Clean Water Branch
JANUARY 9, 2019 UPDATE – The public hearing was held on September 18, 2018; the DOH-CWB addressed public comments; and the General Permit rule package has been sent for final approval and filing. Currently, the DOH-CWB does not know when the General Permit rule package will be approved.
Public Hearing on Changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Title 11, Chapter 55, Entitled “Water Pollution Control”
The Department of Health, Clean Water Branch (DOH-CWB) is proposing to renew and revise the following National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits in HAR, Chapter 11-55:
The public hearing will be held on Oahu at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, in the Auditorium of the Department of Health, Laboratory Division, located at 2725 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782. Teleconference sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the the following locations
More information on the public hearing can be found on the DOH-CWB website by selecting Public Notices and Updates and reading the Notice of Public Hearing on Changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 55, Entitled “Water Pollution Control.”
If you have any questions, you may contact the DOH-CWB by email at CleanWaterBranch@doh.hawaii.gov or call the Engineering Section at (808) 586‑4309. Please forward this notice to your clients or project partners who may be impacted by these three (3) NPDES general permits.
Expiring 2018 General Permits (Appendices C and L) Renewal Information
To existing Notice of General Permit Coverage (NGPC) holders subject to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-55, Appendices C or L,
The Department of Health, Clean Water Branch (DOH-CWB) is notifying you that the following National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits in HAR, Chapter 11-55 will be expiring:
More information on the renewal process can be found on the DOH-CWB website by selecting Public Notices and Updates and reading the Notice to NPDES Permittees of Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 11-55 General Permits, Appendix C (Storm Water Associated with Construction Activity) and Appendix L (Circulation Water from Decorative Ponds or Tanks).
If you have any questions, you may contact the DOH-CWB by email at CleanWaterBranch@doh.hawaii.gov or call the Engineering Section at (808) 586‑4309. Please forward this notice to your clients or project partners who may be impacted by these two (2) expiring NPDES general permits.
Amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11‑55 (Water Pollution Control), Effective July 13, 2018. </font color>
The DOH-CWB amended HAR Chapter 11-55. Please go to the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-55 page to view the latest amended rules including all Appendices.
To view the individual Appendices, including revised/renewed General Permits in Appendices D, E, F, G, H, I, and M, please go to our NPDES General Permits page. You can view and/or download each General Permit and find information on how to apply for coverage.
|The Hawaii Department of Health, Clean Water Branch (CWB) has moved. Our new office is located in Pearl City on Waimano Home Road.
If you are sending mail to us, our address is:
State of Hawaii
Clean Water Branch
2827 Waimano Home Rd #225
Pearl City, HI 96782
Items of note:
Please pardon any inconveniences due to our move. Your patience is truly appreciated! Any questions, please give us a call at (808) 586‑4309.
|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”.
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