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GENERAL PERMIT 27 – Dredging of Sand from a Man-Made Lagoon Deposited as a Result of a Storm Event for which the Governor Declared a State of Emergency

General Permit 27 authorizes the dredging of sand from a man-made lagoon that was deposited as a result of a storm event for which the Governor declared a State of Emergency, provided:

  • The volume of sand to be dredged is limited to that which was deposited as a result of the storm event;
  • The area to be dredged is limited to that where the sand was deposited as a result of the storm event;
  • The sand removed by dredging is placed on an upland site, dewatered as necessary within a temporary dewatering area, and capped with a 6” layer of clean fill and stabilized;
  • No wetlands are present within 25’ of the area to be dredged; 
  • A 25’ buffer is provided from any wetlands to the nearest edge of the area to be dredged; and
  • Any debris contained within the dredged sand is removed and disposed of properly.

Please be advised:

  • Sand means, for the purposes of this section, a material consisting of 90% or greater of particles by weight retained on a 0.0625 mm sieve.
  • An application under this General Permit shall be received by the Department no later than 24 months after the date the Governor declared a State of Emergency.
  • An authorization of dredging issued under this General Permit shall not be considered in determining whether a future dredging activity constitutes maintenance dredging as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-12.6 at the same site.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.27

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 27, it may qualify for another General Permit, Permit-by-rule, or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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