Water Quality Permitting

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The Water Quality Permitting Section consists of seven branches with staff located in the central offices in Raleigh, as well as DEQ's seven regional offices.  This section is responsible for:

  • Implementing state and federal permitting and compliance programs for point source wastewater treatment.
  • Administration of the federal pretreatment program for industrial wastewater going to municipal treatment facilities
  • Permitting for the operation and maintenance of sewage collection systems.
  • Permitting and compliance for wetlands and stream impacts including waterside buffer protection,
  • Development of programs for stream and wetlands protection and enhancement.
  • Implements permitting and compliance for wastewater, reclaimed water, and residuals that are applied to land, whether it is from municipal, industrial, or animal feeding operation treatment systems.

Section Chief: Jeff Poupart

Permit Programs

Industrial Permitting Branch

Industrial Permitting Branch

Bonner Bridge replacement at Oregon Inlet, Outer BanksThe Industrial Permitting Branch is responsible for Industrial major/minor National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wastewater permitting and providing NPDES programmatic support including  Level B modeling; CORMIX/dilution model reviews; review and issuance of municipal Authorization to Construct permits (ATCs); and NPDES program implementation guidance.  

Information: 919-707-3601 

Supervisor: Doug Dowden                                                               

Contacts 

Industrial Permitting                                                               

 

Municipal Permitting Branch

Municipal Permitting Branch

Water tower in Elizabeth CityThe Municipal Permitting Branch is responsible for Municipal major/minor National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wastewater permitting, special municipal technical issues, oversees the implementation of state approved pretreatment programs, is responsible for the various permitting programs for wastewater collection systems, oversees wastewater collection construction, operation, maintenance and enforcement.

Information: 919-707-3624 

Supervisor: Mike Montebello

Contacts

Municipal Permitting

Compliance and Expedited Permitting Branch

Compliance and Expedited Permitting Branch

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in WilmingtonThe Compliance and Expedited Permitting Branch  is responsible for wastewater permitting of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System minor and general permits, as well as compliance oversight.  In addition, the branch processes tax certifications in accordance with NCGS 105-275 (8). 

Information: 919-707-3615

Supervisor: John Hennessy

Contacts

Compliance and Expedited Permitting 

Non-Discharge Permitting Branch

Non-Discharge Permitting Branch

Lake Culvert in RaleighThe Non-Discharge Permitting Branch is responsible for the permitting and compliance of residual and wastewater effluent land application facilities, as well as the beneficial use of reclaimed water.

Information: 919-707-3653 

Supervisor: Nathaniel Thornburg

Contacts

Non-discharge Permitting

401 & Buffer Permitting Branch

401 & Buffer Permitting Branch

wetland scene at Bass Lake TrailThe 401 & Buffer Permitting Branch is responsible for implementing the state waters, wetlands and riparian buffer regulatory programs and assisting with compliance and enforcement procedures.

Information: 919-707-3631 

Supervisor: Paul Wojoski

Contacts

401 & Buffer Permitting

401 & Buffer Transportation Permitting Branch

401 & Buffer Transportation Permitting Branch

Highway road construction in RaleighThe 401 & Buffer Transportation Permitting Branch is responsible for implementing the state waters, wetlands, and riparian buffer regulatory programs for transportation projects as well as assisting with compliance and enforcement procedures for those projects. It also houses one special project: the Headwater Stream Spatial Dataset program.

Information: 919-707-3871 

Supervisor: Amy Chapman

Contacts

401 & Buffer Transportation Permitting

Animal Feeding Operations Branch

Animal Feeding Operations Branch

farm with barn and silosThe Animal Feedings Operations Branch is responsible for overseeing permitting, compliance, and enforcement of animal facilities.

Information: 919-707-9129 

Supervisor: Ramesh Ravella

Contacts

Animal Feeding Operations