Water Laws

Title 38, Chapter  3: PROTECTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF WATERS

Subchapter 1: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BOARD

Article 1: ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL PROVISIONS

38  361-A. Definitions
38  362. Authority to accept federal funds
38  362-A. Experiments and scientific research in the field of pollution and pollution control
38  363-D. Waiver or modification of protection and improvement laws
38  372. Exceptions

Article 1-B: GROUND WATER PROTECTION PROGRAM

38  401. Findings; purpose
38  402. Research
38  403. Ground water quality
38  404. Ground water rights

Article 1-E: MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAM

38  410-F. Marine Environmental Monitoring Program
38  410-G. Report required

Article 1-F: NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION PROGRAM

38  410-H. Definitions
38  410-I. Cooperation with agencies
38  410-J. Program implementation
38  410-K. Program review

Article 2: POLLUTION CONTROL

38  411. State contribution to pollution abatement
38  411-A. State contribution to residential overboard discharge replacement projects
38  411-B. Planning
38  411-C. Maine Clean Water Fund
38  412. Grants by State for planning
38  412-A. Technical and legal assistance
38  412-B. Consultation on waste water disposal
38  413. Waste discharge licenses
38  414. Applications for licenses
38  414-A. Conditions of licenses
38  414-B. Publicly owned treatment works
38  414-C. Color pollution control
38  415. Appeals (REPEALED)
38  417. Certain deposits and discharges prohibited
38  417-A. Manure spreading
38  418. Log driving and storage
38  418-A. Protection of the lower Penobscot River
38  419. Cleaning agents and lawn and turf fertilizer containing phosphate banned
38  419-A. Prohibition on the use of tributyltin as an antifouling agent
38  419-B. Goals for dates of removal of transformers containing polychlorinated biphenyls
38  419-C. Prevention of the spread of invasive aquatic plants
38  420. Certain deposits and discharges prohibited
38  420-B. Surface water ambient toxic monitoring program
38  420-C. Erosion and sedimentation control
38  420-D. Storm water management

Article 2-B: MANDATORY SHORELAND ZONING

38  435. Shoreland areas
38  436-A. Definitions
38  437. Significant river segments identified (REALLOCATED FROM TITLE 12, SECTION 4811-B)
38  438-A. Municipal authority; state oversight
38  438-B. Timber harvesting and timber harvesting activities in shoreland areas; authority of Director of the Bureau of Forestry in the Department of Conservation
38  439-A. Additional municipal powers, limitations
38  439-B. Contractors certified in erosion control (WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE 1/1/13)
38  440. Federal flood insurance (REALLOCATED FROM TITLE 12, SECTION 4812-B)
38  440-A. Public access
38  441. Code enforcement officers (REALLOCATED FROM TITLE 12, SECTION 4812-C)
38  443-A. Cooperation; enforcement
38  444. Enforcement (REALLOCATED FROM TITLE 12, SECTION 4815)
38  444-A. Civil suit
38  445. Guidelines for shoreland zoning along significant river segments
38  446. Municipal ordinance review and certification
38  447. Functionally water-dependent use zones
38  448. Municipalities establish commercial fishing and maritime activity zones
38  449. Shoreland zoning report to Legislature (REALLOCATED FROM TITLE 12, SECTION 4812-D) (REPEALED)

Article 3: ENFORCEMENT

38  451. Enforcement generally
38  451-A. Time schedule variances
38  451-B. Variances (REPEALED)
38  452. Forms filed; right of entry; furnishing information
38  453. Penalties (REPEALED)

Article 4-A: WATER CLASSIFICATION PROGRAM

38  464. Classification of Maine waters
38  465. Standards for classification of fresh surface waters
38  465-A. Standards for classification of lakes and ponds
38  465-B. Standards for classification of estuarine and marine waters
38  465-C. Standards of classification of ground water
38  466. Definitions
38  467. Classification of major river basins
38  468. Classifications of minor drainages
38  469. Classifications of estuarine and marine waters
38  470. Classification of ground water

Article 4-B: WATER WITHDRAWAL REPORTING PROGRAM

Article 5-A: NATURAL RESOURCES PROTECTION ACT

38  480-A. Findings; purpose; short title
38  480-B. Definitions
38  480-C. Prohibitions
38  480-D. Standards
38  480-E. Permit processing requirements
38  480-E-1. Delegation of permit-granting authority to Maine Land Use Regulation Commission
38  480-E-2. Delegation of review authority to the Department of Health and Human Services or to a community public water system
38  480-F. Delegation of permit-granting authority to municipality; home rule
38  480-G. Periodic review of delegated authority
38  480-H. Rules; performance and use standards
38  480-I. Identification of freshwater wetlands and fragile mountain areas
38  480-J. Maps
38  480-K. Data bank
38  480-L. Research
38  480-M. Funds
38  480-N. Lake Restoration and Protection Fund
38  480-O. Bulkheads and retaining walls on Scarborough River; permit requirements
38  480-P. Special protection for outstanding river segments
38  480-Q. Activities for which a permit is not required
38  480-R. Violations; enforcement
38  480-S. Fee for significant wildlife habitat review
38  480-T. Transportation improvements (REPEALED)
38  480-U. Cranberry cultivation
38  480-V. Applicability
38  480-W. Emergency actions to protect threatened property
38  480-X. Alterations of freshwater wetlands
38  480-Y. Creation of agricultural irrigation ponds
38  480-Z. Compensation
38  480-AA. Coastal sand dune rules
38  480-BB. Significant wildlife habitat; major substantive rules
38  480-CC. Significant wildlife habitat; shorebird feeding and roosting areas
38  480-DD. Significant wildlife habitat criteria; reduction in certain significant wildlife habitats due to development or topography
38  480-EE. Significant wildlife habitat criteria; inland open water
38  480-FF. Notification of identification; shorebird nesting, feeding and staging areas
38  480-GG. High and moderate value inland waterfowl and wading bird habitat and excavations and quarries authorized pursuant to article 6, 7 or 8-A
38  480-HH. General permit for offshore wind energy demonstration project

Article 6: SITE LOCATION OF DEVELOPMENT

38  481. Findings and purpose
38  482. Definitions
38  483-A. Prohibition
38  484. Standards for development
38  484-A. Unlicensed pits; temporary licensing exemption
38  484-B. Additional standards for quarries and excavations
38  485-A. Notification required; board action; administrative appeals
38  486-A. Hearings; orders; construction suspended
38  486-B. General permit authority; Department of Transportation and Maine Turnpike Authority developments
38  487-A. Hazardous activities; transmission lines
38  488. Applicability
38  489-A. Municipal review of development
38  489-B. Uranium and thorium mining
38  489-C. Rescission
38  489-D. Technical assistance to municipalities
38  489-E. Rulemaking
38  490. Reclamation

Article 7: PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR EXCAVATIONS FOR BORROW, CLAY, TOPSOIL OR SILT

38  490-A. Definitions
38  490-B. Applicability
38  490-C. Notice of intent to comply
38  490-D. Performance standards
38  490-E. Variances
38  490-F. Review before expansion
38  490-G. Inspections
38  490-H. Enforcement and penalties
38  490-I. Municipal enforcement; registration
38  490-J. Fees
38  490-K. Transfer of ownership or operation
38  490-M. Erosion control requirements for clay, topsoil, or silt excavations of less than 5 acres
38  490-N. Release

Article 8-A: PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR QUARRIES

38  490-W. Definitions
38  490-X. Applicability
38  490-Y. Notice of intent to comply
38  490-Z. Performance standards for quarries
38  490-AA. Inspections
38  490-BB. Enforcement and penalties
38  490-CC. Variances
38  490-DD. Municipal enforcement; registration
38  490-EE. Transfer of ownership or operation; review before expansion; fees
38  490-FF. Release