Friday, June 4, 2021

Friday 4 June 2021:
Law guarding waterways from invasive species needs revising, renewal

In 2014, state lawmakers passed a bill that has helped prevent aquatic invasive species from increasing their presence in New York waterways. It states that no one “shall launch a watercraft or floating dock unless it can be demonstrated that reasonable precautions such as removal of any visible plant or animal matter, washing, draining or drying as defined by the [state Department of Environmental Conservation] pursuant to rules and regulations, have been taken.”

The state DEC outlined a procedure for inspecting boats for potential invasive species and taking the necessary precautions to removing them before entering the water. But the law has been allowed to expire and right at the beginning of a new recreational season. The Batavia Daily News says, "Losing the ability to enforce this law is a disaster waiting to happen."

The law was originally set to expire after five years. Legislators extended it for a year in 2019 and again in 2020. Nothing yet for 2021. SLDN is drawing this to your attention so you are able to contact your representatives in Albany as soon as you are able.

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