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Environmentalists hoping Hochul signs bill to protect waterways

Dec 07, 2022 1:11 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that environmental advocates are hoping that Gov. Kathy Hochul will sign a bill that would expand the number of streams in the state that could fall under environmental protection. "C" class waterways, currently used for boating, fishing, and other recreational activities, would be reclassified as streams if Hochul signs Senate Bill S4162. "Because of the close contact people have with class "C" waterways, listing them as streams will allow for their protection," according to the bill's memorandum. Agriculture organizations and the New York State Highway Superintendents Association oppose the measure, and in 2020 then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a similar bill. The Northeast Dairy Farmers are also against the legislation, saying in the statement the proposal, "would be an inefficient use of taxpayer resources, while adding undue financial and regulatory burdens for family farms, other landowners, and Local Soil and Water Districts." Peter Harckham, a state Senator who sponsored the legislation says the bill would add 40,000 miles of Class C streams in New York State to the Protection of Waters Regulatory Program and "give the state Department of Environmental Conservation the authority and resources to safeguard these streams." Read the full story at New York State of Politics.

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