Includes the Sacandaga river within the definition of inland waterways for the purposes of waterfront revitalization.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to including the Sacandaga River within the definition of "inland waterways" for the purposes of waterfront revitalization
PURPOSE: To designate the Sacandaga River as an Inland Waterway for purposes of the State's Coastal and Inland Waterways Program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends Subdivision 4 of Section 911 of the Executive Law by expanding the definition of Inland Waterways to include the Sacandaga River.
JUSTIFICATION: Designation as an "inland waterway" makes the local communities along such waterway eligible to participate in New York's Coastal and Inland Waterways Program. The State offers a grant program, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund, which assists communities in developing and implementing local waterfront revitalization programs. These initiatives can be invaluable in revitalizing the area and in fostering the beneficial use of the waterfront. In recent years, several waterways have been added to the definition, reflecting the interest in, and benefits of, this program. This legislation would amend the definition to also include the Sacandaga River, located in Saratoga and Hamilton counties. The Sacandaga River feeds into the Great Sacandaga Lake, which is already defined to be an inland waterway. In addition, there is a short stretch of the Sacandaga River in the Town of Hadley (Saratoga County) which connects two bodies of water which are already designated as inland waterways: the Great Sacandaga Lake and the Hudson River. This particular stretch of river is known for its recreational opportunities, especially whitewater rafting, as well as for being the site of a restored and unique historic bridge from the late 1800s.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 4763 A. 7241 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y April 20, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. SAYWARD -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to including the Sacanda- ga River within the definition of "inland waterways" for the purposes of waterfront revitalization THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 911 of the executive law, as sepa- rately amended by chapters 9 and 184 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 4. "Inland waterways" shall mean (a) the state's major inland lakes consisting of lakes Big Tupper, Black, Canandaigua, Cayuga, Champlain, Chautauqua, Conesus, Cranberry, George, Great Sacandaga, Honoeye, Indi- an, Keuka, Long, Mirror, Oneida, Onondaga, Otisco, Otsego, Owasco, Plac- id, Raquette, Ronkonkoma, Sacandaga, Saratoga, Schroon, Seneca, Skanea- teles, Silver (in the county of Wyoming) and Saranac, and the Fulton chain of lakes; (b) the state's major rivers comprised of the Ausable, Black, Boquet, Canisteo, Chaumont (including Chaumont bay), Chemung, Cohocton, Delaware, Deer, Genesee, Grasse, Hudson north of the federal dam at Troy, Indian, Little (in the Adirondack park), Little Salmon (including north and south branches), Mad, Mettowee, Mohawk, Oswegat- chie, Racquette, SACANDAGA, Salmon, Saranac, Susquehanna, Tioga and Tioughnioga rivers, and the north and middle branches of the Moose river; (c) the state's major creeks comprised of the Bushkill, Cincinna- ti, East Kill, Esopus (including upper and lower branches), Fish (including east and west branches), Gooseberry, Little Sandy, Onondaga, Sandy, Schoharie, South Sandy, Oatka and Tonawanda and West Kill; (d) the Barge Canal System as defined in section two of the canal law; andEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10826-01-1 S. 4763 2 A. 7241
(e) the adjacent shorelands to the extent that such inland waters and adjacent lands are strongly influenced by each other including, but not limited to, islands, wetlands, beaches, dunes, barrier islands, cliffs, bluffs and erosion prone areas. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.