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Water Management Act Program Permits authorize the withdrawal of

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    Bureau of Resource Protection Drinking Water Program

    BRP WM 02 Water Management Act Program

    Permit Amendment Application - Instructions

    Water Management Act Program (WMAP) Permits authorize the withdrawal of water in excess of 100,000 gallons per day. WMAP permits are conditioned to mitigate impacts of the withdrawals to water resources and other users. Statutory and regulatory authority to amend permits can be found at MGL Chapter 21G and MassDEP regulations - 310 CMR 36.35. Completion of the form is self explanatory.

    Once completed, submit both the fee of $1,580 (waived for public water suppliers) and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211

THE FOLLOWING ARE COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS CONCERNING WMAP PERMIT AMENDMENTS

1. Who may apply for a WMAP permit amendment?

    Only a Water Management Act Program permit holder or authorized designee.

    2. What proposed changes to an existing WMAP permit constitute a permit amendment?

    a. Decreasing authorized permit volumes,

    b. Changing the location of one or more withdrawal points,

    c. Adding one or more withdrawal points,

    d. Changing the use of the water,

    e. Changing any permit conditions,

    f. Changing the location of discharge point(s

Note: Requests for increases in permit volumes require the filing of BRP WM03 - Permit Application Form.

2. What additional forms are required to be submitted with a Permit Amendment Form?

    Required forms are outlined in the permit amendment form and can be found on MassDEP’s Website.

3. What are the time lines for review of the submitted amendment form?

    Barring an incomplete submittal, MassDEP will complete an administrative review within 30 days of receipt

    of the amendment application, and a technical review within 45 days. A second technical review, if

    necessary, allows an additional 45 day review period. There is no public comment period requirement.

4. Does the amended permit’s annual compliance fee change?

    No. Annual compliance fees are on the MassDEP Website:

     http://www.mass.gov/dep/service/online/fees.htm.

5. How long is the permit amendment in effect ?

    The permit amendment is in effect for the life of the permit.

6. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit amendment?

    For new sources of supply, public water suppliers may require a Source Approval Process submittal. A

    request for a change of discharge point(s) may involve amending a (as applicable): a NPDES Permit; an

    Inter basin Transfer Act approval from the Water Resources Commission if water is withdrawn and

    discharged across river basin boundaries: Permit amendments may require MEPA review. Please review

    MEPA 301 CMR 11.00 to determine if the proposed project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds. For

    more information, contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge

    Street, Boston, MA 02202 at (617) 727- 5830.

    MassDEP cannot complete a technical review of the permit application until the MEPA process has been

    concluded. Copies of MEPA filings (with reference to any applicable Transmittal numbers) should be sent to

    the appropriate MassDEP regional office MEPA Coordinator.

     Find your region: http://mass.gov/dep/about/region/findyour.htm

     A WMAP Permit Amendment Form should be filed at the same time or immediately after other approvals

     have been obtained. Please contact MassDEP WMAP regional staff for advice on filing.

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    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    Bureau of Resource Protection Drinking Water Program

    BRP WM 02 Water Management Act Program

    Permit Amendment Application - Instructions

Application Completeness Checklist

    All forms instructions listed below are available from the MassDEP website. Please consult with Water Management Act Program staff at the appropriate Regional Office to determine the appropriate forms to submit.

     BRP WM02 Water Management Act Program Permit Amendment Form

     BRP WM03 WMA Form B for each groundwater withdrawal.

     BRP WM03 WMA Form C, for each surface water withdrawal.

     BRP WM03 WMA Form D1, for withdrawals in operation before the initial filing date in a river basin.

     BRP WM03 WMA Form D2, 5-year monthly projections for each withdrawal point in the application.

     BRP WM03 WMA Form D3, annual projections for the remainder of the permit period for each withdrawal point.

     BRP WM03 WMA Form H, for new non-potable groundwater withdrawal points.

     Form H, Groundwater Hydraulic Analysis for new groundwater withdrawal points.

     Submit an Environmental Notification Form to MEPA for new withdrawal points that have a capacity of 100,000

    gallons per day within 10 days of applying for this WMAP Permit Amendment and send a copy to MassDEP. Prior to submittal to MEPA - review with Water Management Act Program staff on applicable MEPA time frame submittals.

To submit the application package:

     Checklist items have been completed.

     The MassDEP Transmittal Form is properly completed: http://mass.gov/dep/service/online/trasmfrm.shtml

     Send a copy of the application along with one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to:

    Department of Environmental Protection

    Drinking Water Program Water Management Act Program

    Regional Office from where the withdrawal of water occurs

     Send fee of $1,580 in the form of a check or money order made payable to Commonwealth of

    Massachusetts along with one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: (public water suppliers fees are

    waived).

    Department of Environmental Protection

    P.O. Box 4062

    Boston, MA 02211

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