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Technical & Operational Guidance Series (TOGS)

1.0 SPDES

1.1 Standards

1.1.1 Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Values and Groundwater Effluent Limitations (PDF)
June 1998 Edition (348 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $15.50.
January 1999 Errata Sheet (PDF) (8 kB)
April 2000 Addendum (PDF) (96 kB)
June 2004 Addendum (PDF) (49 kB)

1.1.3 Procedures for Derivation of Site-Specific Standards and Guidance Values for Protection of Aquatic Life (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (73 kB)
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1.1.4 Procedures for Derivation of Bioaccumulation Factors (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (52 kB)
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1.1.5 Procedures for Deriving Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Values for the Protection of Wildlife (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (126 kB)
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1.1.6 Interpretation Guidance for Marine Dissolved Oxygen (D.O.) Standard (PDF)
November 2008 Edition (543 kB)
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1.2 Permit Administration

1.2.1 Industrial Permit Writing (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (373 kB)
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1.2.2 Administrative Procedures and Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy For Individual SPDES Permits (PDF)
January 25, 2012 Edition (533 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $9.25

1.2.3 Decentralization of Technical Permit Drafting Authority (PDF)
April 1990 Edition (11 kB)
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1.2.4 Individual Sewage Treatment System Discharges to Surface Waters (PDF)
October 1990 Edition (10 kB)
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1.3 Permit Development

1.3.1 Total Maximum Daily Loads & Water Quality-Based Effluent Limits (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (60 kB)
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1.3.1A Amendment - Organic Substances (PDF)
July 1996 Edition (10 kB)
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1.3.1B Amendment - Low & Intermittent Flow Streams (PDF)
July 1996 Edition (23 kB)
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1.3.1C Amendment - Metals (PDF)
July 1996 Edition (10 kB)
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1.3.1D Amendment - Waste Assimilation Capacity Determinations for Isolated Wastewater Discharges in Fresh Water Streams (PDF)
July 1996 Edition (30 kB)
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1.3.1E Amendment - Permit Limit Development for Certain Parameters (PDF)
July 1996 Edition (29 kB)
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1.3.2 Toxicity Testing in the SPDES Program (PDF)
January 2008 Edition (198 kB)
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1.3.3 SPDES Permit Development for POTWs (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (193 kB)
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1.3.4 BPJ Methodologies
April 1987 Edition Superceded by TOGS 1.2.1

1.3.4. A BPJ Methodologies/Amendments
November 1988 Edition Deleted

1.3.5 Waste Assimilation Capacity Determinations for Isolated Wastewater Discharges in Fresh Water Streams (PDF)
October 1990 Edition (2.44 mB)
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1.3.6 Phosphorus Removal Requirements for Wastewater Discharges to Lakes & Lake Watersheds (PDF)
December 1988 Edition (1.2 mB)
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1.3.7 Analytical Detectability & Quantitation Guidelines for Selected Environmental Parameters (PDF)
July 1990 Edition (434 kB)
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1.3.8 New Discharges to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (PDF)
October 1994 Edition (3.3 mB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $13.50

1.3.9 Implementation of the NYSDEC Antidegradation Policy - Great Lakes Basin (Supplement to Antidegradation Policy dated Sept. 9, 1985) (PDF)
February 1998 Edition (111 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $1.75

1.3.10 Mercury - SPDES Permitting, Multiple Discharge Variance, and Water Quality Monitoring (PDF)
October 2010 Edition (687 kB)

1.4 Compliance

1.4.1 Integrated Compliance Strategy System (PDF)
June 1996 Edition (898 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $1.25

1.4.2 Compliance/Enforcement of SPDES Permits (PDF)
June 2010 Edition (690 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost (TBD)

1.4.7 Sewer Moratorium on New Connections to POTWs (PDF)
March 1988 Edition (254 kB)
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1.6 Temporary/Intermittent Discharges

1.6.2 Bypasses (PDF)
November 1988 Edition (265 kB)
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1.6.3 Combined Sewer Overflows (PDF)
October 1993 Edition (2.91 mB)
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2.0 Groundwater

2.1.1 Groundwater Contamination Remediation Strategy (PDF)
December 1990 Edition (510 kB)
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2.1.2 UIR at Groundwater Remediation Sites (PDF)
July 1990 Edition (190 kB)
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2.1.3 Primary and Principal Aquifers Determinations (PDF)
October 1990 Edition (357 kB)
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3.0 Water Quantity

3.1 Flood Protection

3.1.1 Ice Jam Problems (PDF)
December 1990 Edition (278 kB)
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3.1.2 Dam Safety Inspection & Remediation Procedures (PDF)
December 1990 Edition (362 kB)
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3.1.4 Guidance for Dam Engineering Assessment Reports (PDF)
September 2010 Edition (275 kB)
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3.2 Water Supply

3.2.1 Public Water Supply Permits Program Application Processing 12/90 Ed. (PDF) (1.39 mB)
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3.2.2 Engineer's Reports; Applications for Water Supply and L.I. Well Permits (PDF)
August 1990 Edition (462 kB)
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5.0 Other Technical Subjects

5.1.2 Plans Prepared by Land Surveyors (PDF)
April 1990 Edition (218 kB)
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5.1.3 Investigation of Agricultural Sources of Water Pollution (PDF)
July 1996 Edition (350 kB)
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5.1.4 Official County & Minor Civil Divisions Population Projections (PDF)
October 1990 Edition (151 kB)
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5.1.5 Bridge Scraping and Painting (PDF)
October 1990 Edition (943 kB)
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5.1.6 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification (PDF)
June 1998 Edition (140 kB)
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5.1.7 Storage & Use of Highway Salt and Salt/Sand Mixtures (PDF)
January 1989 Edition (742 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $1.00

5.1.8 New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual
April 2008 Edition
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5.1.9 In-Water and Riparian Management of Sediment and Dredged Material (PDF)
November 2004 Edition (821 kB)
Print Copy from DEC Cost $21.50

5.1.10 New York Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Controls
August 2005 Edition
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Ordering Information:

The cost of 1 complete set on CD ROM is $5.00.

The cost of 1 complete set on paper (hardcopy) is $127.00.

Make check payable to: NYS DEC.

Mail to: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12233-3500 (Attn: Robert Simson)

Please note: As a result of reorganization within NYS DEC, the Bulk Storage TOGS (4.1.1 through 4.1.13) were transferred from the Division of Water to the Division of Environmental Remediation. Therefore, they are not included in the above list of TOGS documents.

The former Bulk Storage TOGS have been renamed SPOTS (Spill Prevention Operational and Technical Series). Copies can be obtained by going to the Bulk Storage Guidance Documents page.