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SECTION 139-C
Task force duties and powers
Canal (CAL) CHAPTER 5, ARTICLE 13-B
* § 139-c. Task force duties and powers. The role of the task force
shall include but not be limited to:

1. Conducting an in-depth examination, presented as a public report no
later than six months from the date the task force is established, of
flood control study sectors and issues related to floodplain management,
debris management, flood control and flood mitigation in the upstate
flood mitigation region including:

(a) the cost or impact of flooding over the last five years to
agriculture; transportation; land use; public health; insurance;
economic sectors such as tourism, recreation and power generation; as
well as impacts on infrastructure including bridges, low lying roads,
dams, locks, roads, water and wastewater treatment plants and docks;

(b) an assessment of canal system operation procedures and plans which
may have a direct or indirect impact on flood mitigation and flood
management including, but not limited to debris management,
communication, water management and flood response; and

(c) a listing of adaptive measures, with associated costs, that could
be executed to mitigate flood damages, including but not limited to
feasible floodplain management activities, debris management,
construction of flood control structures, construction of communication
systems and flood mitigation education for public and private
landowners.

2. Establishing an upstate flood mitigation grant program based on the
task force's evaluation pursuant to section one hundred thirty-nine-d of
this article which is subject to appropriations to fund grants within
the upstate flood mitigation region to prevent and mitigate flood damage
within the region. Such program shall work in conjunction with existing
flood assistance grant programs and supplement existing efforts by
providing funds for adaptive measures to mitigate or eliminate a flood
event.

3. Holding public hearings as it deems necessary to solicit relevant
information and gather current research and data related to flooding and
flood mitigation in the region as well as recommendations to fulfill the
purposes of this article. The task force shall consult with the county
offices of emergency management, county soil and water conservation
districts and all other federal, state and local entities it deems
necessary to fulfill the purposes of this article. In determining the
number of public hearings to be held, the task force shall act
diligently in order to meet the timeframe for first cycle awards under
the upstate flood mitigation grant program established within section
one hundred thirty-nine-d of this article.

4. The task force shall have the power to: (a) contract for
professional and technical assistance and advice; (b) contract for and
accept assistance including, but not limited to gifts, grants,
easements, and loans of funds, real property and personal property from
the federal government or any agency or instrumentality of the state, or
from any other public or private source to comply, subject to the
provisions of this article, with the terms and conditions thereof,
subject to the approval of the division of budget; (c) hold public
hearings; and (d) establish an upstate flood mitigation grant program to
be administered by the canal corporation and based on the task force's
evaluation, to fund grants within the upstate flood mitigation region to
prevent and mitigate flood damage within the region.

5. Upon the request of the task force, all executive departments of
the state and the canal corporation shall provide the task force with
such facilities, assistance and data as will enable the task force to
carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other agencies of the
state or subdivisions thereof shall, at the request of the chair,
provide the task force with such facilities, assistance, and data as
will enable the task force to carry out its powers and duties.

* NB Repealed July 1, 2023