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Storm Alert: Emergency Actions for Streams and Rivers

Fish and Game Code allows for emergency work to take place in streams and rivers without a CDFW permit. "Emergency" is defined as a sudden, unexpected occurrence, involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services.

More Information / CDFW Guidance

Fish and Game Code Section 1610 outlines a process related to emergencies that does not require acquisition of a permit from CDFW in advance of work within streams.

  1. Emergency actions can occur in advance of the actual damaging event;
  2. Emergency actions may also include necessary subsequent actions (e.g. debris removal) that followed an immediate emergency (e.g. flooding);
  3. Entities must notify CDFW in writing within 14 days after beginning the emergency work; and
  4. CDFW is available to assist with any related questions (contact the Regional Manager of the applicable Regional Office).

See also: more information regarding the emergency notification process and more information about CDFW’s streambed alteration program in general.

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