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S04178 Summary:

Add §16-0121, En Con L
Implements a shoreline hardening plan for all residents with property along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river in order to prevent damage from flooding.
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S04178 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 6, 2023
        Introduced  by  Sen. WALCZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
        AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
          shoreline hardening
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by  adding  a
     2  new section 16-0121 to read as follows:
     3  § 16-0121. Shoreline hardening.
     4    1.  For  purposes  of this section, the following terms shall have the
     5  following meanings:
     6    (a) "Shoreline" shall mean the line along which a large body of  water
     7  meets the land.
     8    (b)  "Shoreline resident" or "resident" shall mean any resident of the
     9  state who owns property which is situated on a shoreline on Lake Ontario
    10  or the St. Lawrence River which is prone to flooding.
    11    (c) "Shoreline hardening" shall mean the process of  adding  materials
    12  or  structures to property located on a shoreline on Lake Ontario or the
    13  St. Lawrence River in order to minimize damage caused by flooding.
    14    2. (a) The department shall provide  oversight  and  assist  with  the
    15  implementation  of  shoreline hardening construction plans for shoreline
    16  residents along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river. Shoreline resi-
    17  dents shall work in conjunction with the department to develop a  design
    18  plan for each property located on a shoreline along Lake Ontario and the
    19  St.  Lawrence river. Such design plan shall be subject to final approval
    20  by the department prior to any construction work being  commenced  on  a
    21  property.
    22    (b) The department shall be responsible for assisting and providing to
    23  shoreline  residents all necessary and required permits for all approved
    24  shoreline hardening proposals.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    3. (a) Each shoreline resident shall  be  responsible  for  the  costs
     2  related  to  the  implementation  of  their approved shoreline hardening
     3  plan.
     4    (b)  After  a  shoreline  hardening  plan  has  been  implemented  and
     5  completed, the department shall ensure the completed work complies  with
     6  the department's approved plan.
     7    (c) If the department determines that the approved plans for shoreline
     8  hardening  have  been satisfied, the department shall provide reimburse-
     9  ment to each resident for up to fifty percent of such resident's  shore-
    10  line hardening costs.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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