Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to implement preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species.
Ayes (59): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Smith
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
Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to imple- ment 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.
Invasive species pose a significant threat to our state's natural resources because they can threaten natural habitats, displace or eradicate native species, and contaminate our waters, forests and farms. Soil 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 Districts (SWCDs) reported involvement in invasive species control. Of those, 62 projects were to combat invasive weeds. Further, in 2012, SWCDs 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 Borer.
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 Borer.
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 for SWCDs technical knowledge will only increase. When the Department of Conservation's staffing cuts are also taken into account, the SWCDs 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.
2013: S.4396 PASSED SENATE
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4396--A Cal. No. 168 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 26, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, MARCHIONE, MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, O'MARA, RITCHIE, VALESKY -- (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 -- recommit- ted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading 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 PROHIBITED AND REGULATED SPECIES PURSUANT TO SECTION 9-1709 OF THE ENVI- RONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04344-03-4