Senate Bill S8796

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to freshwater wetlands and repeals section 24-1305 relating thereto

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2017-S8796 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§24-0105, 24-0107, 24-0301, 24-0701, 24-0703, 24-0901 & 24-0903, rpld §24-1305, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S7617, A9764
2019-2020: S5576, S7366, A3658
2021-2022: S2979, A8042

2017-S8796 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the definition of freshwater wetlands; repeals section relating to the applicability of the freshwater wetlands article; provides authority of DEC over wetlands which are one acre or more; amends permitting requirements for subdivision of land.

2017-S8796 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2017-S8796 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                               May 18, 2018
 Introduced  by  Sens.  MAYER, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
   freshwater wetlands and repealing section 24-1305 of such law relating
   Section  1.  Subdivision  7  of  section  24-0105 of the environmental
 conservation law, as added by chapter 614 of the laws  of  1975  and  as
 renumbered  by  chapter  654  of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as
   7. Any loss of freshwater wetlands deprives the people of the state of
 some or all of the  many  and  multiple  benefits  to  be  derived  from
 wetlands, to wit:
   (a)  flood  and storm control by the hydrologic absorption and storage
 capacity of freshwater wetlands;
   (b) wildlife  habitat  by  providing  breeding,  nesting  and  feeding
 grounds  and  cover for many forms of wildlife, wildfowl and shorebirds,
 including migratory wildfowl and rare, ENDANGERED OR THREATENED  species
 such as the bald eagle and osprey;
   (c)  protection  of subsurface water resources and provision for valu-
 able watersheds and recharging ground water supplies;
   (d) recreation by  providing  areas  for  hunting,  fishing,  boating,
 hiking, bird watching, photography, camping and other uses;
   (e)  pollution  treatment by serving as biological and chemical oxida-
 tion basins;
   (f) erosion control by serving as sedimentation  areas  and  filtering
 basins,  absorbing  silt  and organic matter and protecting channels and
   (g) education and scientific research by providing readily  accessible
 outdoor  bio-physical  laboratories, living classrooms and vast training
 and education resources; [and]
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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