The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has proposed a draft general permit for bulkhead repairs on parts of the south shore of Long Island.
Where: General Permit No. GP-1-13-001 (the “General Permit”) would be available for use on the south shore of Long Island west of the Robert Moses Causeway to the Queens County border, excluding areas of vegetated tidal wetlands, any ocean shore, the ocean front of Long Beach Island, and all of the Jones Beach State Park and Robert Moses State Park barrier islands.
What: The General Permit would authorize
- The removal and replacement of a functional and lawfully existing bulkhead in the same location as an existing bulkhead, up to 18 inches higher in elevation than the existing bulkhead.
- A limited amount of maintenance dredging associated with replacement of the bulkhead.
The General Permit would obviate the need for individual permits under the following programs:
- Tidal Wetlands (Environmental Conservation Law (“ECL”) Article 25)
- Excavation and Fill in Navigable Waters (ECL Article 15, Title 5)
- Water Quality Certification (Clean Water Act § 401)
How: An applicant must submit to DEC a Request for Authorization Form containing a project location map, project plans, a survey depicting the bulkhead, recent color photographs of the site, and permission for DEC to inspect the property. The applicant must receive written confirmation of authorization before undertaking any work pursuant to the General Permit.
Why: According to DEC, the General Permit is a continuation of the emergency general permit for storm repair work issued in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in order to expedite recovery. That permit was originally issued in October 2012 and replaced in July 2013. The current permit is effective until October 31, 2014.
When: DEC is accepting written comments on its proposal until January 31, 2014. Comments may be sent to
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233
SPR will keep abreast of future developments concerning this permit.