General Permit is a general permit issued pursuant to the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and the federal Clean Water Act for CAFO operations that may discharge in storms greater than the 25-year/24-hour storm. If you have questions about the CAFO permit program, please contact Doug Ashline at 518-402-8086 or send your question via email.

Pursuant to the April 23, 2018 and June 1, 2018 decisions of the Albany County Supreme Court in Riverkeeper Inc., et al., v. NYSDEC et al., the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued a new Clean Water Act (CWA) SPDES General Permit for CAFOs (GP-0-19-001) with an effective date of July 9, 2019.

Clean Water Act (CWA) SPDES General Permit GP-0-19-001

Construction of a point source that is designed, constructed, operated and maintained to discharge manure or process wastewater must seek coverage under GP-0-19-001 and must obtain coverage prior to operation of the CAFO facility.

Owners or operators of CAFOs eligible to be covered by GP-0-19-001 must submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) and Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) to the Department for approval. The Department recommends submission of the NOI and the NMP at least 60 calendar days before the effective date of GP-0-19-001 in order to allow time for the public noticing process.

Availability of Application Documents: The Notice of Intent (NOI) and the Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) will be made available to the public electronically. The availability of the NOI and NMP will be noticed in the Environmental Notice Bulletin, http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/enb.html. Other questions regarding the availability of application documents should be addressed to the contact person listed below.

Contact Person:

Douglas Ashline
NYSDEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-3505
Phone: (518) 402-8247
E-mail: cafoinfo@dec.ny.gov

Permit

CWA CAFO General Permit GP-0-19-001 (PDF, 852 KB) - The permit was issued on January 28, 2019, with an effective date of July 9, 2019 and an expiration date of July 23, 2022.

Forms

The CAFO Annual Compliance Report can be completed online through the eBusiness Forms Portal (leaves DEC's website). Users must be registered with NY.gov in order to use this system. User guides and help on registering for the portal are available on the portal information webpage.

The following forms are needed to comply with the requirements of the ECL CAFO general permit:

  • Notice of Termination (PDF, 51 KB) - The NOT is a request to terminate coverage under the CWA CAFO general permit.
  • Annual Compliance Report - The ACR must be submitted to DEC by March 31 of each year and must describe facility operations from the previous calendar year. The ACR can be completed either online or in paper format.
    • Online ACR: The online ACR is completed through DEC'S eBusiness Forms Portal Users must be registered with NY.gov in order to use this system. User guides and help on registering for the portal are available on the portal information webpage.
    • CAFO CNMP Planner Certification Form (PDF, 103 KB) for the eAnnual Compliance Report - This form is used as part of the "Required CNMP Components" section when preparing and submitting the eAnnual Compliance Report. This form is not used if submitting the paper version of the ACR.
    • CAFO CNMP Owner/Operator Certification Form (PDF, 101 KB) for the eAnnual Compliance Report - This form is used as part of the "Owner/Operator Certification" section when preparing and submitting the eAnnual Compliance Report. This form is not used if submitting the paper version of the ACR.
    • Paper ACR (PDF, 72 KB)
  • Change of Operation Form (PDF, 58 KB) - The Change of Operation form must be submitted to DEC whenever a facility is transferred to another legally responsible party.
  • Incident Report Form (PDF, 57 KB) - This form must be submitted to DEC in accordance with the timeframes specified in the permit whenever a discharge from the CAFO causes a water quality violation, an overflow occurs from a waste storage structure, or any of the conditions related to the discharge of Non-Contact Cooling Water are not met.

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