Adds the Wappinger Creek to the definition of inland waterways.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to adding the Wappinger Creek to the definition of inland waterways
PURPOSE: This legislation will include the Wappinger Creek as one of New York State's major creeks, and for it to be considered an inland waterway
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the executive law to include Wappinger Creek among the state's major creeks.
Section 2 establishes an effective date
JUSTIFICATION: Wappinger Creek plays an important role in Dutchess County, as it is the basis for the county's largest watershed. It is home to a number of resident and migratory species, and is a vital component of the Dutchess county ecosystem.
A healthy creek is important for groundwater quality, biodiversity, and recreation. However, upstream development and pollutants introduced in the upper creek have led to contamination of the public water supply wells in the lower watershed, which now includes six water bodies that are listed on DEC's Priority Waterbody List because they no longer meet their intended uses due to pollution. Efforts must be undertaken to remediate and restore the creek. Designation as an inland waterbody opens opportunities for funds for pollution clean-up and waterfront revitalization.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL & LOCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5408 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to adding the Wappinger Creek to the definition of inland waterways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 911 of the execu- tive law, as amended by chapter 133 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: (c) the state's major creeks comprised of the Bushkill, Cattaraugus, Cincinnati, 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, AND WAPPINGER; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11006-01-3