Administers the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and the federal Small
Business Loan Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Issues Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certifications for
federal permits for construction in nearshore and inland waters.
Oversees the City and County of Honolulu in administering the Publicly
Owned Treatment Works Pre-Treatment Program.
Identifies sources of water pollution through area
surveillance, routine inspections, and complaint investigations.
Evaluates the impact of water pollutants on public health; determines
compliance with rules via source testing, water sampling, and special
studies; submits data that appear to indicate non-compliance to the
Analyzes water quality and operational data to determine degree
of non-compliance. Determines compliance with permit conditions via
site inspection, source testing and special studies; and corrective
measures through administrative or court actions. Coordinates with the
Wastewater Branch in enforcement cases regarding wastewater treatment
Fosters partnerships with other agencies involved in nonpoint
source pollution control. Promotes community-based watershed management
through education and voluntary compliance with environmental
management standards. Provides federal funding for demonstration of
best management practice (BMP) projects from the public and private
sectors relating to non point source control. Encourages and supports
programs for environmental education.