Clean Water Branch
The Hawaii Department of Health, Clean Water Branch (CWB) has moved. Our new office is located in Pearl City on Waimano Home Road.
Items of note:
Please pardon any inconveniences due to our move. Your patience is truly appreciated!
|Sign Up for the new Water Quality Alert System
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch is proud to announce that we have launched a new water quality alert notification system with user-friendly features to keep the community updated about our beaches throughout our islands.
To receive email alert notifications, click on “Current Water Quality Advisories” in red text at the right side of this webpage and click the “Subscribe” button at the top of the viewer page and enter your email address.
If you have any questions, please contact us at: CleanWaterBranch@doh.hawaii.gov.
|Water Pollution Control (WPC) Viewer for Public Access to Government Documents
The WPC Viewer offers quick and easy access to NPDES permits/WQC/documents, inspections, and enforcement actions. All non-confidential NPDES and Section 401 WQC documents, applications, correspondence, fact sheets, rationales, final permits/certifications, completed inspections, and enforcement actions can be viewed and downloaded through the WPC Viewer website. You can search for records by typing the permit number, facility name, or facility location in the search field; clicking on the link to the record; and pressing the Permit Information button. Alternatively, you can zoom into the map and locate the facility you are interested in. Note: Once you’ve found your desired facility/project, an easy way to locate documents in the WPC Viewer is to press “CTRL+F” and type a keyword. For example, if you are looking for an issued NPDES permit, press “CTRL+F” and type “fnl”. If you are looking for the fact sheets or rationales, press “CTRL+F” and type “fact sheet” or “rationale”.
|Revisions to HAR, Chapter 11-54 (Water Quality Standards) and 11-55 (Water Pollution Control) Effective November 15, 2014. The DOH-CWB amended HAR, Chapters 11-54 and 11-55. Please see below:|
Details structure of the Clean Water Branch (CWB). Includes Mission Statement, Engineering, Monitoring, and Enforcement Sections and Polluted Runoff Control Program.
Details administrative procedures, such as requesting a public record , public hearing, rule making, etc. Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Chapter 91.
- Water Quality References
- Workshop Presentations
The presentations given by Clean Water Branch personnel are provided for information on activities relating to the Clean Water Branch programs. Presentations for the applicable Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapters 11-54 and 11-55, and EPA regulations are among topics that are presented.
Provides the forms needed to obtain the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, Zone of Mixing (ZOM), Notice of General Permit Coverage (NGPC), Conditional “No Exposure” Exclusion, and Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC). Also provides the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Form. Need copies of CWB files? Get a copy of the Request to Access a Government Record form here. The Polluted Runoff Control Program’s Request for Proposals are available from this page.
- E-Permitting Portal
- Standard NPDES Permit Conditions
These Standard NPDES Permit Conditions are attached to all NPDES Individual Permits. The Standard General Permit Conditions in Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 11-55, Appendix A are attached to all Notices of General Permit Coverage (NGPCs).
- Industrial Storm Water
The Polluted Runoff Control Program administers grant money it receives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act. Provides funding information and copies of reports and plans.
Public notices are provided to ensure that the public is informed about environmental health issues. Public notices may also be published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, The Maui News, and/or The Garden Isle.
- Current Water Quality Advisories
The Clean Water Branch posts three types of advisories. Brown Water Advisories are related to storm water discharges into coastal waters. High Indicator Bacteria Advisories are notifications of exceedances of Single Sample Maximums (104 CFU/100ml) in accordance with the BEACH ACT. Sewage Spill Advisories pertains to sewage discharges into coastal waters.
- Water Quality Notifications
- General Health Advisory
- Integrated Report and Total Maximum Daily Loads
The Monitoring Section compiles the Integrated Reports (305b/303d) every two (2) years and develops TMDLs for impaired surface waters.
- Ocean Recreation Links
Links to ocean recreation groups.
- Water Quality Data
At the present time, the Clean Water Branch will post water quality data that is gathered under the Beach Monitoring Program. As development of the web progresses, stream and coastal monitoring data will be posted on the website.
- Water Quality Standards Maps