US Army Corps of Engineers
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USACE Buffalo provides guidance on permits needed for shoreline work being performed along Lake Erie

Published June 6, 2018

Buffalo, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District urges the public with properties along Lake Erie to contact USACE’s Regulatory Branch at 716-879-4330 or visit their website at to ensure proper permits are in order for any existing or planned shoreline alterations. 

A Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act permit and/or Section 404 Clean Water Act permit are required for any work in, over, and/or under a navigable water, such as Lake Erie. A federal permit from the USACE may be required even if state authorization has already been granted.

USACE is issuing this guidance due to the above average high lake levels and strong NE winds this spring, which has prompted an uptick in phone calls from the public regarding shoreline protection measures they wish to implement. USACE has also fielded increased calls reporting alleged violations of permit requirements; such concerns are reportable through the USACE website as well.


Dr. Michael Izard-Carroll
716-868-2060 (cell)
716-879-4434 (fax)
1776 Niagara St.

Release no. 18-008