senate Bill S7384

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the scheduled dredging of navigable waters

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to environmental conservation
Sep 17, 2021 referred to rules

S7384 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §15-0506, En Con L

S7384 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires that regular dredging of navigable waterways is scheduled in order to plan and finance to ensure the safe navigability and reliability of waterways in this state; requires a scheduled plan to be filed with DEC.

S7384 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7384 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7384
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                            September 17, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  WEIK  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
 AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to sche-
   duled dredging of navigable waters
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. This act may be referred to as the "Desludging Requirements
 for Every Designated Geographic Environment Act" or the "DREDGE Act".
   §  2.  Legislative intent. The legislature finds and declares that the
 maintenance of our navigable waterways is critical  for  public  safety,
 the  environment,  and  the  economy.    Most experts agree that regular
 dredging of navigable waterways ensures that each of these  metrics  are
 maintained. The legislature further finds that, on average, most naviga-
 ble  waterways  should  be dredged every eight years, but without proper
 planning at the federal, state and local level, those years can  quickly
 come  up  without  the  funding,  resources, or a schedule in place. For
 example, the Browns River in the Town of Islip has not been  dredged  in
 nearly  17  years--more than double the recommended time dredging should
 take place. This legislation is necessary to ensure that regular  dredg-
 ing  is  planned  and financed to ensure the safe navigability and reli-
 ability of our pristine waterways.
   § 3. The environmental conservation law is amended  by  adding  a  new
 section 15-0506 to read as follows:
 § 15-0506. REGULARLY  SCHEDULED  DREDGING  OF  NAVIGABLE  WATERS  IN THE
              STATE.
   1. THE STATE AND EACH MUNICIPALITY THAT HAS A NAVIGABLE WATERWAY WITH-
 IN ITS JURISDICTIONAL CONTROL AND MAINTENANCE SHALL DEVELOP  A  SCHEDULE
 FOR  REGULAR  DREDGING  OF  SUCH  WATERWAY  THAT SHALL BE FILED WITH THE
 DEPARTMENT. SUCH SCHEDULE SHALL BE UPDATED AT LEAST ANNUALLY  AND  SHALL
 BE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD13197-02-1

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