The WQC determinations and conditions have been incorporated into the NWP documents. For projects where the WQC has been denied or that do not meet the general or special WQC conditions, the use of an NWP to authorize a discharge into waters of the United States is contingent upon obtaining an individual WQC or case-specific waiver from the respective agency or tribe.
On December 14, 2020, the Districts received the following final WQC determinations:
i. New York State Department of Public Services (NYSDPS) denied WQCs for all Section 404 NWPs that may apply to activities undertaken pursuant to New York State Public Service Law (PSL) Article VII for activities that relate to the construction and operation of major natural gas or electric transmission facilities.
ii. The New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (NYSORES) denied WQCs for all Section 404 NWPs that may apply to activities undertaken pursuant to New York State Executive Law Article 6, Section 94-C for activities that relate to the construction and operation of major renewable electric generating facilities.
iii. The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) denied the request for WQC for all Section 404 NWPs that may apply to activities undertaken pursuant to PSL Article 10 for new and repowered or modified major electric generating facilities of 25 megawatts or more.
iv. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), as the certifying agency for the seven federally recognized Indian Nations in New York (Cayuga Nation, Onondaga Nation, Oneida Nation of Indians, Seneca Nation of Indians*, Shinnecock Indian Nation, Tonawanda Seneca Nation, and Tuscarora Nation) denied WQC for all Section 404 NWPs occurring on these tribal lands. *Note: Subsequent to the USEPA determination, the Seneca Nation of Indians has been designated by USEPA as a certifying authority for all work occurring within their tribal lands. The USEPA determination, made on their behalf, will remain valid until such time as the Seneca Nation completes their WQC determination. A public notice will be issued with their final WQC determination when the process is complete.
On December 23, 2020, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe denied WQC for all applicable NWPs occurring on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal land.
On December 18, 2020, the Districts received the final WQC determination from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for NWP activities not covered by the above determinations. On October 15, 2021, the Districts received the WQC determination from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for the remaining 41 NWPs. Click HERE to view the comprehensive WQC. See specific NWP for WQC determination and conditions.