Construction Stormwater General Permit

The WV/NPDES Stormwater Program requires operators of construction sites that disturb one (1) acre or greater, including smaller sites that are part of a larger common plan of development, to obtain authorization to discharge stormwater under a WV/NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit. When the construction activity is owned by one person but operated by another, it is the responsibility of the owner (developer) to obtain the permit. When the construction activity is completed and all disturbed areas are stabilized, the responsible party must submit a Notice of Termination (NOT) in order to end coverage under the General Permit.
If you are going to disturb one acre or greater you are required to first obtain a stormwater construction permit. All applications for coverage under the construction stormwater general permit must be submitted through WV DEP's Electronic Submittal System (ESS) which can be found using this link: 

Current General Permit
The 2019 Construction Stormwater GP was issued January 10, 2019 and became effective February 9, 2019. An appeal of the permit led to Order for Appeals numbers 19-3-EQB and 19-6-EQB being issued by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB), who ordered the parties to settle their differences.  On May 31, 2019, a settlement agreement was signed by the EQB.  The proposed Revised 2019 Permit WV01159247 is the result of that settlement agreement.  

DRAFT Modification No.1 2019 Construction Stormwater GP
Fact Sheet Draft Modification No.1 2019 Construction Stormwater GP -Revised to correct the order No.
Public Notice Draft Modification No.1 2019 Construction Stormwater GP
Settlement Agreement Appeal No. 19-03-EQB and 19-04-EQB

Fee Schedule
To help the applicant, the application fees have been calculated by acreage in each precipitation zone in West Virginia. These application fees have been prepared using the NPDES Fee structure to simplify the application submittal process.
Fee Schedule & Precipitation Zone Map

Chesapeake Bay Addendum Form
Sites located in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan or Pendleton counties must complete the Bay TMDL Addendum and submit it with their application.
Chesapeake Bay TMDL Addendum

Karst Mitigation Plans Projects located in Berkeley, Fayette (south of CR 25), Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Morgan, Monongalia (east of I-79) Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, and Tucker Counties must submit a Karst Mitigation Plan with the application. 

Templates and Guidance Documents
Blank Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Template
WV Generic Groundwater Protection Plan (GPP) Template
Stormwater Design Guidelines for Karst Terrain in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Public Notice Sign Template
Modification Guidancy Policy
Statement for Billing
Endangered & Threatened Species List

Previous General Permit

Responsive Summary for 2019 Construction Stormwater GP
Fact Sheet for 2019 Construction Stormwater GP
2012 Construction Stormwater GP Extension Letter Jan 1, 2019
Public Notice and Public Hearing 2018 Draft Construction Stormwater General Permit
Draft 2018 Construction Stormwater Permit
DRAFT Fact Sheet 2018 Construction Stormwater Permit
2012 Construction Stormwater General Permit
2012 CSW GP Responsiveness Summary
2012 CSW General Permit Fact Sheet

A list of Tier 3 waters can be found HERE (large pdf).
For additional information regarding Antidegradation rules please see the Water Quality Standards webpage.
Click these links to find Information on TMDLs and 303(d) List 

To check the status of your application or permit please use our online searches.
Water Resources Pending Application Search
Water Resources Permit Search

Construction Stormwater Program Contacts

Program Manager
Larry Board
304-926-0499, ext. 1595

Plan Reviewers - Large Construction Activities

Rick Adams, Technical Analyst
304-926-0499 ext. 1354

Dale Biller, Environmental Resources Specialist 3
304-926-0499 ext. 1099

Joe Cochran, Environmental Resources Specialist 3 
Oil & Gas Construction GP
304-926-0499, ext. 1069

Megan Grose, Environmental Resources Analyst
WV Division of Highways Projects
304-926-0499 ext. 1194

Andy Parsons, Environmental Resources Specialist 3
304-926-0499 ext. 1067

Plan Reviewer - Minor Construction Activity
Carol Moore, Environmental Resources Specialist 2
304-926-0499, ext. 1202
Support Staff
Sharon Mullins, Enviornmental Resources Associate 
304-926-0499, ext. 1132