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General Permits for Storm Recovery

General Permits for Storm Recovery may be issued for affected regions of the state for non-emergency cleanup and repair work necessitated by severe storms which may include heavy rains, flash flooding, thunderstorms, etc.

Lake Ontario Flooding 2019: General Permit Available

DEC has issued a new General Permit (GP-0-19-003) for typical activities needed to be undertaken by shoreline property owners to repair and stabilize properties damaged by high water levels and wind-driven high wave events in April and May of 2019.

The 2019 General Permit was issued to address impacts of high water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River due to above average precipitation and snow melt in the Great Lakes Basin along the Lake Ontario, Lower Niagara River and St. Lawrence River shorelines.

The new General Permit (GP-0-19-003) covers the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Shoreline areas of the counties of Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne in DEC Regions 6, 7, 8 and 9, and is effective beginning April 30, 2019. Applications for coverage must be received prior to April 30, 2020. The expiration date for this permit is September 30, 2020.

General Permit GP-0-19-003 (PDF)

Application Instructions for GP-0-19-003 (PDF)

Emergency Declaration (PDF) signed by Commissioner Basil Seggos

For further information, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator. See the NYS Lake Ontario Flooding web page for additional flooding information and resources.

Watch a clip on how to submit a Lake Ontario Flood Permit Application.

State Programmatic General Permit

DEC and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) propose to issue the Statewide Programmatic General Permit (SPGP) for post-storm recovery activities in portions of New York State. The SPGP would offer one application for the purpose of complying with both agencies' regulations pursuant to the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Appropriations Act of 1899 and New York State Environmental Conservation Law, which collectively govern discharge of pollutants into fresh waters, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands.

Public comments on the Draft SPGP and Draft SPGP Details were accepted in 2017. DEC is currently reviewing comments.

Draft SPGP (PDF)

Draft SPGP Details (Appendix E) (PDF)


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