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A08036 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                   September 13, 2023
        Introduced by M. of A. STIRPE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on  Corporations,  Authorities  and  Commissions -- recommitted to the
          Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  in  accordance
          with  Assembly  Rule  3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the canal law, in relation to establishing a stakeholder
          group to coordinate water release in the Oswego river basin
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The canal law is amended by adding a new section 130-a to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 130-a. Oswego river basin water release coordination. 1. The  corpo-
     4  ration,  in  consultation with the department of environmental conserva-
     5  tion, shall, within six months of the effective date  of  this  section,
     6  form  a  stakeholder  group to evaluate approaches to coordinating water
     7  releases in the Oswego river basin. Such stakeholder group shall include
     8  all entities with the ability or responsibility to control  flood  water
     9  discharges  either  directly  to  or  from major water bodies within the
    10  Oswego river basin and their tributaries, community stakeholder  groups,
    11  the   department  of  environmental  conservation,  and  subject  matter
    12  experts.
    13    2. The  stakeholder  group  shall  review  all  available  information
    14  regarding  utilizing flood storage above lake rule curves, and watershed
    15  releases during high flow events, in the Oswego river  basin,  including
    16  any relevant modeling.  Within six months of the formation of the stake-
    17  holder  group,  the  stakeholder group shall make recommendations to the
    18  governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker  of  the
    19  assembly on a regulatory structure to coordinate communication and water
    20  releases  during  high  flow events. In making such recommendations, the
    21  stakeholder group shall consider a variety  of  alternatives,  including
    22  but not limited to:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 8036--A                          2
     1    (a)  recommending  a continuation, expansion, or reconstitution of the
     2  stakeholder group for such purpose;
     3    (b)  recommending  a  legislative  mandate  for  coordination of water
     4  releases; or
     5    (c) recommending the legislature initiate an independent  water  regu-
     6  lating  district with the authority to direct water releases pursuant to
     7  title twenty-one of article fifteen of  the  environmental  conservation
     8  law.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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