The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation extended the application deadline for the Lake Ontario general permit to April 30, 2019, as well as its expiration date.
This allows property owners affected by Lake Ontario flooding in 2017 and the resulting shoreline erosion and damage to make necessary repairs to their homes and businesses. Work must be completed by Sept. 30, 2019.
“Many residents and businesses along the southern shore of Lake Ontario are still grappling with the aftermath and trying to get their homes, businesses and lives back in order after last year’s flooding,” said State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District. “Extending the application deadline and expiration date for the Lake Ontario general permit will ensure that property owners have the time they need to complete the work they need to do and fully repair their homes and businesses.”
The DEC revised the permit to allow property owners to undertake additional work to restore their homes and businesses and stabilize their properties against high water levels and wind-driven high wave events. These activities include repair of erosion control structures that require minor deviations necessary for the stability of the structure, new toe stone necessary for the stabilization of vertical erosion control structures, new stone revetments for the emergency stabilization of existing dwellings and removal of channel blockages in tributaries to Lake Ontario blocked by shoreline sediments.
Under the general permit, applicants will receive a single approval from the DEC, the NYS Department of State and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Homeowners, businesses and municipalities can call (518) 474-2057 for information.