Yes, the vegetation is emergent or floating-leaf.
If the vegetation is floating-leaf
You may mechanically maintain a 15 foot wide channel though floating-leaf vegetation extending to open water, without a permit. Any greater removal will require a permit.
If the vegetation is emergent
Any removal of emergent vegetation requires a permit, however a permit of continuing duration to maintain a channel to open water may be obtained, under the following conditions:
- The channel is no more than 15 feet wide
- After the first year the channel is maintained mechanically (cutting or pulling)
- The channel remains in the same location from year to year
- These permits are not transferable