senate Bill S7643A

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

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 22 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1021
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 7643A
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9927A

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9927A
Versions:
S7643
S7643A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Navigation Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง35-d, Nav L

Sponsor Memo

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 7643--A
    Cal. No. 1021

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

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