senate Bill S4287B

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes seagrass protection act

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  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 31, 2012 signed chap.272
Jul 20, 2012 delivered to governor
May 07, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 01, 2012 advanced to third reading
Apr 30, 2012 2nd report cal.
Apr 26, 2012 1st report cal.593
Mar 30, 2012 print number 4287b
amend and recommit to environmental conservation
May 14, 2012 returned to senate
repassed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.274
substituted for a7988a
Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
Jun 24, 2011 recommitted to rules
restored to third reading
substitution reconsidered
Jun 22, 2011 substituted by a7988
ordered to third reading cal.1498
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 07, 2011 reported and committed to commerce, economic development and small business
Jun 01, 2011 print number 4287a
amend and recommit to environmental conservation
Mar 28, 2011 referred to environmental conservation

Votes

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Apr 26, 2012 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S4287B
12
0
committee
12
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Apr 26, 2012

aye wr (2)

Jun 22, 2011 - Rules committee Vote

S4287A
24
0
committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 7, 2011 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S4287A
10
0
committee
10
Aye
0
Nay
4
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

Original
A
B (Active)
Original
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B (Active)

S4287 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7988A
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 13 Title 7 §§13-0701 - 13-0705, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S7235A, A10269B, S8343
2011-2012: S2741A

S4287 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the seagrass protection act; defines terms; outlines department of environmental conservation's responsibilities in developing seagrass management areas.

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BILL NUMBER:S4287

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to establishing
the seagrass protection act

PURPOSE:
To authorize the Department of Environmental Conservation to adopt
rules and regulations to regulate coastal and marine activities that
threaten seagrass.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends Article 13 of the environmental conservation law by
adding a new Title 7 granting DEC the authority to:

o Restrict the types of mechanically powered fishing gear in seagrass
areas that could be harmful to the grass;
o Identify harmful pesticides and chemicals to seagrass and make
recommendations in regards to restricting their use in seagrass areas;
o Make this information available on the DEC website;
o Prohibits a person in a coastal community from applying fertilizer
containing phosphorus after November first and before April List;
o Develop and adopt, after consultation with stakeholders, a seagrass
management plan for designated seagrass management areas to protect
seagrass beds and preserve traditional recreational activities.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York seagrass beds are a vital habitat and nursery grounds for
numerous commercially, recreationally and ecologically important fish
and shellfish species. Seagrass beds used to be much larger - some
estimates reaching as large as 200,000 acres in 1930. Today only
21,803 acres remain. Seagrass is such a vital part of our underwater
environment. The DEC should have authority to protect it. The
substance of this legislation was recommended by the NYS Seagrass
Task Force.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                  4287

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  establishing the seagrass protection act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Article 13 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new title 7 to read as follows:
                                  TITLE 7
                         SEAGRASS PROTECTION ACT
SECTION 13-0701. SHORT TITLE.
        13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
        13-0705. DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
        13-0707. FERTILIZER REDUCTION IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES.
S 13-0701. SHORT TITLE.
  THIS ACT SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS  THE  SEAGRASS  PROTECTION
ACT.
S 13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
  1.  "COASTAL COMMUNITY" SHALL MEAN A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS DEFINED
IN SECTION TWO OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, IN THE COUNTY OF NASSAU  OR
SUFFOLK.
  2.  "FERTILIZER" SHALL MEAN A COMMERCIAL FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTED PRIMA-
RILY FOR NON-FARM USE, SUCH AS HOME GARDENS, LAWNS, SHRUBBERY,  FLOWERS,
MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES AND MUNICIPAL PARKS.
  3.  "SEAGRASS"  SHALL  MEAN  ROOTED, VASCULAR, FLOWERING MARINE PLANTS
THAT ARE SUBMERGED IN NEW YORK'S  BAYS  AND  COASTAL  WATERS,  INCLUDING
ZOSTERA MARINA AND RUPPIA MARITIME.
S 13-0705. DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
  1.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ADOPT RULES AND REGU-
LATIONS TO REGULATE COASTAL AND MARINE ACTIVITIES THAT THREATEN SEAGRASS
BEDS OR SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE DESIGNATION OF SEAG-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10538-01-1

S. 4287                             2

RASS MANAGEMENT AREAS PURSUANT TO SEAGRASS  MANAGEMENT  PLANS.    DESIG-
NATION  OF  SUCH  AREAS  SHALL INCLUDE CONSIDERATION, ON A GEOGRAPHIC OR
ESTUARINE BASIS, OF LIKELY THREATS TO SEAGRASS.
  2.  FOR EACH DESIGNATED SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT AREA, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL
DEVELOP AND ADOPT A SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT PLAN TO GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF
RULES AND REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.  SUCH
PLAN SHALL BE  DEVELOPED  AFTER  CONSULTATION  WITH  LOCAL  GOVERNMENTS,
REPRESENTATIVES  OF RECREATIONAL BOATING INTERESTS, THE MARINE INDUSTRY,
AFFECTED PROPERTY OWNERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, SO  AS  TO  EFFECTIVELY
MANAGE  AND  PROTECT  SEAGRASS BEDS AND SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS. IN
ADDITION, SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT PLANS SHALL SEEK TO  PRESERVE  TRADITIONAL
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL BOATING AND MARINA OPER-
ATIONS,  AS  WELL AS FINFISHING, SHELLFISHING AND TOURISM WHILE ENSURING
SUCH ACTIVITIES DO NOT THREATEN SEAGRASS BEDS OR NEGATE SEAGRASS  RESTO-
RATION EFFORTS.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  HAVE  THE AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT THE USE OF
MECHANICAL-POWERED FISHING OR SHELLFISHING GEAR WHICH MAY  IMPACT  SEAG-
RASS BEDS, INCLUDING CHURNING, DREDGES, RAKES AND TONGS.
  4.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL IDENTIFY PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES THAT ARE
TOXIC TO SEAGRASS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING RESTRICTING  THEIR
USE IN COASTAL AREAS.
  5.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE OF
SEAGRASS PROTECTION AND  THE  STATUS  OF  SEAGRASS  RESTORATION  EFFORTS
AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE.
S 13-0707. FERTILIZER REDUCTION IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES.
  1. A PERSON IN A COASTAL COMMUNITY MAY NOT APPLY A FERTILIZER CONTAIN-
ING  THE PLANT NUTRIENT PHOSPHORUS AFTER NOVEMBER FIRST AND BEFORE APRIL
FIRST.
  2. ANY LOCAL LAW OR ORDINANCE OF ANY COUNTY, OR OF  ANY  CITY  WITH  A
POPULATION  OF  ONE  MILLION  OR  MORE,  WHICH  IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL NOT BE PREEMPTED IF  SUCH  LOCAL  LAW  OR
ORDINANCE PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

Co-Sponsors

S4287A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7988A
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 13 Title 7 §§13-0701 - 13-0705, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S7235A, A10269B, S8343
2011-2012: S2741A

S4287A - Bill Texts

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Establishes the seagrass protection act; defines terms; outlines department of environmental conservation's responsibilities in developing seagrass management areas.

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BILL NUMBER:S4287A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to establishing
the seagrass protection act

PURPOSE:
To authorize the Department of Environmental Conservation to adopt
rules and regulations to regulate coastal and marine activities that
threaten seagrass.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends Article 13 of the environmental conservation law by
adding a new Title 7 granting DEC the authority to:

o Designate seagrass management areas;
o Restrict the types of mechanically powered fishing gear in seagrass
areas that could be harmful to the grass;
o Identify, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and
Markets, harmful pesticides and chemicals which threaten seagrass and
make recommendations in regards to restricting their use in seagrass
areas;
o Make this information available on the DEC website; and · Develop
and adopt, after consultation with stakeholders, a seagrass
management plan for designated seagrass management areas to protect
seagrass beds and preserve traditional recreational activities.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York seagrass beds are a vital habitat and nursery grounds for
numerous commercially, recreationally and ecologically important fish
and shellfish species. Seagrass beds used to be much larger - some
estimates reaching as large as 200,000 acres in 1930. Today only
21,803 acres remain. Seagrass is such a vital part of our underwater
environment. The DEC should have authority to protect it. The
substance of this legislation was recommended by the NYS Seagrass
Task Force.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred fiftieth day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                 4287--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as  amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
  establishing the seagrass protection act

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Article 13 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new title 7 to read as follows:
                                  TITLE 7
                         SEAGRASS PROTECTION ACT
SECTION 13-0701. SHORT TITLE.
        13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
        13-0705. DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
S 13-0701. SHORT TITLE.
  THIS  ACT  SHALL  BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE SEAGRASS PROTECTION
ACT.
S 13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
  1. "COASTAL COMMUNITY" SHALL MEAN A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS  DEFINED
IN SECTION TWO OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, IN NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUN-
TIES.
  2.  "SEAGRASS"  SHALL  MEAN  ROOTED, VASCULAR, FLOWERING MARINE PLANTS
THAT ARE SUBMERGED IN NEW YORK'S  BAYS  AND  COASTAL  WATERS,  INCLUDING
SPARTINA ALTERNIFLORA, ZOSTERA MARINA AND RUPPIA MARITIME.
S 13-0705. DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
  1.    THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DESIGNATE SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT AREAS. DESIG-
NATION OF SUCH AREAS SHALL INCLUDE CONSIDERATION,  ON  A  GEOGRAPHIC  OR
ESTUARINE BASIS, OF LIKELY THREATS TO SEAGRASS.
  2.  FOR EACH DESIGNATED SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT AREA, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL
DEVELOP AND ADOPT A SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT PLAN TO GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10538-02-1

S. 4287--A                          2

RULES AND REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF  THIS  SECTION.
SUCH  PLAN SHALL BE DEVELOPED AFTER CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS,
REPRESENTATIVES OF RECREATIONAL BOATING INTERESTS, THE MARINE  INDUSTRY,
AFFECTED  PROPERTY  OWNERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, SO AS TO EFFECTIVELY
MANAGE AND PROTECT SEAGRASS BEDS AND SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS.  SUCH
PLANS SHALL, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE,  TAKE  INTO  CONSIDERATION,  THE
GOALS  OF  EXISTING ESTUARY PROGRAMS.   IN ADDITION, SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT
PLANS  SHALL  SEEK  TO  PRESERVE  TRADITIONAL  RECREATIONAL  ACTIVITIES,
INCLUDING  RECREATIONAL  BOATING AND MARINA OPERATIONS, AS WELL AS FINF-
ISHING, SHELLFISHING AND TOURISM WHILE ENSURING SUCH ACTIVITIES  DO  NOT
THREATEN SEAGRASS BEDS OR NEGATE SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ADOPT RULES AND REGU-
LATIONS TO REGULATE COASTAL AND MARINE ACTIVITIES THAT THREATEN SEAGRASS
BEDS OR SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS.
  4. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY  TO  RESTRICT  THE  USE  OF
MECHANICAL-POWERED  FISHING  OR SHELLFISHING GEAR WHICH MAY IMPACT SEAG-
RASS BEDS, INCLUDING CHURNING, DREDGES, RAKES AND TONGS.
  5. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF  AGRICULTURE
AND  MARKETS, SHALL IDENTIFY PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES THAT ARE TOXIC TO
SEAGRASS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING RESTRICTING  THEIR  USE  IN
COASTAL AREAS.
  6.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL IDENTIFY WATER QUALITY IMPACTS SUCH AS NITRO-
GEN POLLUTION AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO MINIMIZE SUCH IMPACTS.
  7. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE  OF
SEAGRASS  PROTECTION  AND  THE  STATUS  OF  SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS
AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred fiftieth day  after
it shall have become a law.

Co-Sponsors

S4287B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7988A
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 13 Title 7 §§13-0701 - 13-0705, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S7235A, A10269B, S8343
2011-2012: S2741A

S4287B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Establishes the seagrass protection act; defines terms; outlines department of environmental conservation's responsibilities in developing seagrass management areas.

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BILL NUMBER:S4287B REVISED 05/07/12

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
establishing the seagrass protection act

PURPOSE:
To authorize the Department of Environmental Conservation to adopt
rules and regulations to regulate coastal and marine activities that
threaten seagrass.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends Article 13 of the environmental conservation law by
adding a new Title 7 granting DEC the authority to:

o Designate seagrass management areas;
o Restrict the types of mechanically powered fishing gear in seagrass
areas that could be harmful to the grass;
o Make this information available on the DEC website; and
o Develop and adopt, after consultation with stakeholders, a seagrass
management plan for designated seagrass management areas to protect
seagrass beds and preserve traditional recreational activities.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York seagrass beds are a vital habitat and nursery grounds for
numerous commercially, recreationally and ecologically important fish
and shellfish species. Seagrass beds used to be much larger - some
estimates reaching as large as 200,000 acres in 1930. Today only
21,803 acres remain. Seagrass is such a vital part of our underwater
environment. The DEC should have authority to protect it. The
substance of this legislation was recommended by the NYS Seagrass
Task Force.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred fiftieth day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                 4287--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. JOHNSON, AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
  Conservation  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
  as amended and recommitted to said committee  --  recommitted  to  the
  Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Senate Rule
  6,  sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  establishing the seagrass protection act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Article 13 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new title 7 to read as follows:
                                  TITLE 7
                         SEAGRASS PROTECTION ACT
SECTION 13-0701. SHORT TITLE.
        13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
        13-0705. DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
S 13-0701. SHORT TITLE.
  THIS ACT SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS  THE  SEAGRASS  PROTECTION
ACT.
S 13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
  1.  "COASTAL COMMUNITY" SHALL MEAN A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS DEFINED
IN SECTION TWO OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, IN NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUN-
TIES.
  2. "SEAGRASS" SHALL MEAN ROOTED,  VASCULAR,  FLOWERING  MARINE  PLANTS
THAT  ARE  SUBMERGED  IN  NEW  YORK'S BAYS AND COASTAL WATERS, INCLUDING
ZOSTERA MARINA AND RUPPIA MARITIMA.
S 13-0705. DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10538-04-2

S. 4287--B                          2

  1.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DESIGNATE SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT  AREAS.  DESIG-
NATION  OF  SUCH  AREAS  SHALL INCLUDE CONSIDERATION, ON A GEOGRAPHIC OR
ESTUARINE BASIS, OF LIKELY THREATS TO SEAGRASS.
  2.  FOR EACH DESIGNATED SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT AREA, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL
DEVELOP AND ADOPT A SEAGRASS MANAGEMENT PLAN TO GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF
RULES AND REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF  THIS  SECTION.
SUCH  PLAN SHALL BE DEVELOPED AFTER CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS,
REPRESENTATIVES OF RECREATIONAL BOATING INTERESTS, THE MARINE INDUSTRIES
(INCLUDING COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SHELL FISHERMEN,  AND  COMMERCIAL
SHELL  FISH  FARMERS), AFFECTED PROPERTY OWNERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS,
SO AS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE  AND  PROTECT  SEAGRASS  BEDS  AND  SEAGRASS
RESTORATION EFFORTS AT THOSE LOCATIONS AT WHICH THE RESTORATION OF SEAG-
RASS  IS REASONABLY POSSIBLE.  SUCH PLANS SHALL, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICA-
BLE, TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, THE GOALS OF  EXISTING  ESTUARY  PROGRAMS.
IN  ADDITION,  SEAGRASS  MANAGEMENT  PLANS SHALL SEEK TO PRESERVE TRADI-
TIONAL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL BOATING AND MARI-
NA OPERATIONS, AS WELL AS FINFISHING,  SHELLFISHING  AND  TOURISM  WHILE
ENSURING  SUCH  ACTIVITIES DO NOT THREATEN SEAGRASS BEDS OR NEGATE SEAG-
RASS RESTORATION EFFORTS.
  3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ADOPT  RULES  AND  REGU-
LATIONS TO REGULATE COASTAL AND MARINE ACTIVITIES THAT THREATEN SEAGRASS
BEDS OR SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS.
  4.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  HAVE  THE AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT THE USE OF
MECHANICAL-POWERED FISHING  OR  SHELLFISHING  GEAR  WHICH  MAY  DIRECTLY
IMPACT SEAGRASS BEDS, INCLUDING CHURNING, DREDGES, RAKES AND TONGS.
  5.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL IDENTIFY WATER QUALITY IMPACTS SUCH AS NITRO-
GEN POLLUTION AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO MINIMIZE SUCH IMPACTS.
  6. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE  OF
SEAGRASS  PROTECTION  AND  THE  STATUS  OF  SEAGRASS RESTORATION EFFORTS
AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred fiftieth day  after
it shall have become a law.

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