Frequently Asked Questions about Water Quality

(last updated 09/22/2014)

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. Does the DEQ NPDES 1200-A General Permit allow turbid water to be discharged?
  4. I had no runoff this year; do I still need to submit monitoring reports?
  5. 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 stormwater runoff from your operation enters into wetlands, streams, creeks, rivers, or any other “waters of the state” (including road side ditches that connect to 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 of the discharge and the receiving water body or roadside ditch with time, location, and date information. Do not put yourself in danger or trespass onto private property when documenting your concerns.

Does the DEQ NPDES 1200-A General Permit allow turbid water to be discharged? [back to top]

Yes, the permit allows turbid discharge as long as it is no more turbid than the receiving water body.

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

Yes, you must submit a Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) every year regardless of whether you had a discharge or were active during the monitoring period. Document on the report 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]

Annual renewal fees are paid to DEQ – only initial application fees are submitted DOGAMI. DEQ will send you an invoice for your annual fee.

WPCF 1000 Permits

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

If you use water for processing and/or washing rock; that water is disposed of on site through seepage and/or evaporation; and you do not have stormwater* discharge; 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.

*Note this permit is not applicable to sites discharging stormwater that are required to have coverage under the DEQ NPDES 1200-A General Permit, which also covers the on-site disposal of process water by seepage and/or evaporation.

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

Yes. Please review the WPCF 1000 permit for monitoring requirements. 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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