NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8349
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to the protection of certain streams
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This act will reclassify class C waterways as streams for the purpose of
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds waterways classified as "C" to the definition of streams.
Class "C" waterways, which are regularly used by people for boating,
fishing, and other activities, are not currently afforded the protection
that is provided to waterways classified as streams. Because of the
close contact people have with class "C" waterways, listing them as
streams will allow for their protection.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
No cost to the state.
90 days after the bill becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2019-2020 Regular Sessions
June 15, 2019
Introduced by M. of A. RYAN -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the
protection of certain streams
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 15-0501 of the environmental
2 conservation law, as amended by chapter 233 of the laws of 1979, is
3 amended to read as follows:
4 2. For the purposes of this section, stream shall mean that portion of
5 any fresh surface watercourse, except lakes or ponds having a surface
6 area greater than ten acres at mean low water level, for which the
7 department has adopted or may hereafter adopt pursuant to section
8 17-030l, any of the following classifications or standards:
9 AA and AA (T),
10 A and A (T),
11 B and B (T),
12 C and C (T)
13 Small ponds or lakes with a surface area at mean low water level of
14 ten acres or less, located in the course of a stream, shall be consid-
15 ered a part of the stream and subject to regulation under this section.
16 § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
17 have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.