Construction Stormwater General Permit

The WV DEP has developed and issued a General WV/NPDES Water Pollution Control Permit to regulate sediment laden stormwater flowing into the waters of the State from discharges associated with construction activities.  Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it picks up pollutants like sediment, debris and chemicals. Polluted stormwater runoff can harm or kill fish and other wildlife. Sedimentation can destroy aquatic habitat and high volumes of runoff can cause stream bank erosion.
    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 an 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.
Who Needs Permit Coverage?
If you are going to disturb one acre or greater you are required to first obtain a stormwater construction permit. The application and instructions for this activity are linked below.

Current General Permit   
The 2019 Construction Stormwater GP was issued January 10, 2019 and became effective February 9, 2019. 
2019 Construction Stormwater 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

Chesapeake Bay Addendum Form
Sites that submit a NOI or Site Registration 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

Previous General Permit
2012 Construction Stormwater General Permit
2012 CSW GP Responsiveness Summary
2012 CSW General Permit Fact Sheet

Other Forms & Documents
Statement for Billing
Modification Form (Form M)
Notice of Termination (NOT)
Permit Registration Transfer Form
Generic Groundwater Protection Plan (GPP)
BMP Inspection Form
Attachment A - Endangered/Threatened Species List
Precipitation Zones of WV 
Public Notice Sign Template

A list of Tier 3 waters can be found HERE (large pdf).
For additional information regarding Antidegradation rules please see the Water Quality Standards page.

Click these links to find Information on TMDLs and 303(d) Lists


Application Status
To check the status of your application/registration please use our online search
Water Resources Pending Application Search
Permit Status
To check the status of an issued permit use our online search
Water Resources Permit Search

Notice of Termination Status

To check the status of a Notice of Termination, contact the local office of Environmental Enforcement.  You may find the local office by clicking HERE

For more information about the Construction Stormwater Program, you may contact the individuals listed below.

Program Manager
Connie Anderson
304-926-0499 ext. 1073

Plan Reviewers - Large Construction Activities

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

Larry Board, Environmental Resources Specialist
304-926-0499, ext. 1595

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

Joe Cochran, Environmental Resources Specialist
(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 Analyst
304-926-0499 ext. 1067

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