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Mark Klotz, Director
Tom Cullen, Assistant Director

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Welcome to the Division of Water webpage! The Division conducts a variety of programs to protect and conserve New York's waters. On this page you will find information about the Division's programs and recent activities.

What's New in the Division of Water?

The Division of Water uses this page to highlight water-related information that we think may interest you. This page is updated weekly and topics are typically posted here for about 30 days. If a topic has a specific end date (such as a public comment period or an event), the description is removed after the end date.

Consolidated Funding Application Open

Applications are now being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaves DEC website) until 4 p.m. on July 26, 2019. The Division of Water has three grant programs available in the CFA:

Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP)

WQIP funds implementation projects to address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source. Eligible project types include wastewater treatment improvement, non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, land acquisition for source water protection, salt storage, aquatic connectivity restoration, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and project type descriptions, view the WQIP Round 16 Program Overview (PDF).

Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG)

EPG funds production of an engineering report for eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund water quality wastewater projects. For full program details and requirements, view the EPG Round 9 Program Overview (PDF). DEC offers this opportunity in partnership with the Environmental Facilities Corporation.

NEW! Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning Grant (NPG)

New this year, NPG funds production of planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects. For full program details and requirements, including eligible grant categories, view the NPG Program Overview (PDF).

Other Funding Opportunities

Prospective applicants should also view the 2019 Available CFA Resources guide on the CFA webpage (leaves DEC website) for other water resource and environment-related funding programs available through the CFA.

Workshops

Multiple workshops on grant programs offered through the CFA are being held around the state. The next workshops are scheduled for May 21 in New York City and May 22 in Geneseo (links leave DEC website).

Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced (leaves DEC website) $4.3 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants is available to help communities across New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution. Past funded projects include environmental research, community gardens, tree plantings, education and curriculum development, urban farming, habitat restoration, green infrastructure, and air and water quality monitoring. For more information visit DEC's Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants webpage. Applications are due June 14, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Available

The U.S. Forest Service is accepting applications for funding for green infrastructure, forest health improvement, and coastal wetland enhancement projects in the Great Lakes Basin.

Funds will be distributed across three program areas, and include the following metrics:

  • Forest Insect and Disease Mitigation: Acres treated for mitigation of impacts or control of invasive forest insects and diseases, to enhance biodiversity and water quality.
  • Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure: Gallons of stormwater runoff avoided through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation.
  • Enhance Coastal Wetland Filtration: Acres treated in enhancing native tree and vegetation cover to improve coastal wetland function.

More information and applications are available on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Request for Applications website (leaves DEC website). Applications are due June 28, 2019.

National Marine Sanctuary Designation Process for Eastern Lake Ontario

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is initiating a process to consider designating a portion of eastern Lake Ontario in New York as a national marine sanctuary. The designation will protect historically significant shipwrecks and maritime heritage resources. Local communities in the region nominated the area for designation in accordance with section 304(a) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, as amended, based on the area's qualities and boundaries. View the notice in the federal register, or the nomination and related documents (links leave DEC website).

The process of designating this area will follow the National Environmental Policy Act and includes opportunities for public comment at public meetings or in writing:

  • June 10, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fair Haven Fire Hall, 14447 Fair Haven Rd., Sterling, NY 13156
  • June 11, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m., Emergency Operations Center, 7376 Route 31, Lyons, NY 14489
  • June 12, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m., the Lake Ontario Conference Center, 26 East 1st St., Oswego, NY 13126
  • June 13, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m., Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Jules Center, Room 6-002, Watertown, NY 13601

Comments may be submitted electronically via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal (click the ``Comment Now!'' icon) (leaves DEC website).

WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection - Ask the Expert Calls

Two "Ask the Expert" calls will be held to provide an overview of the WQIP Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection project type. One will be tailored for land trusts and the other for municipalities.

  • Land Trust Ask the Expert Call: Thursday, May 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. RSVP to Northeast Program Coordinator Daron Blake at dblake@lta.org
  • Municipality Ask the Expert Call: Thursday, June 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. RSVP at WQIPsourcewater@dec.ny.gov

To learn more about WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection and the "Ask the Expert" call, view the WQIP Land Acquisition Fact Sheet (PDF).

Data Solicitation for 2020 CWA Section 303(d) List

The public is invited to provide existing and readily available water quality data and information for the 2020 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. This data solicitation period runs through September 27, 2019. View the May 1 Environmental Notice Bulletin for more information and how to submit data.

Visit DEC's NYS Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters webpage to learn more about the 303(d) list.

Volunteer for WAVE Stream Sampling

The WAVE citizen science sampling season is fast approaching, and you can take steps now to participate. WAVE (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) is a DEC program where volunteers collect, or sample "stream bugs" to assess water quality in wadeable streams. Anyone who can kick over a rock can participate! The sampling season is from July to September. Follow these steps to get involved:

  1. Select a sampling location: Samples collected from unassessed stream segments highlighted on this map (leaves DEC website) are particularly appreciated. However, if the data are locally important, we will accept samples from any stream with appropriate habitat. Use the WAVE Survey form (leaves DEC website) to submit your sampling locations.
  2. Get trained: Get trained in the WAVE method by visiting the WAVE Training Sessions webpage
  3. Find a WAVE team (optional): Find WAVE teams near you using the WAVE Teams map (leaves DEC website). Send a list of teams you want to contact to wave@dec.ny.gov to get connected today! If you can't find a team near you, consider forming your own team!
  4. Sign the WAVE waiver: WAVE participants must sign and mail in the WAVE waiver (PDF).
  5. Get equipment: A limited number of kick nets and sample vials are available through the Equipment Loan Program. We are prioritizing equipment for groups sampling several stream locations. Apply online (leaves DEC website) by June 1.
  6. Stay in the loop: WAVE announcements are distributed to the WAVE listserv. To sign up, enter your email address in the blue "DEC Delivers" box on the WAVE webpage.

Hudson River Estuary Local Stewardship Planning Grants

Approximately $350,000 is now available for Local Stewardship Planning through the Hudson River Estuary Program. The competitive grants will help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed adopt conservation best management practices to increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on July 10, 2019 through the NYS Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website).

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has announced the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Project funds related to severe storms and flooding.

Applications are due June 6, 2019 at 12 p.m. Visit the NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services website (leaves DEC website) for more information and to apply.

Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan Public Comment Period

The Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chemung and Susquehanna River Basins for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is available for public comment through June 7, 2019.

For more information, including where to submit comments, view the April 10, 2019 Environmental Notice Bulletin. The draft document and appendices can be viewed on DEC's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program webpage.

Pollution Prevention Community Grants

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is now accepting applications for its Community Grants Program 2019-2020 (leaves DEC website) for pollution prevention outreach and education projects. Eligible groups include community organizations, municipal departments, and other public sector and not-for-profit entities for projects that raise awareness and understanding of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level. Applications are due May 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Great Lakes Action Agenda Workgroup Meetings

DEC will be hosting a series of meetings for Great Lakes stakeholders to discuss advancing projects and initiatives to achieve the goals of New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda:

  • SE Lake Ontario Workgroup - May 29, 1-4 p.m., Fair Haven Beach State Park (location tentative)
  • NE Lake Ontario Workgroup - May 30, 1-4 p.m., Gouverneur Community Center
  • Lake Erie Workgroup - June 5, 1-4 p.m., Tifft Nature Center, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • SW Lake Ontario Workgroup - June 6, 1-4 p.m., Town of Chili Department of Public Works, 200 Beaver Rd, Churchville, NY 14428

All NYS Great Lakes stakeholders are invited to participate-including environmental organizations, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, local government, individuals and other diverse stakeholder groups (business, health, recreation, planning, etc.).

Please RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend.

Division Webpages

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The Division of Water's webpages fall mainly into one of the two following locations:

  • Water Pollution Control - Information, guidance material and forms about the programs the Division of Water administers to control sources of water pollution.
  • Lands and Waters - Water resource information is divided into the following categories:
    • Watersheds, Lakes Rivers: Information on NYS watersheds and other water bodies
    • Oceans & Estuaries: NYS marine and estuary resource information
    • Groundwater: Aquifer and groundwater information & resources
    • Dam Safety, Coastal & Flood Protection: Program information related to flood protection, floodplain development, dam safety, and coastal management
    • Water Supply & Reclamation: Information on protecting New York's public water supplies and drought information

Division's Mission

The Mission of the Division of Water is to protect and conserve the water resources of New York State. This mission is accomplished through a wide range of programs and activities. Some of these are statewide in their scope and apply to all parts of the state. Other efforts are targeted to address water quality and quantity issues in specific regions of the state, focusing on waterbodies or watersheds where these issues are of particular concern. Still other programs target specific contaminants (e.g., mercury) or sources (e.g., stormwater runoff) or impacts (e.g., acid rain) of pollution.


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