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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.

Governor Cuomo Announces Availability of $350 Million for Water System Upgrades Statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $350 million is now available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program for municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality.

Municipalities are eligible to apply for funding for:

  • Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Wastewater Infrastructure Projects: Depending on the size of the project, applicants may receive funding for up to 25 percent of net eligible project costs, or a maximum of $25 million, whichever is less.
  • Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects: Applicants may receive funding for up to 60 percent of net eligible project costs, or $3 million, whichever is less.
  • Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Clean Water and Drinking Water Projects: Applicants may receive funding for up to 40 percent of net eligible project costs, or $10 million, whichever is less.

For more information and to apply, visit the Environmental Facilities Corporation's Water Infrastructure Improvement Act web page. The application deadline is September 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Adoption - Amended Water Quality Standards Regulations and Reclassification of Upper and Lower New York Bay

DEC has adopted amendments to water quality standards regulations applicable to coastal recreation waters and to classification regulations for Upper and Lower New York Bay. The adopted rules amend Parts 700, 703, and 890 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) to adopt new standards for enterococci and E. coli to meet the requirements of federal law and to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters in New York Harbor. The rule making was originally proposed on March 21, 2018, followed by a revised rule making proposal issued February 27, 2019. For more information please visit the June 26 Environmental Notice Bulletin or DEC's Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations webpage.

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

Visit NYHABS, DEC's HABs notification map, to view locations of current freshwater HABs in New York State. Each yellow dot on the map represents a HAB reported in the past two weeks. Click on a dot for more information, including the date it was reported, the waterbody name, and pictures. Click on the arrow at the bottom of the screen to view a list of reported HABs.

Know it. Avoid it. Report it.

If you see a HAB, please use the new reporting form to submit a report to NYHABS.

Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scums and discolored water.

If you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please rinse with clean water and report any symptoms to your local health department.

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.

Hudson River Estuary River Access and River Education Grants

Approximately $400,000 is now available for River Access and River Education grants through the Hudson River Estuary Program. This competitive grant opportunity will help communities implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, specifically to improve access to the tidal waters of the Hudson for fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife-dependent recreation, and to enhance education about the estuary to make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible for a wide range of people.

Applications must be submitted in the NYS Grants Gateway by 3:00 p.m. on August 14, 2019 (leaves DEC website).

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.

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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