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Storm Recovery Permits

State Programmatic General Permit

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) 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 from April 5, 2017 through May 13, 2017. NYSDEC is currently reviewing comments.

Draft SPGP (PDF, 1.35 MB)
Draft SPGP Details (Appendix E)(PDF, 2.6 MB)

Emergency Authorizations

If you have a situation that immediately threatens life, health, property, general welfare or natural resources, state regulation does provide for emergency authorization for work to be done. Please review the Emergency Authorization web page for how to notify DEC prior to or within 24 hours of you taking action.

General Permits for Storm Recovery

DEC has issued a Storm Recovery General Permit GP-0-17-006 for 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 effective May 2, 2017. DEC has issued this GP 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.

Applications for shoreline work activities that are included in the GP will receive expedited processing. The repair of damages resulting from Lake Ontario high water levels that are beyond the scope of the activities included in the GP will be subject to individual permit authorizations, but will also receive priority review. Such activities may qualify for an individual permit or emergency authorization.

Emergency Declaration allowing for GP-0-17-006 (PDF, 321 KB)
General Permit GP-0-17-006 (PDF, 150 KB)
Application Instructions for GP-0-17-006 (PDF, 266 KB)
GP-0-17-006 Plan Notes & Project Drawings (PDF, 25 KB)

For further information, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator.


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