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SECTION 34-0101
Statement of findings
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 34
§ 34-0101. Statement of findings.

1. Certain sections of the coastline of the state of New York are
prone to erosion from action of the adjacent water bodies. Such erosion
may be caused by the action of waves, currents running along the shore,
tides, wind-driven water and ice as well as human activities such as
construction and shipping. Such areas are also prone to erosion caused
by the wind, runoff of rain water along the surface of the land, or
groundwater seepage as well as by human activities such as construction,
navigation and certain forms of recreation.

2. Coastal erosion causes extensive damage to publicly and privately
owned property and to natural resources as well as endangering human
lives. When this occurs, individuals and private businesses suffer
significant economic losses, as does the state's economy, either
directly through property damage or indirectly through loss of economic
return. Large public expenditures may also be necessitated for the
removal of debris and damaged structures and replacement of essential
public facilities and services.

3. Man often contributes to erosion-related problems by building
without considering the potential for damage to property, by undertaking
activities which destroy natural protective features such as dunes or
vegetation and by building structures intended for erosion prevention
which may exacerbate erosion conditions on adjacent or nearby property,
and by water action produced by wakes from boats.

4. Programs to build erosion protective structures, either with
private or public funds, are costly, often only partially effective over
time, and may even be harmful to adjacent or nearby properties, and in
some sections of the state major erosion protective structures of great
length would be required to effectively reduce future damages due to
erosion.