The Emergency Authorization granted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that allowed local governments and landowners to conduct emergency construction and repairs in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee expires Oct. 8 with the exception of three counties in the Southern Tier, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. “Restoring streams is important work and it must be done properly to ensure lives, property and the environment are protected,” Commissioner Martens said. “Doing the work the right way minimizes the potential for future flood events while safeguarding the aquatic habitats. DEC will continue to collaborate with communities and move quickly to authorize work while ensuring protective standards are followed.” To complete and initiate repair work after Oct. 8 outside of Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties, local governments and landowners will need to obtain a General Permit from DEC. For those in the Adirondack Park, DEC will coordinate with the Adirondack Park Agency to obtain necessary approvals. Currently, DEC makes site visits within five days of receiving a request. DEC plans to continue to expedite review of requests to begin repair work.
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