Clean Water Branch
Notice of Public Hearing on Changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapters 11-54 (Water Quality Standards) and 11-55 (Water Pollution Control).
The Department of Health (DOH) will receive written comments and hold a public hearing on proposed changes to HAR, Chapters 11-54 and 11-55 on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. More information on the public hearing is available at: Notice of Public Hearing on Changes to HAR 11-54 and 11-55. Please see below for the proposed changes to HAR 11-54, the HAR 11-54 rationale, the proposed changes to HAR 11-55, and the HAR 11-55 rationale.
NPDES Pesticides General Permit
The Department of Health (DOH) issued a new NPDES General Permit on October 21, 2012, to authorize point source discharges from the application of pesticides (including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and various other substances to control pests) to State waters. This NPDES Pesticides General Permit is in Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-55, Appendix M. Please see below for HAR 11-54 and HAR 11-55 (effective October 21, 2012).
Expiration of NPDES General Permits (HAR, Chapter 11-55, Appendices B through L)
NPDES General Permit coverage for discharges to State waters (HAR, Chapter 11-55, Appendices B through L) expired at midnight, October 21, 2012. The Department of Health (DOH), Clean Water Branch (CWB) is currently going through the rule change process to re-adopt these NPDES General Permits.
If you need NPDES permit coverage for any activity or discharge, you are required to submit an NPDES individual permit. The forms and submittal instructions are available on this website.
Details administrative procedures, such as requesting a public record , public hearing, rule making, etc. Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Chapter 91.
Current Warnings, Advisories, and Closures
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.
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.
Polluted Runoff Control Program
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 and Update
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.
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).
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.
The presentations given by Clean Water Branch personnel within the last 30 days are provided for information on activities relating to the Clean Water Branch programs. Website addresses for the applicable Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapters 11-54 and 11-55, and EPA regulations are provided in the presentation.