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The Archives Page lists information for the Office of the Administrator and for each Bureau within the Division. Archive data was initiated in February 1998

    August 09, 2007 — NDEP Guidance: How To Sample residential Wells for Polonium 210 (Note: This 4 page guidance document provides background information and instructions for sampling "private" residential wells for Polonium-210. This "alpha-emitter" was recently found in certain residential wells in Churchill County, Nevada.

    November 02, 2006 — Workshop Notice — Final Adoption of NORM and TENORM Regulations
           By the Rocky Mountain Low Level Waste Board

      March, 19 2003 -- From the Administrator -- Allen Biaggi -- I am very pleased to announce that two NDEP employees have won the National Achievement Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This award is sponsored by EPA's Headquarters Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.  Doug Zimmerman and Todd Croft have been recognized for their efforts in perchlorate removal in the Las Vegas Valley in the area of "RCRA Corrective Action - Outstanding use of Innovative Approaches."

    Also included in the award were EPA Region IX employees Larry Bowerman, Mitch Kaplan and Ronald Leach. Their efforts have gone a long way in addressing this serious environmental and public health issue. It is also recognized that their work is leading edge in perchlorate remediation nationally

      Churchill County Leukemia Investigation -- The cluster of childhood leukemia cases was brought to the attention of public health officials in Nevada in the late summer of 2000, when it was learned that five cases of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) had been diagnosed in Churchill County within a few months of each other . . . .

    2001 -- The Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award Presented for the Year 2001  The recipients of the Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award for the year 2001 are Tom and Patsy Tomera, in cooperation with the Eureka County Conservation District and the Elko Field Office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

        Letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from Allen Biaggi  The letter is to Administrative Judge Alan Rosenthal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel -- The letter conveys the State concern's about shipment of 17,000 tons of radioactive sludge from Molycorp's mine at Mountain Pass, California to the White Mesa Uranium Mill south of Blanding, Utah.  The shipments would traverse the Las Vegas Valley --

      2000 -- The Wedell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award.  The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection announces that Kevin Piper and the Middle Carson River Coordinated Resources Management Group (CRMP) have been selected to receive the Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award.This award was established to honor the memory of Wendell McCurry who passed in January 2000. During his 32-year tenure with the State of Nevada, Mr. McCurry had tremendous foresight and vision in the field of water pollution control and was a strong advocate of clean water for Nevada.

      December 19, 2000 -- The Division of Environmental Protection has generated a document to assist members of the public and industry to understand and correctly choose and apply dust palliative products in a manner that is appropriate for their particular site and traffic conditions. This document provides interim guidelines that are based largely on recommendations from the Dust Palliative Working Group. This effort is in response to direction from Legislature (SB432).

     Bureau of Air Quality

      The NDEP BAQ will convene a meeting of the Clark County Air Quality Forum in Las Vegas to address various Clark County air quality issues. An agenda has been developed for the upcoming meeting to be held on January 08, 2002, in Las Vegas. The point of contact for the forum agenda is Colleen Cripps, Ph.D. You may reach Dr. Cripps at (775)687-4670, ext. 3065 or via e-mail at ccripps@govmail.state.nv.us.

      Posted - July 24, 2001 -- The Clark County Air Quality Forum web site is now available. Check out the forum's Memorandum of Agreement and Bylaws, members listing, plus agenda and minutes from meetings. The Clark County Air Quality Forum has been created from the recommendation by the Legislative Commission's Subcommittee on Air Quality Programs in Clark County (Senate Bill 432). The Forum will address air quality issues, coordinate research efforts, and share air quality information within the region.


      Notice of Public Workshops  The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is proposing the amendment of regulations pertaining to Chapter 445B of the Nevada Administrative Code. The changes deal with the regulation of heavy-duty diesel engines and vehicles within the section on Emissions from Engines. Workshops have been scheduled in northern and southern Nevada. The purpose of these workshops is to solicit comments from interested persons on the general topic of new engine certification requirements for model year 2005 and 2006 heavy-duty diesel engines (HDDEs) and vehicles in Nevada. In this context, heavy-duty means having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 14,001 pounds or more.

        Download the Notice in PDF format.

      1988-1997 Trend Report -- This report discusses the air quality across the State of Nevada for the 10-year period 1988-1997. Data presented are for the pollutants identified by the US EPA as having the most widespread health effects: carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and inhalable particulate matter. In addition to air pollution levels and trends, the report discusses the state's demographics, air quality programs, types of monitoring stations, and state and federal air quality standards.

     Bureau of Corrective Actions

      Leviathan Mine Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Plan Final – The purpose of this Assessment Plan is to document the Trustees’ basis for conducting a damage assessment, and to organize the proposed approach for determining and quantifying natural resource injuries and calculating the damages associated with those injuries.  By developing an Assessment Plan, the Trustees can ensure that the NRDA will be completed at a reasonable cost. (Adobe PDF File, 180 pages 2.1 Meg)

      April 26, 2004 – This year's Brownfields Conference has speakers that will bring a wealth of knowledge and information to conference participants – There is still time to register!!

      May 18, 2004 – Nevada Brownfields Conference – RENO, Nev. - Nevada's second annual Brownfields Conference will be held in Reno May 18, at John Ascuaga's Nugget. Sponsored by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the conference will help participants from across the state learn how to finance and manage Brownfields projects with the goal of cleaning up polluted properties in their communities and converting them back to productive use – Read More - including "How to Register"

      March 11, 2004 – Bureau of Corrective Acvtions – NDEP Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss Ground Water Contamination at the Yerington Mine Site in Yerington, Nevada The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) will host a public meeting on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at the Casino West Convention Center, 11 North Main Street, Yerington, NV, at 7:00 pm to discuss information about recent well sampling for Uranium near the Yerington Mine Site along with the potential health effects of Uranium. A poster session will run from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
      More Information:  Well Sampling Event, December, 2003, Well Data Transmittal Letter March 3, 2004, Radionuclide Data Summary, Sampling Maps

       Public Hearing. A public hearing will be held to receive comments regarding a proposed regulation amending NAC 590.700 to 590.790. The regulation would mandate notification of third party liability claims that may be made against the State's Petroleum Fund.

       Notice -- The next meeting of the State Board to Review Claims (Petroleum Fund) will be JUNE 30, 1999 in RENO. All claims must be submitted no later than May 28, 1999.......Get those claims in now! Please contact Mike Leigh at (775)687-4670, ext. 3037 for further information.

      The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) will be holding three workshops for information and regulation changes. The workshops are intended to collect public input and inform the public prior to presenting a formal report or petition to the State Environmental Commission (SEC).

      1. Petition 1999-06. This petition will remove the requirement to notify the Office of Emergency Management, under certain circumstances, of spills of hazardous materials.

      2. MTBE guidance document. This will discuss how NDEP will manage the environmental impacts of the fuel additive MTBE. This will be for information and discussion only and is not subject to action by the SEC.

      3. Petroleum Fund Policy Resolution. This will discuss proposed policy which would impose a 20% reduction in Petroleum Fund Reimbursement for cases where overfill or spill is a contributory cause of a petroleum discharge.

      Information Notice and Comment Solicitation: (1)Petition to remove the requirement to notify the Office of Emergency Management, under certain circumstances, of spills of hazardous materials. (Note: This Petition was approved by the Environmental Commission on April 9, 1999) -- (2) MTBE guidance document. This document discusses how NDEP will manage the environmental impacts of the fuel additive MTBE. -- (3)Petroleum Fund Policy Resolution. This documents discusses proposed policy which would impose a 20% reduction in Petroleum Fund Reimbursement for cases where overfill or spill is a contributory cause of a petroleum discharge.

     Bureau of Waste Management

      March 2009 — NDEP’s own Kathryn Fergus was recently recognized by the City of Las Vegas

      December 12, 2008 — Give Our Environment a Gift: Recycle Your Christmas Tree! LAS VEGAS – Live Christmas trees are one of the most recognized traditions of the holiday season.They make our homes smell nice; they’re fun to decorate; they provide a beautiful focal point forthe room in which they are placed; and they serve as the family gathering place for gift-giving. But what usually happens to the trees after the holiday season? Most people just throw them away. Download News Release

      December 2006 — Recycling and Solid Waste Grant Program

      November 18, 2006 — In support of Nevada Recycles Day, ComputerCorps and NDEP will jointly conduct an E-Waste Recycling Collection Event on Saturday, November 18th in Carson City — Read/Print Event Flyer

      November 13, 2006 — Statewide Events Slated for Nevada Recycles Day — Electronic waste recycling events are planned in southern and northern Nevada to commemorate Nevada Recycles Day on November 15, according to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).

      December 26, 2005 — Clark County Christmas Tree Drop Off Project December 26, 2005 to January 15, 2006

      April 18, 2005 — NDEP Supports Earth Day —The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is the State's primary agency responsible for environmental outreach and education. That's why in 2005 NDEP will support Earth Day events in Reno, Tahoe/Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Pahrump and Winnemucca — Check out NDEP's Earth Day webpage

      November 12, 2004 – Governor Kenny Guinn recognizes the importance of the State's conservation and waste reduction efforts by naming November 15, 2004 Nevada Recycles Day. The division is supporting this proclamation by hosting residential mercury collection events around the State. View the Governor's Official Proclamation" November 1, 2004 – Recycling RFP – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is soliciting proposals for 2006 Nevada Recycling and Waste Reduction contracts. This Request for Proposals is targeting municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, schools, the University and Community College System of Nevada, and other public institutions in Nevada. Proposals may be submitted for a one or two year contract term and should be developed using the guidelines in the Request-for-Proposals document.

      Funding for the 2006 Recycling and Waste Reduction Contracts comes from NDEP's portion of the Solid Waste Management Account. There are no hard limits on maximum or minimum award amounts, but funded projects typically fall in $5,000 to $15,000 per year range. Matching funds and in-kind contributions are not required but are encouraged.

      Download RFP     Download RFP

      Sample Budget Justification Table     Sample Budget Justification Table

      Sample Budget Table     Sample Budget Table


      October 27, 2004 – Nevada Division of Environmental Protection promotes residential Mercury Recycling events in Elko, Incline Village, Winnemucca and other communities as part of Nevada Recycles Day, ( CARSON CITY) –In January 2004, the Pau Wa Lu Middle School in Gardnerville, Nev. was contaminated when a child brought mercury to school. Days later, a Las Vegas teenager was hospitalized following mercury poisoning. Both incidents required significant involvement by NDEP to clean up contaminated sites and coordinate with local, state and federal agencies.   In response to these unfortunate incidents, the NDEP has coordinated a residential mercury removal project to reduce the quantity of unwanted elemental mercury and mercury containing devices from homes, garages and storage areas – Print Press Release 

      October 16, 2004 – FREE Computer Recycling EventThe Environmental Health & Safety Department of the University of Nevada, Reno, City of Reno, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Washoe County District Health Department, Washoe County School District, Reno Hilton and other partners are offering a FREE computer recycling event for residents of Reno and the surrounding area in conjunction with the Clean & Green campaign and America Recycles Day.

      Bring your unwanted electronic equipment to the Reno Hilton parking lot on Saturday, October 16. Electronic systems will be donated to Disability Resources for redistribution to the needy in the Truckee Meadows or recycled responsibly — Download Flyer (2 Page Adobe File - 880 KB)

      July 22, 2004 – DRAFT Update to Nevadas Solid Waste Management Plan – The DRAFT update to the Nevada State Solid Waste Management Plan is posted on this website for a 30-day public review and comment period. The Division is soliciting comments until August 27, 2004.

      March 2004 – 2004 Recycling Market Development Report As mandated by NRS 444.587, the eleventh annual recycling market development report has been submitted to the director of the legislative counsel bureau by NDEP. Market development for recyclables remains a difficult issue, but the emphasis needs to remain with procurement of recycled-content goods and new recycling business growth. NDEP is also recommending that the statute mandating recycling market development be repealed until more appropriate legislation can be passed.

      March 11, 2004 – Bureau of Waste Managment, Recycling Program: – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is soliciting proposals for a waste diversion project focusing on public institutions and commercial facilities in Clark County, Nevada. The project goals are to identify and document existing recycling programs in select subject facilities and to produce fact sheets, press releases, and brief reports that characterize these programs and can be used to educate and promote the available recycling resources to non-recycling establishments and institutions.

      April 01, 2004 – The Bureau of Waste Management will hold public workshops during the month of April in five communities throughout Nevada The workshops are designed to solicit input for the next update of Nevada's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The purpose of the update is to analyze the State's solid waste management system, identify significant issues, and propose regulatory, statutory, or institutional changes to address identified issues.
        Elko - April 19, 2004, Monday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Elko County Public Library, 720 Court Street (775) 738-3066

        Winnemucca - April 20, 2004, Tuesday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Humboldt County Courthouse, 50 W. 5th Street (775) 623-6300

        Las Vegas - April 21, 2004, Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Clark County Public Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road (702) 507-3400

        Carson City - April 22, 2004, Thursday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 123 W. Nye Lane, Rm 217 (775) 687-9462

        Hawthorne - April 23, 2004, Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 a.m. Mineral County Public Library, 1st & A Streets (775) 945-2778

          Downlaod / Print Public Notice

         April 2003 -- 2003 Recycling Status and Market Development Report -- This report satisfies two recycling reporting requirements by NDEP to the state legislature; it contains information and data regarding recycling and solid waste management in Nevada, as well as the development of markets for materials diverted from landfill disposal in Nevada.

        Januaryrd, 2003 --Tis the season to recycle your Christmas tree. Your tree may be picked up curbside with your recycling or dropped off at several locations. Please remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and stand -- Read about specific instructions for the communities of Carson City, Douglas County, Reno/Sparks, Incline Village and the Las Vegas Area.  

        October 2002 -- Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Management announces a recruitment for: Public Service Intern I -- approximate starting salary - $28,459 pay grade: 27 -- annual salary based on 40-hour workweek and employee/employer contribution schedule to the retirement plan.

        Update of Nevada's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) -- Nevada's Solid Waste Management Plan was initially created in 1992.   The Division is in the process of updating the plan.  The purpose of the revision is to analyze Nevada's current solid waste management system, identify significant issues, and propose regulatory, statutory or institutional changes.  The Division recently conducted an informal mail survey of solid waste management stakeholders to poll their opinions on solid waste issues in Nevada.  Public workshops were held in Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas to discuss the results of the survey and the proposed changes to the SWMP.  The PowerPoint presentation given at the workshops can be viewed on line in HTML format  (Note -- Viewing the referenced ProwerPoint presentation in HTML online format is restricted to the MS Explorer Internet browser -- other browsers will not open the file -- i.e, Netscape, Linux, etc.  It is further recommended that uses access the file through a high-speed Internet connection).

        Nevada Recycling and Waste Reduction Contracts 2002 Request for Proposals -- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is soliciting proposals for 2002 Nevada Recycling and Waste Reduction contracts. This Request for Proposals is targeting rural municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, schools, the University and Community College System of Nevada, and other public institutions in Nevada. Proposals may be submitted for a one or two year contract term and should be developed using the guidelines in this document.  Proposals must be received in the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Branch, 333 West Nye Lane, Room 120, Carson City, Nevada 89706-0851 by 5:00 pm on May 1, 2002. Original proposals must be submitted; faxed and e-mail proposals will NOT be accepted. Proposals received after that time will not be eligible for consideration.
      Download RFP -- 4 Page Adobe PDF File

        Public Building Model Plan -- This PUBLIC BUILDING RECYCLING PROGRAM MODEL PLAN has been prepared by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to meet a statutory requirement established in 1999 to provide a model plan for office paper and other recycling programs at public buildings. It is intended to provide useful guidance for any government, institutional, or commercial building recycling program. The plan also describes some basic local government actions necessary to make recycling programs available, as required by the 1999 statute in counties whose population is more than 100,000.

        2001 Recycling Status and Market Development Report -- The NDEP has recently completed the biennial 2001 Recycling Status report and the annual 2001 Recycling Market Development report for the 71st Nevada Legislative Session. These reports have been combined into one document for presentation to the Legislative Counsel Bureau. They satisfy two recycling reporting requirements by NDEP to the state legislature and contain information and data regarding recycling and solid waste management in Nevada as well as the development of markets for materials diverted from landfill disposal in Nevada.

      January 2001 -- Trash Talk Newsletter  Trash Talk is a quarterly newsletter prepared by the Solid Waste Branch of NDEP.  The newsletter reports on the progress of state regulatory efforts and shares some the latest ideas in solid waste management.  The publication is available for online viewing or downloadable as an Adobe PDF file.  The January addition contains the following articles:
      Composting Heats Up in Nevada
      NDEP Modifies Proposed Recycling Regs
      NDEP Denies Class I Landfill Permit
      Community Profile - Lincoln County
      Clark County Recycling Forum Planned
      Training/Technical Assistance from NvRWA

      July 2001 -- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) will be holding a workshop on draft regulations concerning hazardous waste. The purpose of this workshop is to obtain input from the public and regulated community on the proposed regulatory changes -- The workshops will on August 8th and 9th in Las Vegas and Carson City -- Click here for more details.

      Amendments are being proposed to the Chemical Accident Prevention Program regulation (NAC 459.952 - 459.95528). The proposed changes are the result of directives from the 1999 Nevada State Legislature through the following bills:

      AB-173 Amends CAPP List of Highly Hazardous Substances
      AB-535 Subjects Explosives Manufacturing to CAPP
      AB-536 Requires Permits to Construct from NDEP

      A January, 2001 hearing date before the State Environmental Commission is anticipated. Workshops are scheduled in October, 2000 and written comments will be accepted through November 10, 2000.
       Dolwnload Public Notice
        Dolwnload Fact Sheet

      New Chemical Accident Prevention Program (CAPP) Regulation, Annual Registration Forms and Legislative Update now available on this website:

      (1)  The Chemical Accident Prevention Program regulatory amendment that was adopted by the State Environmental Commission on April 9, 1999 was filed with the Secretary of State and became effective on May 27, 1999. The effective version of the regulation is now available for downloading.

      (2)  Annual registration forms for all facilities subject to the provisions of CAPP are due to be filed with the NDEP by July 23, 1999. Forms are now available in word processor or pdf format for downloading.

      (3)  All CAPP-related legislation proposed as a result of the Commission on Workplace Safety and Community Protection recommendations has been approved by Governor Guinn. Final bill language can be accessed and downloaded on this website.

      NDEP's Recycling Web Page now availible:  The Recycling page contains the 1999 recycling biennial report to the Nevada Legislature, contact information on recycling programs at the county level, State statutes and regulations, "links" to recycling information on the web, and more!

      CAPP/RMP Workshops - May 1999     NDEP staff is offering workshops on implementing the requirements of the modified Chemical Accident Prevention Program regulation as adopted by the State Environmental Commission on April 9, 1999. The regulation includes provisions for complying with the EPA's Risk Management Program. The workshop is intended to help facilities in their scramble to meet the fast approaching June 21, 1999 RMP submission deadline. In an effort to accommodate busy professionals, a 2-day workshop has been structured to achieve different, but relevant objectives. You may elect to attend both days, or only the day that meets your needs.

      Note: The workshop originally scheduled for May 13th in Las Vegas has been cancelled due to a lack of response. The subject matter scheduled for the May 13th workshop will be covered in the May 11th session.

      Public Hearing:  A public hearing to adopt proposed changes to the CAPP (Chemical Accident Prevention Program) regulation has been scheduled before the State Environmental Commission (SEC). The hearing will commence at 8:30 AM on Friday, April 9, 1999 at the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Commission Chamber, 2nd Floor, in Carson City, Nevada. The Commission on Tourism is located at 401 N. Carson Street, which is just south of the Carson Nugget and two blocks north of the Capitol Building.

     Bureau of Mining Reclamation and Reclamation

      May 2000 -- The Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation is proposing changes to NAC 519A regulations.  The proposal includes revisions to ensure bonding for closure and fees to establish a readiness fund for emergency fluid management -- The modifications to NAC 519A are as follows:

     Bureau of Water Quality Planning

      September 2008 — RFP Grant Assistance (Nonpoint Source Program)

      Bureau's 2006 Biennial Report 4 Pages 60 KB

      January 2009 — Lower Truckee River Bioassessment Symposium: A 2-Day Symposium January 5 & 6 at the Desert Research Institute in Reno [2215 Raggio Pkwy] — pre-registration by December 19 is required
      Download Flyer    Meeting Agenda    Location Map 1    Location Map 2

      September 2008 — RFP Grant Assistance The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Nonpoint Source Program has approximately $800,000 in federal funding available to provide grant assistance for projects that control nonpoint source water pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in Nevada and nationwide. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: demonstration and evaluation of Best Management Practices to protect water quality; public education programs aimed at reducing NPS pollution; implementation of Low Impact Development practices . . . Proposals will be accepted until November 7, 2008. Specific questions about the RFP or eligibility for funding may be addressed to Birgit Widegren at 775-687-9550
           Download the RFP — Ms Word format Adobe PDF format

      December 2006: New Funding Opportunity — RFP, Nonpoint Source PollutionThe Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is seeking proposals to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution within the state.

      Juauary, 2005 – Draft Nevada's 2004 303(d) Impaired Waters List Pursuant to the Clean Water Act Section 303(d), the State of Nevada is required to develop a list of impaired waterbodies that need additional work beyond existing controls to achieve or maintain water quality standards. The additional work includes the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). The 303(d) List is the basis for targeting waterbodies for watershed-based solutions, and the TMDL process provides the analytical framework to develop solutions.  Written public comments on the draft document should be submitted by February 25, 2005. Questions or comments should be directed to:

      Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
      Bureau of Water Quality Planning
      333 W. Nye Lane, Room 138
      Carson City, Nevada 89706
      (775) 687-9451

      November 1, 2004 – The Nevada Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program is currently seeking proposals from public agencies, educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations to address nonpoint sources of pollution in Nevada. Approximately $1.5 million of federal funds are available under the authority of Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Detailed information on eligible projects and application instructions are contained in the Request for Proposals (RFP) document. The RFP is available in the following formats: MS Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If you are interested, please download the RFP using the links below.    The deadline to apply for these funds is December 30, 2004.

        Download the RFP530KB  600KB

      June 2004 – Draft CPP available for comments. The Bureau of Water Quality Planning is seeking public comments on the draft Continuing Planning Process (CPP) document. The CPP defines how NDEP is implementing Clean Water Act (CWA) programs addressing the water quality of surface waters and is a compendium of procedures for planning and implementing water quality management programs. The latest February 2004 draft revision expands the ANTIDEGRADATION section of Chapter 3 with a subtopic Use of RMHQs in 303(d) Listings. Comments are being accepted until July 12, 2004.

      December 05, 2003 – Request for Proposals – Taxonomic Identification and Enumeration of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Quality Planning collects aquatic macroinvertebrates on a statewide basis to assess the aquatic health of the state's streams and rivers. We are currently seeking two separate laboratories to do our routine macroinvertebrate analysis and to verify previous analyzed samples for quality control and assurance. Preference will be given to those laboratories that follow, or most closely follow, the California Department of Fish and Game Bioassessment laboratory procedures - Proposal Submission Date: January 5, 2004

      Download RFP (Adobe PDF File Format - 4 pages

      Download RFP (MS Word File Format - 4 pages


      October 18, 2003 -- World Monitoring Day -- World Water Monitoring Day is an international effort to draw attention to the issues that affect watersheds throughout the world. From September 18 - October 18, 2003, citizens throughout the global community will join together to monitor the quality of their local watersheds and enter the information in an international database. Then, on October 18, people across the globe will celebrate World Water Monitoring Day.   (Download Information Flyer - 270 KB

        May 09, 2003 -- Project Wet Workshop -- The workshop offers education on the Humboldt River Basin and Watershed, classroom-ready teaching aids, groundwater and watershed models and more Form details download flyer

         May 04, 2003 - (Sunday) -- Annual Tall Whitetop Pull on the Banks of Steamboat Creek
      9 am to 11 am -- For details view flyer

        April 02, 2003 -- Notice of Proposed Action -- In an effort to achieve and maintain the existing water quality standards for Bryant Creek, the Bureau of Water Quality Planning has developed a phased Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocation for several specific parameters.   The TMDL allocation is for Bryant Creek at the California-Nevada state line. For more details, including support documentation see the public notice for the the Bryant Creek TMDL on this website.

        February 2003 -- Project WET Workshop -- March 8th and 15th 8-5 pm, Western NV Community College, Reynolds Bldg. , Room 114 Carson City, NV -- Read Program Anouncement

        January3rd, 2003 -- National Youth Watershed Summit - - Four high school students and one teacher received scholarships from America's Clean Water Foundation to participate in the National Youth Watershed Summit on October 6-10, 2002 in Edgewater, Maryland. The Summit was one of many events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Nevada's delegation team received second place honors for their study of the Walker River Basin.

      Make A Splash - Water Festival -- On September 21, 2001 more than 50,000 kids across the country learned about the importance of water education through Project WET's "Make A Splash" Water Festival.  See what we did about helping local students increase their awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources.

      Notice --The Sustainable Land Stewardship (SLSI) in coordination with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) will be offering a 3-day Bioassessment Training at the TRPA office at Zephyr Cove, Nevada on August 27, 28 & 29, 2002.  Read the details:

        Data Solicitation for 2002 303(d) List development. -- In support of the 2002 303(d), the Bureau of Water Quality Planning is also soliciting the public for data and information pertaining to the water quality conditions of surface waters in Nevada. BWQP staff will evaluate all data and information submissions on a case by case basis to determine whether the information are applicable and useful for identifying impaired waterbodies as required by CWA. All submittals will be accepted until April 1, 2002.

      February 5, 2001 -- NDEP Website for Students - Carson River  As part of the Nonpoint Source Program’s education outreach efforts, staff in the Bureau of Water Quality Planning have developed a website that links local classrooms so students can share water-quality data collected as part of their studies of the Carson River. Students can use these links to compare data collected at various sites along the river and expand their awareness of the Carson River Basin and watershed management.  Although these web pages may be of primary interest to students, they also offer teachers, administrators, and community members an opportunity to understand more about the role of the Carson River in our region.

      The NDEP Bureau of Water Quality Planning (BWQP) is requesting proposals for financial assistance for the development or implementation of wellhead protection plans for drinking water wells and springs.   Cities, towns, general improvement districts, public water systems, and Native American Tribes are eligible for funding under this program.  Copies of the Request for Proposal (RFP) can be downloaded from this web site, and are available from the NDEP Bureau of Water Quality planning.  The deadline for submitting proposals to the BWQP has been extended to April 15, 2001, at 5:00 pm PST.  For more information, contact Nevan Kane at (775) 687-4670 extension 3104.

      Download the RFP

       September 6, 2000 -- The Bureau of Water Quality Planning has scheduled two public workshops.  The workshops will focus on proposed revisions to the Nevada state water quality standards for the Walker River (Nevada Administrative Code 445A.159 through 445A.169) and new water quality standards for Walker Lake pursuant to Section 303 of the Clean Water Act.

      Water Quality Monitoring -- See the updated list of In-State and Out-of-State Certified Labs (Lists of certified parameters available in PDF format.)

      See new information for the Lake Tahoe Tributaries Monitoring Stations, the Steamboat Creek Monitoring Stations, the Walker River Basin Monitoring Stations and the the Snake River Basin Monitoring Stations. Each station has the stream name, beneficial use and water sampling location along with an up and down stream photograph. Monitoring data for each station is availible in downloadable Adobe PDF file format. In all, there are more than 50 monitoring stations -- that's 50 photos of Nevada waterways.


      Public Notice -- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has developed a draft document updating the Nonpoint Source State Management Plan.  The draft document is available for public review and comment until July 16, 1999.  The purpose of this document is to fulfill Clean Water Act section 319 requirements to periodically revise and update the state plan to manage nonpoint sources of pollution.  Click here for more information.

      BWQP has added several new webpages, fact sheets, maps, and photos to the website. Examples include the 1998 Clean Water Act 303(d) Listed Waters Map, information about BWQP's public education campaign on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs); monitoring data for the Colorado and Carson river systems (in pdf file format); information about the Nevada Ecosystem Advisory Team (NEAT); and detailed fact sheets for protecting Nevada's ground water. The Fact Sheets address well head and ground water protection, domestic septic systems, home heating tanks, abandoned water wells, underground injection wells, and more. Check it all out on BWQP's What's New Page.

      Announcement:The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) announces that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the State Financial Assistance Program for Local Wellhead Protection is now available. The RFP may be obtained by calling (775) 687-4670 x.3088.

      Public Notice -- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has developed a draft document updating the Nonpoint Source State Management Plan.  The draft document is available for public review and comment until July 16, 1999.  The purpose of this document is to fulfill Clean Water Act section 319 requirements to periodically revise and update the state plan to manage nonpoint sources of pollution.  Click here for more information.

      June 1999 -- Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) must be received by the Division by 5:00 PM, August 6, 1999.  Background: Congress enacted section 319 of the Clean Water Act in 1987, establishing a national program to control nonpoint sources of water pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is caused by rainfall or snow melt moving over and through the ground and carrying natural and manmade pollutants into both surface and ground water. As part of the continuing effort to manage nonpoint source water pollution in Nevada, the Bureau of Water Quality Planning, Nonpoint Source Program is requesting proposals for nonpoint source implementation projects to be funded with federal fiscal year 2000 funds. Click here for more information

     Bureau of Federal Facilities

     Bureau of Water Pollution Control

    March 18, 2008 — FY09 Request for Proposal — NDEP Request-for-Proposals (RFP) for Wellhead Protection Program

    The State of Nevada Purchasing Division, on behalf of the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP), is seeking proposals from qualified entities to provide assistance to communities and small public water systems for the development and implementation of Wellhead Protection Plans (WHP Plans). Multiple two-year contract(s) with possible options to extend may be awarded beginning approximately July 1, 2008, for one or more components if it is in the best interest of the State. Proposals submitted in response must be submitted to the State Purchasing Division no later than 2:00 p.m. on April 23, 2008. The WHPP RFP No. 1695 can be downloaded from the State Purchasing website.

    January 29, 2008 — FY08 Request for Proposal Extension — NDEP Request-for-Proposals (RFP) for Wellhead Protection Program Grants 16 Pages - 60KB Adobe PDF File

    About the RFP: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection – Bureau of Water Pollution Control - announces the release of a Request-for-Proposals for Wellhead Protection Program Grants. Approximately $200,000 of non-match grants is still available to Nevada communities, tribes, and water systems to develop and implement wellhead protection plans to protect under-ground sources of drinking water. No match funding is required. The goal of Nevada’s Wellhead Protection Program is to enable every community in Nevada to implement a comprehensive local Wellhead Protection Plan tailored to the specific community. Proposals submitted in response to this RFP will be accepted on a first come first serve basis from January 29, 2008 through June 30, 2008 and/or until remaining FY08 available funds are depleted.

    January 25, 2008 — Request for Proposals (RFP) Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grants.
    NDEP is seeking proposals for projects and programs to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution within the state. Selected proposals will be awarded federal funds available under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Proposals will be accepted for consideration until January 25, 2008. Approximately $750,000 in federal grant funds is available; state and local governments as well as nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
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    May 9, 2007 — FY08 Request for Proposal — NDEP Request-for-Proposals (RFP) for Wellhead Protection Program Grants — 16 Pages - 60KB Adobe PDF File
    About the RFP: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection – Bureau of Water Pollution Control - announces the release of a Request-for-Proposals for Wellhead Protection Program Grants. Approximately $250,000 of non-match grants is available to Nevada communities, tribes, and water systems to develop and implement wellhead protection plans to protect under-ground sources of drinking water. No match funding is required. The goal of Nevada’s Wellhead Protection Program is to enable every community in Nevada to implement a comprehensive local Wellhead Protection Plan tailored to the specific community. Proposals submitted in response to this RFP will be due July 16, 2007.

    April 2006 — The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has approximately $250,000 in grant funding available to help Nevada communities, Indian tribes and public water systems develop and implement wellhead protection plans to protect underground sources of drinking water.
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    Workshop Announcement — Nevada Water Environment Association & Nevada 104(g) Circuit Rider Program is hosting An Emergency Response Plan Guidance workshop for wastewater systems. The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2005 (7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at the Winnemucca Convention Center 50 West Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada — Read/Print the Flyer

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    January 28, 2005— Gov. Guinn Announces $9 Million in Grants to Nevada Water Districts CARSON CITY – Governor Kenny Guinn, representatives from the Nevada legislature, the Nevada Board for Financing Water Projects and the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), presented $9 million in grants to water districts in Clark, Humboldt, Pershing and Washoe Counties in a presentation on Friday, Jan. 28, in the Governor’s office in the State Capitol.

    Photo — Leo Drozdoff, Administrator NDEP with Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn and Allen Biaggi, Director Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

      March 01, 2005 — Wellhead Protection Grants Available — No interest / no match grants are available to develop and implement wellhead protection plans for public water wells in Nevada. A request for proposals will be mailed to all public water systems on March 1, 2005 . Water systems can apply directly to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, or work with their consultant to prepare a proposal. Approximately $250,000 of non-match grants are available to Nevada communities, tribes and water systems to develop and implement wellhead protection plans to protect under-ground sources of drinking water. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 13, 2005.

      Examples of project grants have included:
      • Physical well/well house protection
      • Abandoned well inventories for the community
      • Land use management
      • Home waste collection days
      • Community mailings re: ground water protection issues (septics, dumping etc.)
      • Development of public school education programs
      • Wellhead protection signs.
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      October 07, 2004 – Online Form - Stormwater Discharge Permit Application For Construction Site Greater Than 1 (One) Acre – In an effort to improve our service to the public, NDEP has developed an electronic process for the submission of the Notices of Intent (NOI) for the above referenced permit application. The NOI provides immediate confirmation that a stormwater permit application has been received by NDEP. It also allows faster processing time for the regulated community. Currently, NDEP is managing approximately 2000 permittees annually under this program. In the future, a second and third phase of the online application process will be developed to address the regulated stormwater community for the Industrial and Mining sectors.

      April 06, 2004 – Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation – The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada is issuing the following notice of proposed action under the Nevada Revised Statutes, NRS 233B.0603. The Administrator is proposing various amendments on the "Use of Treated Effluent (Reuse) Regulations", Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 445A.275 through NAC 445A.280.

      Scheduled Workshops
      Carson City
      Monday, April 19, 2004
      8:30am - 10:00am
      Western Nevada Community College
      Reynolds Center for Technology Room 103
      2001 W. College Parkway
      Carson City, Nevada
      Henderson
      Friday, April 23, 2004
      10:00pm - 11:30pm
      Henderson Convention Center
      200 Water Street
      Henderson, Nevada
      Elko
      Monday, April 26, 2004
      1:00pm - 2:30pm
      Elko City Hall Council Chambers
      1751 College Avenue
      Elko, Nevada
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        September 2002 -- Nevada's 2002 303(d) List -- Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires that States develop a list of water bodies that need additional work beyond existing controls to achieve or maintain water quality standards. The additional work necessary includes the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).  The TMDL process provides an analytical framework to identify the relative contributions of each pollutant.  The TMDL identifies the sources and causes of pollution or stress, e.g., point sources, non point sources, or a combination of both, and establishes allocations for each source of pollution or stress as needed to attain water quality standards.  The section 303(d) List provides a comprehensive inventory of water bodies impaired by all sources, including point sources, nonpoint sources, or a combination of both.  This inventory is the basis for targeting water bodies for watershed-based solutions, and the TMDL process provides an organized framework to develop these solutions.  Download 2002 303(d) List - Adobe PDF File Format, 22 pages 415KB

        September 2002 --The Nevada Nonpoint Source Management Program is seeking proposals from public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to address nonpoint sources of pollution in Nevada.  Approximately $1.5 million are available for projects aimed at reducing, controlling and preventing nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, with the ultimate goal of improving water quality. Proposals are due November 15, 2002.

        The NDEP Bureau of Water Pollution Control is requesting proposals for financial assistance for the development or implementation of wellhead protection plans for drinking water wells and springs. Cities, towns, general improvement districts, public water systems, and Native American Tribes are eligible for funding under this program. Copies of the Request for Proposal (RFP) can be downloaded from this web site, and are available from the NDEP Bureau of Water Pollution Control. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 1, 2002, at 5:00 pm PST. For more information, contact Nevan Kane at (775) 687-4670 extension 3104.

      December 2001 -- Draft CPP available for comments. The Bureau of Water Quality Planning is seeking public comments on the draft Continuing Planning Process (CPP) document. The CPP defines how NDEP is implementing Clean Water Act (CWA) programs addressing the water quality of surface waters and is a compendium of procedures for planning and implementing water quality management programs. Comments are being accepted until March 4, 2002.

      December 2001 -- Draft 2002 303(d) Listing methodology available for comments. Comments on the Draft 2002 303(d) Listing methodology are being sought by the Bureau of Water Quality Planning. Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires that States develop a list of waterbodies needing additional work beyond existing controls to achieve or maintain water quality standards. The 303(d) List is the basis for targeting water bodies for watershed?based solutions, and the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process provides an organized framework to develop these solutions. Comments are being accepted until March 4, 2002.

      June 2001 -- Website Updates: The Board for Financing Water Projects and the grant program for drinking water systems are now posted on NDEP's website.  These programs were transferred to NDEP from the Division of Water Planning.

      New Guidance Documents
      April 2001 -- New Guidance document -- State Revolving Fund Priority Policy:  The document addresses the types of facilities eligible for a State loan as well as the mechanism for prioritization of submitted loan applications.  Nevada Priority System for Distribution of State Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Funds
      See additional information about the State Revolving Loan Fund

      WTS - 1A General design criteria for reclaimed water irrigation use  The guidance document describes design information to be evaluated in acquiring a discharge permit from NDEP to use reclaimed water (30 pages 71KB).


       WTS - 1B General design criteria for preparing an effluent management plan  The guidance document describes information to be evaluated in preparing a management plan for reclaimed water use (25 pages 60KB).

      January 6 2001 -- NDEP Circuit Rider Seminar  This winters weekend seminar will be a comprehensive overview of math requirements in wastewater treatment plant operations.  It will provide assistance for operators preparing to take the certification test on January 11, 2001.

      Notice of Public Hearing for the Proposed Intended Use Plan for the State Revolving loan program.  The hearing will be held on August 24, 2000 at 1:30 PM at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources conference Room 217 (123 West Nye Lane Carson City, NV). The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the Proposed Intended Use Plan for FY 2001 State Revolving Loan funds. The Intended Use Plan describes how the State Revolving Loan Fund program will be managed during FY 2001 and how the FY 2001 funds will be utilized. 

      Program Update -- Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.  The UIC program functions to prevent degradation of underground sources of drinking water within the State due to underground injection practices. The UIC Program regulates injection wells under the authority of the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Nevada Administrative Code.  This website updates includes a detailed discussion about Class V injections wells, links to EPA fact sheets and regulations as well as NDEP "Underground Injection Permit (UIC) Application Form"

      Fact Sheets are now availible for:  design criteria for septic tanks and individual disposal systems; information required for an operation and maintenance manual for a wastewater treatment plant; guidance document for design of treated effluent reuse sites; guidance for an application for rapid infiltration basins; guidance document for design of ground water monitoring wells; guidance for design of wastewater treatment ponds; guidelines for wastewater treatment plant effluent reuse; facts about abandonment of sewerage facilities, and more

      Permits and Forms are now availible for:National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR); Nevada Ground water Discharge Permit Applications Form and the Toxic Materials. Form

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