BLOOMING GROVE - If you are a homeowner or landowner planning to do certain construction projects in or around waterways or wetlands, you may be required, by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to acquire a General Permit through your local Conservation District.

General Permits, sometimes referred to as GPs, ensure certain conditions are met, and best management practices are in place, to protect public health, safety, and the environment. This is required by law under Chapter 105 of the Pennsylvania Code.

Meeting the conditions of a General Permit minimizes impacts to local waterways and wetlands during all phases of your project.
It’s best to contact the Conservation District as early as possible when planning projects such as:
        Small Docks and Boat Launch Ramps
        Bank Rehabilitation
        Minor Road Crossings

Docks or Boat Launch Ramps

If you are planning to install or repair a dock or boat launch ramp, you may need a General Permit #2.

This permit typically applies to structures 750 square feet or less, although other size restrictions may apply in certain cases.

Contact your municipality and community association as early as possible when planning your project to determine whether local ordinances or covenants, in addition to General Permit requirements, apply to your scope of work.

Bank Stabilization

If you are planning construction or excavation work to maintain or stabilize the bank of a stream, pond or lake, you may need a General Permit #3.

This permit also applies to excavation of gravel deposits or sediment build-up within a stream or creek.

Additional considerations are needed if a wetland is present within your project area.

Minor Road Crossing

If you are planning to install, repair, or remove a bridge or culvert across a stream or wetland, you may need a General Permit #7.

Conditions for this permit include:
        Less than 0.1 acre of wetlands disturbance
        A watershed drainage area of 0 square miles or less
        Shall not narrow the existing channel

E-permitting Now Available

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) established e-permitting to streamline the General Permit application process. An Operator User’s Guide and Help Desk Support Line, 717-787-HELP (4357), are available on the DEP website.

To get started, you should create a GreenPort account.

When completing your online General Permit application, you will be asked to upload the following documents:    
        Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) search
        Project location map
        Project drawings showing aerial
and side views with dimensions
        An Erosion and Sediment (E&S) plan.

Contact your local County Conservation District, for technical assistance.
Pike County Conservation District asks that you contact them as early as possible when planning your project: Call 570-226-8220 or email pikecd@pikepa.org. Their office is in Blooming Grove.

Visit pike conservation.org to download the District’s Homeowners Guide to the Most Common Waterways and Wetlands General Permits.

Wayne County residents may contact the Wayne County Conservation District  in Honesdale at 570-253-0930. Visit wayneconservation.org for more information.