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General Permits for Stream Crossings for Timber Harvesting

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued two General Permits under the authority of Environmental Conservation Law Article 15, Title 5 Stream Disturbance and Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification:

General Permit GP-0-13-002 (PDF) (52 KB) Temporary Bridges/Arch Culverts for Logging Activities

The placement, construction, maintenance and removal of stream crossings for timber harvesting only and limited in scope to:

  1. Temporary Bridges - placed bank-to-bank with a bridge length no greater than 30 feet long, limited to no more than one crossing per 1,000 feet of stream course, and removed upon completion of work.
  2. Temporary Arch Culverts - a single arch bottomless culvert only, in streams no greater than 4 feet wide, limited to no more than one crossing per 1,000 feet of stream course, and removed upon completion of work.

If DEC does not contact the Applicant regarding any environmental concerns within 5 business days of DEC's receipt of the Request for Authorization and enclosures, the project can proceed without further approval. Otherwise the project may not proceed until concerns are resolved.

General Permit GP-0-13-004 (PDF) (63 KB) Temporary Bridges/Culverts for Logging Activities

The placement, construction, maintenance and removal of stream crossings for timber harvesting only and limited in scope to:

  1. Temporary Bridges - placed bank-to-bank with a bridge length no greater than 50 feet long, limited to no more than one crossing per 1,000 feet of stream course, and removed upon completion of work.
  2. Temporary Culverts - a single culvert only, in streams no greater than 8 feet wide, limited to no more than one crossing per 1,000 feet of stream course, and removed upon completion of work.

No work is authorized until the permittee receives the signed Project Authorization by NYSDEC.

These permits do not authorize permanent crossings of any type; stream fords except any equipment access ford associated with an approved bridge or culvert; crossings located within state regulated Freshwater Wetlands and adjacent areas; crossings at locations containing state listed Threatened and Endangered species; crossings over Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers; and multiple culverts installed side-by-side.

Read General Permit GP-0-13-002 (PDF) (52 KB) and General Permit GP-0-13-004 (PDF) (63 KB) to see if your project is covered.

If your project is included in the list of authorized activities, read the Instructions to Applicants (PDF) (525 KB). Fill out and submit the Request for Authorization (PDF) (83.6 KB) to the DEC Regional Permit Administrator. DEC encourages electronic submission of the Request for Authorization.

The following items must be submitted with the Request for Authorization:


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