NYSDEC recently issued a new general permit for construction activity. This permit was issued in January 2020 and was effective on January 29, 2020. You can view the permit on the Department of Environmental Conservation website. More information is available from NYSDEC's Stormwater Permit for Construction Activity website.


With certain exceptions, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be submitted prior to undertaking projects disturbing 1 acre or more in East Greenbush. A SWPPP approved in accordance with the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning Law and applicable NYS standards must be in place prior to commencing land development activity and disturbing soil.

Land development activity includes: construction activity including clearing, grading, excavating, soil disturbance, or placement of fill resulting in land disturbance of equal to or greater than one acre. Land development activity also includes activities disturbing less than one acre of total land area that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale, even though multiple separate and distinct land development activities may take place at different times on different schedules. Certain grading and filling activities disturbing at least 0.5 acres but less than 1.0 acre may be also subject to the Town’s grading and filling regulations.

Those proposing land development projects in Town are encouraged to contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 518-694-4011 or by email at alovely@eastgreenbush.org with any questions. Please visit the Planning and Zoning Department webpage to obtain a copy of the Town’s Land Development Application form and to access a copy of the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning Law.

Please visit the Department of Environmental Conservation for additional information about the NYSDEC stormwater permit for construction activity.

4-Hour Stormwater Contractor Training Events

Under NYSDEC rules, all construction site contractors and subcontractors must have at least one “trained individual” from their company on their construction sites on a daily basis. Training events are available each year. Please visit the Department of Environmental Conservation to view the NYSDEC training calendar.

Upcoming training events:

April 1, 2020 - 4-hour course offrered by Rensselaer County SWCD at the Brunswick Community Center - 18 Keyes Lane Brunswick NY 12180

In addition, NYSDEC has endorsed the NYS Conservation District Employees' Association online version of the DEC endorsed four-hour E&SC course. You can register and complete the course online. Please follow this link to learn more.

Please check back for updates. You may also contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 518-694-4011 or alovely@eastgreenbush.org for more information.

SWPPP Inspection Reports

Those with active permitted sites required to submit periodic SWPPP inspection reports should submit their reports electronically to swppp@eastgreenbush.org.