The federal Clean Water Act requires regulation of point-source pollutant discharges into surface waters. In Wyoming, such discharges are regulated under the Wyoming Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WYPDES) Program. WYPDES permits contain limitations and/or conditions protective of Wyoming surface water quality standards.
Through this program, operators of a point source discharge are required to receive coverage under a WYPDES discharge permit. The permits contain limitations and conditions that will assure that the state’s surface water quality standards are protected.
Before a WYPDES permit can be issued, the proposed permit must be advertised in a mandatory 30-day public notice. Public notices are vehicles for providing all interested parties with draft permits. The public notice’s intent is to provide an opportunity for public comment on proposed permits.
If you are interested in receiving copies of WYPDES public notices, submit a written request to Jason Thomas, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, 200 West 17th Street, Suite 200, Cheyenne, WY 82002.
To apply for a WYPDES permit, operators shall submit complete and technically accurate permit applications. In Wyoming, there are several industry and/or activity-specific applications.