National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System - NPDES Program


Who to Contact: Who needs to apply?

All persons discharging or proposing to discharge pollutants from a point source into any waters of the state are required to apply for and have a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) to discharge including all significant industrial users discharging to a publicly owned treatment works.

The Nebraska NPDES program encompasses a number of different types of discharges including: The Department is responsible for developing and issuing NPDES permits, and for insuring that permitted facilities comply with permit requirements. State regulations pertaining to these programs are: Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs)
For those responsible for preparing Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs)in accordance with their NPDES permits, training sessions will be held throughout the state in 2011. For specific locations, dates and times, check the
2011 DMR Training Schedule.

Instructions for completing Discharge Monitoring Reports can be found here: DMR Report Inst.pdf

For assistance in completing DMRs, the following tools are available: GeoMean Calculator and Flow Rate Calculator. You will need to have Microsoft Excel in order to use these calculators When Do I Apply?

Regulations require a site-specific NPDES permit application be submitted to NDEQ at least 180 days prior to the date of first discharge. It is important that you submit a complete and accurate permit application. The 180-day period does not start until a complete application is received. If changes are made or additional information is submitted or is required, the 180-day period may start over. NPDES permits are public noticed for 30 days before being issued. If comments are received and a hearing is required, the Department would schedule a hearing and respond to any comments received at the hearing. This may require an additional 60 to 90 days.

General Permit authorizations may take from 7 to 30 days as indicated below.

Types of NPDES Permits Hydrostatic Testing and/or Dewatering Discharges
Storm Water Permits during Construction
Storm Water Permits during Operation
Treated Groundwater Remediation Discharges



Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186