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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.


CWA CAFO General Permit GP-04-02 (PDF, 187 KB). The permit was initially issued for a five-year term, with an effective date of July 1, 2004 and an expiration date of June 30, 2009, but has been administratively extended.


The CAFO Annual Compliance Report can be completed online through the NYSDEC eBusiness Forms Portal.(leaves DEC's website) Users must be registered with 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 CWA CAFO permit:

  • Notice of Intent or Transfer (PDF, 172 KB) - The NOI is a request for coverage under the ECL CAFO general permit. A completed NOI must be submitted to DEC in order to gain coverage under this permit, or whenever the facility is transferred to another legally responsible party.
  • Notice of Termination (PDF, 137 KB) - The NOT is a request to terminate coverage under the CWA CAFO general permit.

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