RAPID/Hydropower/New York/Pre-Existing Land Use

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New York Hydropower Pre-Existing Land Use Assessment(13-NY)

In New York, a hydropower developer may need a Freshwater Wetlands Permit and/or a Tidal Wetlands Permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for projects that disturb or alter a protected state wetland or adjacent area. A hydropower developer may also need to provide a Coastal Zone Consistency Certification to the New York Department of State (DOS) if the proposed project is located within or may affect the NYS Coastal Area. Additionally, a hydropower developer may need to obtain a Tidal Wetlands Permit for new hydroelectric facilities, hydroelectric transmission projects, and any other projects that may alter the State’s tidal wetlands or adjacent areas. Finally, a hydropower developer may need to obtain a Freshwater Wetlands permit for new hydroelectric facilities, hydroelectric transmission extension projects, and any other projects that may alter the State’s freshwater wetlands or adjacent areas. A developer should consider the project’s location to determine the land use designation and potential development restrictions.

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