Element 9- Strategic Planning for Future Development

Permits Issuance Process

Strategic Summary

The Water Protection Program, Water Pollution Control Branch will continue to explore efforts that promote efficiencies in the permit issuance processes. This includes developing additional modules in the ePermitting system giving ePermitting applicability to more permittees. The branch will also explore the possibility of transitioning some site specific permittees to general permits. By allowing coverage under a general permit the branch is able to achieve efficiencies in processing permit renewal applications thus focusing resources toward other initiatives. Over the next several years the branch will continue to synchronize permits by 8-digit HUC. This will provide unique permitting opportunities in the way of pollutant trading, schedules of compliance, and watershed wide permitting approaches. Synchronization will allow the branch to see holistic water quality improvement over an entire area thus having a greater impact.