senate Bill S5956

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the Long Island water pollution control act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Oct 16, 2013 referred to rules

S5956 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 15 Title 35 ยงยง15-3501 - 15-3509, En Con L

S5956 - Summary

Establishes the "Long Island water pollution control act"; further establishes the Long Island water quality commission and the Long Island clean water quality and protection plan; provides for a state of the aquifer report.

S5956 - Sponsor Memo

S5956 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            October 16, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to establish the "Long Island water pollution control  act";  and
  to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to establish-
  ing the Long Island water quality commission


  Section 1. This act shall be known and  may  be  cited  as  the  "Long
Island water pollution control act".
  S  2.  Legislative intent. Long Island's water resources are unique in
the region, unusual in the nation, and of exceptional importance to  the
state  of  New  York  because  of the economic, environmental and public
health values that Long Island's water resources provide to the millions
of people who live and recreate on Long Island.
  Long Island has been designated as a federal sole source aquifer; nine
special groundwater protection areas have been  established  across  the
region;  and  three  estuary  based watershed planning efforts have been
created - in the Peconic Bay, the Long Island Sound, and  the  state-de-
signated South Shore Estuary Reserve.
  In  spite  of  these  designations  and  other  planning efforts, Long
Island's water resources have continued to  be  impacted  by  increasing
quantities of nutrients, pathogens, pesticides, volatile organic contam-
inants  and saltwater intrusion, as well as a number of emerging threats
such as prescription drugs and sea level rise.
  In response to these environmental impacts,  the  region  has  already
experienced an increasing number of harmful algal blooms and other docu-
mented declines in key biological indicators which demonstrate continued
and  increasing stress on the region's groundwater resources and coastal
  Continued water quality and coastal habitat decline,  will  result  in
more  harmful  algal  blooms, shellfishing closures, beach closures, and

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


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