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For Release: Friday, April 29, 2011

DEC Region 7 Announces 'Finding of Emergency' For Flooding In Central New York Counties

Due to flooding, a "finding of emergency" has been prepared by the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Region 7 office for the counties of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins. The finding of emergency allows the region's Division of Environmental Permits to issue emergency authorizations to all affected persons, corporations and local governments that have a protected stream on their property which is severely impacted by the flood. To see if you have a protected stream on your property, please go to DEC's website.

Activities that DO NOT require DEC authorization are:

  • Removal of fallen tree limbs or tree trunks where material can be cabled and pulled from the stream without disruption of the stream bed or banks, utilizing equipment placed on or above the stream bank.

Activities that DO require emergency authorization are:

  • Installation or repair of rock riprap or other permanent streambank stabilization measures (300 linear feet or less);
  • Stream channel restoration (including excavation/removal of sand, gravel and bedrock and the use of temporary coffer dams and fill) to pre-flood depth, width, gradient and channel character matching the stable stream channel upstream and downstream of the
    project area in order to protect water quality as well as protect or restore structures such as roads, utility lines, bridges, houses and other pre-existing building; and
  • Bridge or culvert replacement or repair.

The emergency permit application with instructions is available by contacting the following: In Cayuga, Oswego and Onondaga Counties contact Elizabeth Tracy, eatracy@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 315- 426-7488 for further information or assistance. In Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Tioga and Tompkins Counties contact Joe Dlugolenski at jmdlugol@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 607-753-3095 ext. 233 for further information or assistance.

All other activities must be applied for under DEC's regular Protection of Waters stream disturbance permit program. More information is available on DEC's website.

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