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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)



The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Department of Agriculture jointly manage the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) NPDES permitting program.

Bryan Ashby
DNREC, Surface Water Discharges Section
302.739.9946

Chris Brosch
Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrient Management
302.698.4555

Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution
(7 DE Admin. Code 7201)

The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) (PDF)
(7 DE Admin. Code 7201, Subsection 9.5)

The Department of Agriculture is the primary and initial point of contact for regulated farms. It conducts inspections, collects necessary documents, and reviews Nutrient and Animal Waste Management Plans. The final permit is issued by DNREC, with the assistance of the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

To be covered under the General NPDES CAFO permit, applicants must submit a completed Notice of Intent (NOI), and Nutrient Management and Animal Waste Management Plans to the Department of Agriculture:

Nutrient Management Program
Delaware Department of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

When all documents are complete and approved, an authorization letter under the permit will be sent to the applicant.

Forms and Documents

General NPDES Permit for CAFOs – Poultry Operations with Land Application (May 1, 2019)

Fact Sheet for General NPDES Permit for CAFOs – Poultry Operations with Land Application (May 1, 2019)

Final NOI and Application for General CAFO Permits

General NPDES Permit for CAFOs – Poultry Operations with No-Land Application (April 1, 2016)

DNREC Secretary’s Order No. 2016-W-0008 RE: General NPDES Permit for CAFOs for No-Land Application (March 30, 2016)

Fact Sheet for General CAFO Permit for Poultry Operations with No-Land Application (April 1, 2016)

Department of Agriculture

Nutrient Management Program

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Web Page




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