Directs the department of environmental conservation to design a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species and the mitigation of such threat.
BILL NUMBER:S7643A REVISED 6/16/14
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the navigation law, in relation to directing the department of environmental conservation to establish the universal signage warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species and providing for the elimination of such threat posed by watercraft
PURPOSE: Directs the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post, at public boat launches, a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species and the mitigation of such threat.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 35-d to require the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and establish a universal sign which may be posted at any access point to the navigable waters of the state relating to the threat and mitigation of aquatic invasive species. The department, within one year of the effective date of this law, shall conspicuously post or provide for the posting of this universal sign of not less than eighteen inches by twenty-four inches at each public boat launch site in the state.
Section 2 contains the effective date
JUSTIFICATION: Aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose a serious threat to the ecosystems and economies of the communities around our lakes, rivers and other bodies of waters. From Zebra Mussels, which are particularly abundant in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, and Chautaqua Lake; to Hydrilla on Long Island, Caygua Lake, and Upper Niagara River; aquatic invasive species are prevalent throughout our state.
Management of AIS control is very costly. Different types of control include mechanical, physical, chemical or biological. Each of these techniques have a collateral impact to the environment and not one is superior to another. Our best defense of AIS is to prevent the further spread of these species through education. By requiring universal signage at public boat launch sites people will be informed of not only the threat of AIS but also the best methods for boaters to prevent the spread.
It is not the intent of this legislation to require additional signage related to invasive species at public boat launches where such signage has already been placed.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7643--A Cal. No. 1021 IN SENATE May 22, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the navigation law, in relation to directing the depart- ment of environmental conservation to establish the universal signage warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species and providing for the elimination of such threat posed by watercraft THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The navigation law is amended by adding a new section 35-d to read as follows: S 35-D. AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES SIGNS AT PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCHES. 1. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION SHALL DESIGN AND ESTABLISH UNIVERSAL SIGNAGE WHICH MAY BE POSTED AT ANY ACCESS POINT TO THE NAVIGA- BLE WATERS OF THE STATE RELATING TO THE THREAT AND MITIGATION OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TEN OF SECTION 9-1703 OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW, IN THE WATERS OF THE STATE. THE DEPART- MENT SHALL PROVIDE THE UNIVERSAL SIGNAGE ON ITS WEBSITE IN A DOWNLOADA- BLE FORMAT. 2. COMMENCING WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, OWNERS OF EACH PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH SHALL CONSPICUOUSLY POST THE UNIVERSAL SIGN OF NOT LESS THAN EIGHTEEN INCHES BY TWENTY-FOUR INCHES, ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, AT EACH PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH IN THE STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15333-03-4