Water Protection Program

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Key activities in the Water Pollution Control Branch include the issuance of permits to build, erect, alter, replace, operate, use or maintain existing point sources of water pollution. The majority of our permits are for the discharge of treated wastewater from domestic and industrial facilities. We also issue permits for land application of wastes from domestic, industrial and agricultural facilities. Our permits usually specify requirements for regular sampling of wastewater at the discharge points. In the case of land application, the permit specifies the methods by which wastes are handled and disposed. Permits also specify water quality standards for any discharges.

Most of these permits are written to be site-specific to reflect the unique nature of the waste water or the receiving stream. These permits usually have a five year cycle. As a permit expires, it is re-drafted, modified if needed, then placed on public notice for 30 days. When on public notice, a draft permit is open for comments. When the 30-day notice period expires, comments are reviewed and the permit is issued with needed changes, modified and re-noticed to resolve any concerns.

General Permits (as opposed to site-specific permits) are issued to multiple locations where activities are similar enough to be covered by a single set of requirements. These permits are identified by the prefixes MO-R or MO-G, which appear in the permit numbers. The conditions in General Permits are placed on public notice prior to being issued to applicants. After being finalized, a General Permit cannot be modified. All facilities receiving a General Permit must adhere to the conditions contained in the General Permit until it expires or until the facility obtains a site-specific permit. General Permits for airports, chemical manufacturing, fabricated structured metal, foundries, limestone and rock quarries, lubricant manufacturing, petroleum storage greater than 50,000 gallons and wood treaters are required to be placed on public notice prior to issuance to a new facility.

We are posting draft and final, site-specific permits on the Internet as a means to increase the availability of this information. We are not yet prepared to receive electronic comments. Therefore, we request that comments on the posted draft permits be sent through regular mail as described in the public notice until we are able to process the comments electronically.  Permits will be placed on this site for public access as they are listed for public notice and final issuance.


Proposed Permits
Permits are listed by the date that a public notice was first published.


Issued Permit Information

Final Site Specific Permits
You can find permits issued on or after Jan. 11, 2002.

General Permits - MOG
You can find the template used for each permit.

Storm Water Permits - MOR
You can find the template used for each permit.

Construction Permits
You can find permits issued on or after Aug. 1, 2009


Other Permit Information

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

Permit Forms
PDF format NPDES Permit application forms.  Not all forms are available but a number of basic and construction permit forms are now available.

Standard Conditions for NPDES Permits - Part I - Part II - Part III --- Water Quality Guidesheets and Biosolids Guides

Standard Condition Part I - Effective August 1, 2014

Standard Condition Part I - Effective Nov. 1, 2013

Standard Condition Part III - Effective March 1, 2014

Antidegradation Implementation

Stormwater Information Clearinghouse

Water Pollution Control Permit Manual

Lagoon Operating Permit Renewal Guidance