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ENB - Statewide Notices 1/4/2017

Public Meeting Notice

New York State Invasive Species Council Meeting

Date: Wednesday 1/18/2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Central Office
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY

Contact for additional information: Kathleen Moser, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Office of Natural Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8533.


Public Notice

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-0303, 13-0105, 13-0336, 13-0339, 13-0347 the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources has filed a Notice of Adoption with the New York State Department of State to amend 6 NYCRR Part 40 pertaining to party and charter boat regulations for striped bass. This amendment will allow party and charter boat license holders in the marine and coastal district to fillet striped bass for their customers. This rule making is necessary to correct an inadvertent repeal of regulations created in adopting a previous striped bass amendment on August 5, 2015. Prior to that rule making, party and charter boat license holders had been allowed to fillet striped bass for their customers. Paragraphs containing these provisions were accidently repealed and are being restored by this rule making.

This notice will be published in issue 1 of the State Register on January 4, 2017.

For further information, please contact:

Carol Hoffman
NYS DEC - Marin Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0476
E-mail: carol.hoffman@dec.ny.gov


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Proposes Guidance Document Relating to Living Shorelines

NYS DEC today announced the agency's proposed guidance document that emphasizes natural and nature-based solutions to better protect New Yorkers and the state's coastline and help guide communities to produce living shorelines in New York's marine district.

"Improving coastal resiliency and reducing risk to communities is a priority of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and this proposed living shorelines guidance encourages smart approaches to protect against shoreline erosion," said NYSDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Using natural solutions will build a more resilient coastline that will be better able to withstand the impacts of severe weather and coastal storms. Living shorelines can reduce shoreline erosion while maintaining habitats that are critical to our economy and we urge coastal communities and planners to follow these important suggestions."

NYS DEC's proposed guidance encourages the appropriate use of natural shoreline protection measures in place of hardened or man-made approaches to coastal erosion controls. The guidance document, which can be found on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4940.html, provides information on different types of living shorelines, explains how tidal wetland and protection of water permit standards relate to living shorelines, and speaks to proper siting, maintenance, and monitoring considerations for these shoreline approaches.

Citizens and officials interested and affected by the Tidal Wetland Land Use Regulations are encouraged to make comments on this guidance document.

The guidance document advances the concepts of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA) signed by Governor Cuomo in 2014. CRRA's goal is to speed up New York's adaptation to climate change and create opportunities to use living shorelines as natural buffers to coastal erosion.

New York's proposed guidance is an example of national trends emphasizing the importance and value of natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to reduce flooding and erosion risks. Living shorelines and tidal wetlands areas are invaluable for improving water quality, marine food production, wildlife habitat, flood, hurricane, and storm control.

In the early 1970s, New York State began to recognize the importance of tidal wetland areas and sought to insure their protection from human activities by passing the Tidal Wetland Act in 1973.

Tidal wetlands line much of the salt water shoreline, bays, inlets, canals, and estuaries of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester County. These wetlands also line the Hudson River in Westchester and Rockland counties upstream of the salt line.

The guidance document will provide communities in these areas a better understanding of what living shorelines are and how to incorporate them within tidal wetland and protection of water regulations Part 661: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regs/2485.html with the intention of maintaining the quality of habitats and their storm risk reduction function.

Citizens and officials interested and affected by the Tidal Wetland Land Use Regulations may provide comments on this guidance document. All comments and questions on this guidance document should be forwarded to: Dawn McReynolds, NYS DEC - Bureau of Marine Habitat, 205 North Belle Meade Road, East Setauket, NY 11733, E-mail: fw.marine@dec.ny.gov by February 8, 2017. Please reference Living Shoreline Guidance in the subject of the email.

Contact: Dawn McReynolds, NYS DEC - Bureau of Marine Habitat, 205 North Belle Meade Road, East Setauket, NY 11733, E-mail: fw.marine@dec.ny.gov.


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