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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Water

Protecting the Public's Water: Report on Combined Sewer Overflows

Protecting the Public's Water: Report on Combined Sewer Overflows [PDF 1.5 MB, 20 pp] | Flip Book [Flash 1.5 MB, 20 pp]

Wetlands Violations

To report Wetlands Violations in Region 2, please use our Initial Complaint Form.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule

Help EPA shape guidelines and requirements for electronic data reporting.

Join the NPDES e-Reporting Rule Discussion Forum

Lake at sunsetTwo pieces of legislation in the early 1970's - the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act - have contributed mightily to the quality of the water we drink, fish and swim in today. Prior to enactment of these landmark laws, as much as two-thirds of the surface water in the United States was considered polluted. Our waters are noticeably cleaner and less polluted. Today, we can fish and swim in virtually all our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.

Water resources are central to the region's aesthetics, economics and health. There are some 60,000 miles of rivers and streams in Region 2, including waterways of major importance such as the Hudson and Passaic Rivers, the ports of San Juan and New York/New Jersey Harbor, Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls and the St. Lawrence Seaway. New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have a combined 685 miles of ocean coastline as well. Clean and safe water is essential to the health and livelihood of the region's 31 million residents.

Wastewater Treatment: Includes issues relating to stormwater, pretreatment of industrial wastewater, animal feeding operations (AFOs), and combined sewer overflows (CSOs).

CSOs contain a variety of pollutants that are very harmful to human health and the environment.  These pollutants are the result of untreated sewage and industrial and commercial wastes, and include pollutants picked up by storm water runoff – which can include toxic pollutants originating from toxic waste sites.   EPA conducted sampling [PDF 3.4 MB, 21 pp] at several CSO sites in Region 2 and confirmed the health and environmental risks posed by CSOs in Region 2.    

There are a total of 104 CSO permit holders in Region 2. There are 76 CSO permit holders [PDF 58 KB, 3 pp] in New York State with 937 permitted outfalls.  Several of the NY permit holders have now eliminated their CSOs or have been reclassified.  In New Jersey there are 25 active CSO permit holders [PDF 17 KB, 1 pp] with 217 permitted outfalls. There is one CSO permit holder located on tribal lands (Salamanca) and currently one permit holder in Puerto Rico (Puerto Nuevo).  

EPA Region 2 is actively working with our partners at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection control or eliminate CSOs in Region 2.  

Additional information on CSOs in EPA Region 2 is available in the report Protecting the Public's Water: Report on Combined Sewer Overflows [PDF 1.5 MB, 20 pp] (Updated 2013)

Watershed Protection: We all live in a watershed - the area that drains to a common waterway. Many water quality and ecosystem problems are best solved at the watershed level rather than at the individual water body or discharger level. Due to our geographic diversity, Region 2 has a wide variety of waterbodies and a number of programs to protect its estuaries, lakes, rivers and streams, wetlands and oceans more efficiently and effectively.

 

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