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.
- Emergency actions can occur in advance of the actual damaging event;
- Emergency actions may also include necessary subsequent actions (e.g. debris removal) that followed an immediate emergency (e.g. flooding);
- Entities must notify CDFW in writing within 14 days after beginning the emergency work; and
- 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