Facilities with an NPDES or State Waste Discharge permit are required to monitor the discharge from their facilities and to submit reports to Ecology about this discharge. These reports, known as DMRs or Discharge Monitoring Reports, include information about the quantity of pollutants released into the environment. The report requirements differ by permit type and receiving water body.
Historically, facilities sent paper DMRs to Ecology. These DMRs were then entered into the database by Ecology staff. In spring 2010, Ecology transitioned to a system that allows facilities to enter their DMRs electronically. This new system, WQWebDMR, will allow all permit DMR data types (except for aquatics) to be entered into a secure on-line system. It contains validation routines so users can verify data accuracy and will provide a message to the user when permit requirements have not been met. Once submitted, the system automatically generates a report and emails it to them.
WQWebDMR looks very similar to paper DMRs; there is a separate form for each monitoring point on the site. Each pollutant that must be measured displays in the electronic form (like a table) where the quantity measured and the sample date can be entered. WQWebDMR includes a check box for “No discharge for this monitoring period” similar to the paper DMR. If needed, there is a notation box to explain the monitoring results.
The WQWebDMR system has been designed to accommodate each unique DMR and facility’s situation. As such, WQWebDMR allows facilities to enter DMR data in three different ways. These are:
Ecology provides assistance for all data entry options. If you have any questions before registering, please visit our contact page.
Ecology’s web site provides instruction for new users (see WQWebDMR User’s Guide).
Register for Water Quality Permitting Portal (WQWebPortal) - in 3 easy steps
Click “sign up” below. Complete the 6 part sign up sequence. Enter your information including your name and email address. You will receive an email confirmation. Click on the link in the email.
Login to SecureAccess Washington. Under “Add a new Service,” look for “ Water Quality Permitting Portal (WQWebPortal).” Click “Apply” in the left column.
Login to SecureAccess Washington. Under “Services” go to Water Quality Permitting Portal (WQWebPortal). Click on the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) link on the portal home page.
Note: If you would like step by step WQWebDMR registration instructions, please use the following PDF document - How to Register for WQWebDMR.
A: Ecology encourages permittees to use WQWebDMR. Currently the Construction Stormwater general permit and the Industrial Stormwater general permit require permittees to submit DMRs electronically with some limited exceptions. As Ecology reissues both general and individual permits it is including permit conditions requiring the use of WebDMR. To obtain an exception under the stormwater permits, the permittee must apply for a waiver. If you have questions on construction and industrial stormwater permit WebDMR waivers please refer to the contact information below.
A: WQWebDMR meets EPA’s security standards (CROMERR) and also complies with Secure Access Washington, thus it is a secure system.
A: Ecology provides instruction for new users. Email and phone assistance is available (see Contacts page). Contact us if you would like in person instruction. Currently, we do not have any upcoming trainings planned.
WQWebDMR User Guide: Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reports (Ecology publication)
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