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Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Permit Program: Other DEC Permits and Determinations

Additional Permits?

Your Project or Activity Will Require a Determination Under The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR). It May Also Require Additional Permits Under Other DEC Permit Programs. Examples:

  • Protection of Waters permits are required for certain activities such as:
    • dredging or filling which take place in navigable waters
    • activities which may result in disturbance to the bed or banks of protected streams.
  • If an activity will require a permit from the Corps of Engineers, then a Section 401 Water Quality Certification by DEC may also be needed.
  • If the activity will involve a discharge to ground water, a SPDES permit will be required

Unsure - Contact DEC!

If you are not sure whether your project requires more than one DEC permit, contact the Regional Office for the county where the wetland is located. If the project does indeed require more than one permit, check off all the pertinent boxes at the top of the application form. Submit the materials necessary for all required permits at the same time to allow simultaneous review of the entire project. Review of your project may not commence until these materials are submitted.

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR)

The Uniform Procedures Act requires that applications for DEC permits can only be considered complete after certain requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) have been met. This initially involves the applicant filing a completed environmental assessment form (EAF). Upon receipt of the application and EAF, DEC may choose to coordinate the SEQR environmental review of the project with other state or local agencies having jurisdiction over the project. In doing so, an agency other than DEC may ultimately be designated as the "lead agency". The "lead agency" determines whether or not the proposed project will have a significant adverse impact on the environment. If the project may have a significant adverse impact, the applicant must submit a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA)

In accordance with the State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA), DEC must evaluate whether or not a project may have an impact on historical structures or archaeological sites. If your application packet includes a Structural Archaeological Assessment Form (SAAF), please fill out the form according to its instructions. In some cases, a cultural resource survey, including a field study of archaeological or historic features may be needed.


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