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Permitting

Overview - CRMC Assent - DEM Requirements - Federal Permits

Overview of Permitting Authorities

Seagrass, salt marsh, and anadromous fish restoration projects require permits from both state and federal agencies including the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Although other state and federal agencies will review project proposals, there are three permits that must be obtained: the CRMC Assent, the DEM Water Quality Certification, and the USACE 404 Permit. The requirements of each agency are summarized on the other pages of this section, however please refer to the appropriate agency staff for specific information about these regulations.

The permitting process is also summarized in printable flowchart. The following list identifies permitting authorities for different habitat restoration activities.

Seagrass Beds (Eelgrass)
  • Coastal Resources Management Council permit
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 permit (potential)
  • Commenting authority by Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service and United States Fish & Wildlife Service through Programmatic General Permit
Salt Marshes
  • Coastal Resources Management Council permit for coastal wetlands and freshwater wetlands within Coastal Resources Management Council's jurisdiction (jurisdiction map)
  • Commenting authority by Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service and United States Fish & Wildlife Service through Programmatic General Permit
Anadromous Fish Runs
  • Department of Environmental Management Freshwater Wetlands Section permit or Coastal Resources Management Council permit depending upon location and jurisdiction of the project (jurisdiction map)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 permit (potential)
  • Commenting authority by Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service through Programmatic General Permit

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Coastal Resources Management Council
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