Frequently Asked Questions about Water Quality

(last updated 01/24/2014)

NPDES 1200A Permits

  1. Do I need a NPDES 1200-A permit?
  2. Who do I contact to report turbid (muddy) storm water runoff or other water quality concerns?
  3. I had no runoff this year; do I still need to submit monitoring reports?
  4. Who and where do I pay my permit renewal fee to?

WPCF 1000 Permits

  1. When do I need a WPCF 1000 Permit?
  2. Do I need to conduct water quality monitoring under the WPCF 1000 permit?

I can’t find the answers to my questions on your site.

NPDES 1200A Permits

Do I need a NPDES 1200-A permit? [back to top]

If you operate a mining operation and storm water runoff from your operation enters into wetlands, streams, creeks, rivers, or any other “waters of the state,” then you need a NPDES 1200-A permit administered by DOGAMI. Applicants should consult with DOGAMI prior to submitting an application to ensure that it is complete.

Who do I contact to report turbid (muddy) storm water runoff or other water quality concerns? [back to top]

Contact Vaughn Balzer in our office. You may want to document your water quality concerns by taking pictures with time, location, and date information. Do not put yourself in danger or trespass onto private property when documenting your concerns.

I had no runoff this year; do I still need to submit monitoring reports? [back to top]

Yes, you must submit a written report regardless of whether you had a discharge or were active during the monitoring period. Note the day you conducted your monitoring and that there was no discharge to sample.

Who and where do I pay my permit renewal fee to? [back to top]

All renewal fees are paid to DEQ. (Application fees are submitted DOGAMI.)

WPCF 1000 Permits

When do I need a WPCF 1000 Permit? [back to top]

If you use water for processing and/or washing rock, and you do not have a discharge of storm water, then you need a WPCF 1000 permit administered by DOGAMI. (To process placer gravels for gold using water, you need a WPCF 600 permit administered by DEQ.)

Do I need to conduct water quality monitoring under the WPCF 1000 permit? [back to top]

Yes. All monitoring logs must be kept up to date, on site, and available to DOGAMI upon request.

I can’t find the answers to my questions on your site. [back to top]

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