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Storm Recovery Permits

State Programmatic General Permit

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (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, 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.

An Emergency Declaration has been issued for Broome, Chemung, Columbia, Cortland, Monroe, Delaware, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne and Yates Counties for damage caused by the Summer Storm Activity of August 13-14, 2018.

Emergency Declaration (PDF, 98 KB) signed by Commissioner Basil Seggos on August 15, 2018.

General Permits for Storm Recovery

General Permit for 2018 Summer Storm Recovery

A General Permit (GP-0-18-006) has been issued to address impacts of heavy rains and flash flooding caused by thunderstorm activity on August 13-14, 2018. This General Permit is for non-emergency cleanup and repair work in DEC Regions 4, 7 and 8 necessitated by the summer storms of 2018.

General Permit GP-0-18-006 (PDF, 335 KB)

Application Instructions for GP-0-18-006 (PDF, 121 KB)

For further information, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator.

Lake Ontario Flooding: Revised General Permit Available

The expiration date of DEC's 2017 General Permit(GP-0-17-006) has been extended and authorized activities revised to include additional typical activities undertaken by shoreline property owners to make necessary repair and stabilize their properties from high water levels and wind-driven high wave events. The revisions incorporate lessons learned from experience gained over the course of the State's response to this major flooding event.

The 2017 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-0-18-002) covers the same 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 as GP-0-17-006, and is effective beginning June 28, 2018. Applications for coverage must be received prior to April 30, 2019. The expiration date for this permit has been extended to September 30, 2019.

General Permit GP-0-18-002 (PDF, 166 KB)

Application Instructions for GP-0-18-002 (PDF, 594 KB)

For further information, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator.


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