Lifton’s Aquatic Invasive Species Legislation Passes Assembly

June 20, 2014

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) today announced the passage of her legislation in the Assembly to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species across New York State.

“I am pleased that the Assembly has responded to the concerns we see across the state with aquatic invasive species, such as hydrilla, zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Once they take hold, eradication of these pest species is costly and often futile, so taking preventative measures with all watercraft as required by my legislation is the only long-term solution,” Lifton explained.

The legislation requires that reasonable precautions be taken, such as removal of plant and animal matter, upon launch of watercraft and floating docks. Under the bill, the Department of Environmental Conservation is authorized to promulgate detailed regulations.

“With significant impacts to recreation and water-based industries already occurring in New York from aquatic invasive species, we only stand to gain by preventing the further spread of virulent, non-native plants and animals,” Lifton said.

The bill is in the Environmental Conservation Committee in the Senate.