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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, 348 KB)
June 1998 Edition
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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, 73 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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1.1.4 Procedures for Derivation of Bioaccumulation Factors (PDF, 52 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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1.1.5 Procedures for Deriving Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Values for the Protection of Wildlife (PDF, 126 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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1.1.6 Interpretation Guidance for Marine Dissolved Oxygen (D.O.) Standard (PDF, 543 KB)
November 2008 Edition
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1.2 Permit Administration

1.2.1 Industrial Permit Writing (PDF, 373 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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1.2.2 Administrative Procedures and Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy For Individual SPDES Permits (PDF, 533 KB)
January 25, 2012 Edition
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1.2.3 Decentralization of Technical Permit Drafting Authority (PDF, 11 KB)
April 1990 Edition
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1.2.4 Individual Sewage Treatment System Discharges to Surface Waters (PDF, 10 KB)
October 1990 Edition
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1.3 Permit Development

1.3.1 Total Maximum Daily Loads & Water Quality-Based Effluent Limits (PDF, 60 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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1.3.1A Amendment - Organic Substances (PDF, 10 KB)
July 1996 Edition
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1.3.1B Amendment - Low & Intermittent Flow Streams (PDF, 23 KB)
July 1996 Edition
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1.3.1C Amendment - Metals (PDF, 10 KB)
July 1996 Edition
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1.3.1D Amendment - Waste Assimilation Capacity Determinations for Isolated Wastewater Discharges in Fresh Water Streams (PDF, 30 KB)
July 1996 Edition
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1.3.1E Amendment - Permit Limit Development for Certain Parameters (PDF, 29 KB)
July 1996 Edition
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1.3.2 Toxicity Testing in the SPDES Program (PDF, 198 KB)
January 2008 Edition
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1.3.3 SPDES Permit Development for POTWs (PDF, 193 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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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, 2.44 KB)
October 1990 Edition
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1.3.6 Phosphorus Removal Requirements for Wastewater Discharges to Lakes & Lake Watersheds (PDF, 1.2 MB)
December 1988 Edition
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1.3.7 Analytical Detectability & Quantitation Guidelines for Selected Environmental Parameters (PDF, 434 KB)
July 1990 Edition
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1.3.8 New Discharges to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (PDF, 3.3 MB)
October 1994 Edition
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1.3.9 Implementation of the NYSDEC Antidegradation Policy - Great Lakes Basin (Supplement to Antidegradation Policy dated Sept. 9, 1985) (PDF, 111 KB)
February 1998 Edition
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1.3.10 Mercury - SPDES Permitting, Multiple Discharge Variance, and Water Quality Monitoring (PDF, 927 KB)
October 2015 Edition

1.3.12 Incorporation of Flow-Related Conditions in Water Withdrawal Permits (PDF, 1 MB)
April 12, 2017
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1.4 Compliance

1.4.1 Integrated Compliance Strategy System (PDF, 898 KB)
June 1996 Edition
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1.4.2 Compliance/Enforcement of SPDES Permits (PDF, 690 KB)
June 2010 Edition
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1.4.7 Sewer Moratorium on New Connections to POTWs (PDF, 254 KB)
March 1988 Edition
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1.6 Temporary/Intermittent Discharges

1.6.2 Bypasses (PDF, 265 KB)
November 1988 Edition
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1.6.3 Combined Sewer Overflows (PDF, 2.91 MB)
October 1993 Edition
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2.0 Groundwater

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

3.1 Flood Protection

3.1.1 Ice Jam Problems (PDF, 278 KB)
December 1990 Edition
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3.1.2 Dam Safety Inspection & Remediation Procedures (PDF, 362 KB)
December 1990 Edition
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3.1.3 Emergency Action Plans For Dams (PDF, 1 MB)
December 2012 Edition
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3.1.4 Guidance for Dam Engineering Assessment Reports (PDF, 275 KB)
September 2010 Edition
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3.2 Water Supply

3.2.1 Processing Water Withdrawal Permit Applications - May 25, 2017 (PDF, 2.76 MB)
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3.2.2 Engineer's Reports; Applications for Water Supply and L.I. Well Permits (PDF, 462 KB)
August 1990 Edition
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5.0 Other Technical Subjects

5.1.2 Plans Prepared by Land Surveyors (PDF, 218 KB)
April 1990 Edition
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5.1.3 Investigation of Agricultural Sources of Water Pollution (PDF, 350 KB)
July 1996 Edition
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5.1.4 Official County & Minor Civil Divisions Population Projections (PDF, 151 KB)
October 1990 Edition
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5.1.5 Bridge Scraping and Painting (PDF, 943 KB)
October 1990 Edition
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5.1.6 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification (PDF, 140 KB)
June 1998 Edition
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5.1.7 Storage & Use of Highway Salt and Salt/Sand Mixtures (PDF, 742 KB)
January 1989 Edition
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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, 821 KB)
November 2004 Edition
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5.1.10 New York Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Controls
August 2005 Edition
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5.1.11 Snow Disposal (PDF, 216 KB)
July 2017 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: Michelle Tompkins)

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.