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Bill S4396-2013

Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to implement preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species

Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to implement preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species.

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Actions

  • May 21, 2014: returned to senate
  • May 21, 2014: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 3, 2014: referred to environmental conservation
  • Mar 3, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 3, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Feb 27, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Feb 26, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 11, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.168
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 21, 2013: referred to environmental conservation
  • Jun 20, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 20, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • May 6, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 1, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 30, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.469
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Apr 30, 2013
Ayes (12): Grisanti, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Serrano, Latimer, Tkaczyk
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Feb 11, 2014
Ayes (12): Grisanti, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Serrano, Latimer, Tkaczyk

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4396

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to authorizing directors of soil and water conservation districts to carry out preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species

PURPOSE:

Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to implement preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 9 of the soil and water conservation districts law by adding a new subdivision 16 allowing soil and water conservation districts to carry out preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species in the commitment to the principles and practices of preservation and conservation of the soil and water resources of this state and to the policies set forth in section two of the current chapter.

Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Invasive species pose a significant threat to our state's natural resources because they can threaten natural habitats, displace or erradicate native species, and contaminate our waters, forests and farms. Solid and Water Conservation districts have proven to be an invaluable tool in preserving and protecting New York's soil, water and other natural resources.

In 2012, 24 of 58 Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reported involvement in invasive species control. Of those 62 projects were to combat invasive weeds. Further, in 2012, SWCD treated 6,551.5 acres for invasive species.

Warren County SWCD is combating Asian clams in Lake George, while Tompkins SWCD is addressing the Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake. The Onondaga SWCD is heavily involved in the efforts to inventory and treat trees impacted by the notorious Emerald Ashe Boer.

Other well known invasives being addressed by SWCDs include: the Spiny Water Flea, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Purple Loosestrife, Giant Hog Weed, Japanese Knotweed, Black Swallow Wart, Japanese Honeysuckle, Mile a Minute Vine, Garlic mustard, Viburum Leaf Beetle, and the European Boer.

The State's SWCDs are sought after by municipalities, farmers, and the general public, and a natural fit for Invasive Species control due to their technical ability to identify, eradicate and control the spread of invasives. In addition, SWCDs, as nonregulatory entities, are able to access private and public lands, as well as write and administer grants for education and eradication programs.

As the challenges of invasives grows, and continue to spread throughout the state, the demand far SWCD technical knowledge will only increase. When the Department of Conservation's staffing cuts are also taken into account, the SWCD involvement with helping to stop invasives is even more critical.

At the request of the SWCDs, this legislation provides statutory authority for them to continue preventative and control measures, such as the remediation and education programs already implemented. These programs focus on identification, eradication, prevention and education about invasives. This legislation will ensure that they can continue to provide these critical services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4396 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 26, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to authorizing directors of soil and water conservation districts to carry out preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 9 of the soil and water conservation districts law is amended by adding a new subdivision 16 to read as follows: (16) TO CARRY OUT PREVENTATIVE AND CONTROL MEASURES FOR THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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