water pipe pouring out into larger body of waterAs part of the Clean Water Act of 1972, the NPDES permit program was created to address water pollution by regulating how and where pollutants are discharged to the waters of the U.S. As such, before companies can discharge pollutants, such as those found in stormwater or wastewater, into U.S. waters (or waters of the state), they must obtain the appropriate NPDES permits.

Here’s where it gets complicated: The NPDES permit contains strict regulations that are specific to each individual facility, such as limits on what a facility can discharge, requirements for monitoring and reporting, and other provisions—all designed to ensure the discharge doesn’t impact water quality or pose a health risk to the general population. Put another way, the NPDES permit translates the general requirements of the Clean Water Act into specific provisions tailored to the operations of each facility discharging pollutants. No two facilities will have the same requirements, which means there is no canned process for handling these needs – and it can be complex and cumbersome to navigate.

That’s where we come in.

This is not a one-size-fits-all process. The requirements for each and every permit are unique and require extensive expertise of both environmental engineering and the NPDES process itself. This is what we do, and we do it well.

Whether you’re applying for a new permit, initiating a renewal permit or struggling to comply with an existing permit, we will accompany you through the process to ensure all your specific wastewater and stormwater requirements are met. Our experts have 30+ years of experience addressing countless unique and complex environment compliance concerns for hundreds of clients across dozens of industries.

Our full spectrum of services spans the tactical to the strategic. We’ll handle all the moving parts—from the application process itself to communicating and negotiating with regulatory authorities to identifying potential issues—and much more, and everything in between. We’ll make strategic recommendations, help you execute on them and provide ongoing support as needed.

Specialized expertise. One point of contact. Tailored solutions.


“Whether I have a random question or need assistance with my NPDES permit, UEG always delivers reliable, friendly, and timely service. They provide the expertise and experience of a large firm but with the individualized attention of a small business. UEG is my go-to whenever I need water compliance support.”
-Ann Mehay, Environmental Specialist