Government agencies have jurisdiction over creeks. Several governmental agencies have jurisdiction over activities that impact creeks. This is because water flowing through individual properties is not “owned” by the property owner, but is for the benefit of all, and also represents a hazard that warrants specific regulation. Furthermore, the unique habitat represented by the creek is protected by State and Federal laws.
Confusing permit regulations. The current set of Local, State and Federal regulations can be confusing, leaving creekside residents not knowing exactly what they are allowed to do to protect and preserve their property. The potential consequences of doing work in the creek without proper permits can range from requirements to return the creek to its original condition to criminal citations and fines.
Get a Professional Assessment. To be sure that work that you are contemplating on your creek property is properly permitted, as well as to be sure that it’s performed in the most effective and environmentally beneficial way, it’s best to obtain a professional assessment before you begin. Agencies that can help you by performing a site assessment include Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as well as professional environmental consulting firms.