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Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Permit Program: Standards for Issuance


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Before a river system permit can be issued, the Department must first determine that:

  1. The proposed land use or development is consistent with the purposes and policies of the Act and with the provisions of 6NYCRR Part 666;
  2. The resources specified in Section 666.2(e) will be protected and the proposed activity will not have an undue adverse environmental impact;
  3. No reasonable alternative exists for modifying or locating the proposed activity outside of the designated river area; and
  4. Actions proposed to be undertaken by state agencies are designed to preserve, protect or enhance the resources and values of designated rivers.

Permit Conditions

Any permit issued pursuant to the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act may be issued with conditions as are necessary to assure the preservation and protection of the affected river area resources and to assure compliance with the policy and provisions of 6NYCRR Part 666.

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