NPDES Permitting

An environmental engineering company that handles water‐related projects throughout the state of California, RMC Water and Environment has become a leader in the fields of groundwater replenishment, potable reuse, and water recycling. Since merging with Oakley Water Strategies in 2010, RMC Water and Environment has expanded its expertise in NPDES permitting.

Taking its authority from the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is designed to protect America’s water from pollution, ensuring that it is safe for “drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities.” The NPDES permit program mitigates water contamination by imposing numerous regulations on the owners of pipes or man-made ditches that discharge pollutants into US waterways.

NPDES permits cover a wide array of industries and programs, including combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer overflows, storm water, concentrated animal feeding operations, and pesticide discharges. Since its inception in 1972, the NPDES permit program has precipitated significant improvements in the overall quality of water in the United States.

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