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Part 922: Great South Bay (Easterly Section) Drainage Basin

(Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, § 17-0301)

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Sec.

§922.1 Adopting Order

Pursuant to article 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law, after proper study and following public hearings held on due notice, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby adopts and assigns the following classifications and standards of quality and purity to all surface waters within the designated drainage basin of Great South Bay (Easterly Section), as hereinafter described.

§922.2 Definitions and Conditions

The several terms, words or phrases hereinafter mentioned shall be construed as follows:

(a) Item No. In Table I an item number is assigned consecutively to each specifically designated waters or portion thereof.

(b) Waters index number as appearing in Table I shall mean that number or abbreviation assigned to any designated waters or portion thereof for the purpose of identification.

(1) The numbering or index system used to identify specific waters of New York State was adapted from that used by the New York State Conservation Department in its biological survey series of reports on watersheds of the State. The primary waters of a drainage area, such as a river, large lake, bay or sound, is usually referred to by name or an abbreviation. Tributaries of primary river waters are consecutively numbered progressing upstream from the mouth. Tributaries of primary lake, bay or sound waters are consecutively numbered in a clockwise order from a defined point, usually the outlet of the primary waters. Subtributaries are numbered as encountered along the tributary proceeding from its mouth to the source, and in like manner all of its other stream courses are so numbered. Ponds and lakes are numbered in the order they are encountered within the system. Tributaries of such lakes and ponds are numbered consecutively as they enter, progressing clockwise around the lake or pond from its outlet or mouth. The numbers assigned to such lakes and ponds are prefixed by the letter P. When isolated lakes and ponds are referenced by a waters index number, it is merely for convenience of their identification and location within a subdrainage basin, and it is not necessarily indicative of their being tributary to any waters to which no surface connection is shown on the reference maps.

(2) This system was applied to the waters under consideration by the New York State Conservation Department in its Biological Survey of the Lower Hudson Watershed and Biological Survey of the Fresh Waters of Long Island in 1936 and 1938, respectively, and has been closely followed in connection with the numerical identification of the waters with the following exceptions: Some of the stream numbers do not run consecutively due to the omission of streams originally shown on the older maps employed by the Conservation Department at the time of its 1936 and 1938 surveys but not shown on later editions of maps reproduced herein. Conversely, streams, lakes and ponds not shown on the older maps but appearing on the newer maps are designated by suffix letters a, b, c, etc.

(3) The system as applied to the identification of the designated waters may be outlined as follows: There are several primary indices used to identify the designated waters. Those waters that drain Great South Bay proper are identified by waters index numbers prefixed by the abbreviation GSB. Waters draining Patchogue Bay are identified by waters index numbers prefixed by the abbreviation PB. Waters of Bellport Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound are identified by BB, AO and LIS, respectively, prefixing the waters index numbers.

(4) The following table will illustrate how the designated waters may be identified through use of the waters index system.

Waters Index Number Name of Waters Explanation
AO Atlantic Ocean Primary waters identified by an abbreviation.
PB Patchogue Bay Primary waters identified by an abbreviation.
PB-185 Patchogue Creek The 195th stream encountered on Long Island proceeding in a clockwise direction around the island from Fort Hamilton (The Narrows).
PB-185-2 Palace Brook The second tributary entering Patchogue Creek above the mouth.
PB-185-P 889 Canaan Lake The 889th pond or lake encountered in the biological survey area of the Atlantic Ocean-Long Island Sound watershed.

(c) The abbreviations trib., tribs., subtrib. and subtribs., indicating tributary, tributaries, subtributary and subtributaries, shall mean any stream, pond or other body of surface water which flows into any other stream, pond or other body of surface water; where no tributary, tributaries, subtributary or subtributaries are mentioned, the specifically designated waters shall include only the stream, pond or other body of water referenced by such waters index number; where a tributary, tributaries, subtributary or subtributaries are mentioned after the waters index number, the specifically designated waters shall include the stream, pond or other body of water referenced by such waters index number and all tributaries and subtributaries thereof, which are shown on the reference maps, excluding numbered ponds, unless exceptions are expressly stated.

(d) Name as appearing in Table I shall mean the name by which the specifically designated waters are known and which name may appear on the reference maps. In cases of specifically designated waters which have no name, the named waters to which the unnamed waters are tributary are identified as far as possible.

(e) Description. The column headed "Description" contains designations of segments or sections of waters under consideration to which a particular assignment of a class and standards shall apply. Also included in this column is any useful information pertinent to the classification and standards.

(f) Map Ref. No. as appearing in Table I, means map reference number and indicates one or more of the following numbered maps reproduced herein completely, or in part, on which the specifically designated waters and their index numbers are shown.

(1) The following maps were produced from original maps which may be procured through the Washington Distribution Section, Geological Survey, Silver Spring, Maryland:

Map Ref. No. Quadrangle Name Published By Edition
1 Patchogue 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
2 Port Jefferson 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
3 Middle Island 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
4 Wading River 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
5 Bellport 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
6 Moriches 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
7 Sayville 1947 U.S. Geological Survey
8 Howell Point 1947 U.S. Geological Survey

(2) It is to be noted that Map 2, section 922.6, infra, has been made by using maps 1 through 8 and combining them into one map.

(g) Class, as appearing in Table I and denoted by the letters B, C, SA, SB, SC and SD opposite each specifically designated waters, shall mean Class B, C, SA, SB, SC and SD, as the case may be, as set forth in Part 701, supra.

(h) Standards, as appearing in Table I and denoted by the letters B, C, SA, SB, SC and SD opposite each specifically designated waters, shall mean the quality standards established for Class B, C, SA, SB, SC and SD, as the case may be, as set forth in Part 701, supra. The symbol (T) appearing after any class designation shall mean that the designated waters are trout waters and that the dissolved oxygen specification for trout waters shall apply thereto. The symbol (TS) after any class designation shall mean that the designated waters are suitable for trout spawning and that the dissolved oxygen specification for trout spawning waters shall apply thereto.

(i) The term trout as used in this Part means any fish in the following genera: Coregonus, Oncorhynchus, Prosopium, Salmo, Salvelinus and Thymallus.

(j) The Great South Bay (Easterly Section) drainage basin shall be deemed to include the following areas:

(1) that portion of the Great South Bay within the boundaries of New York State extending from a line passing due south through Blue Point to a line passing due south through Smith Point;

(2) that portion of Long Island Sound within the boundaries of New York State extending from a line passing due north through a point 1.1 miles west of West Landing to a line passing due north through the westerly limit of Miller Place Beach which is approximately 1.5 miles west of Woodhull Landing; and

(3) all land and water areas which are directly or indirectly tributary to that section of Great South Bay and that section of Long Island Sound described above.

(k) Unless otherwise expressly defined in Table I, the mouth of any stream or estuary shall be considered to be represented by a continuation of the shoreline of the bay, cove, river, estuary or creek to which such stream or estuary is tributary across the channel axis of such tributary stream or estuary.

(l) All streams, ponds, estuaries or other bodies of water which appear as lines, to indicate natural waters, on the reference maps herein, and which are not specifically designated in Table I, shall be assigned the same classes and standards of quality and purity as the specifically designated waters to which they are directly tributary.

(m) All streams, ponds, estuaries or other bodies of water which are not shown on the reference maps herein shall be assigned to Class D, as set forth in Part 701, supra, except that any continuous flowing natural stream which is not shown on the reference maps shall have the same classification and assigned standards as the waters to which it is directly tributary; or, if they be tidal salt waters, such waters which are not shown on the reference maps herein shall be assigned to Class SD, as set forth in Part 701, supra, except that any continuous flowing natural stream which is not shown on the reference maps shall have the same classification and assigned standard as the waters to which it is directly tributary.

§922.3 Assigned Classifications and Standards of Quality and Purity

The classifications and standards of quality and purity assigned to the surface waters specifically designated and described herein are set forth in Table I, subject to the definitions and conditions as stated above.

§922.4 Table I

Table I
Classifications and Standards of Quality and Purity Assigned to Fresh Surface and Tidal Salt Waters Within Great South Bay (Easterly Section) Drainage Basin
Item No. Waters Index Number Name Description Map Ref. No. Class Standards
1 AO portion as described Atlantic Ocean Portion extending three miles seaward from Great South Beach between a line passing due south through Blue Point and a line passing due south through Smith Point. 2 SA SA
2 GSB portion as described Great South Bay That portion of Great South Bay situated southerly of a line connecting southernmost end of Blue Point with southernmost extremity of Howell Point and extending from a line passing due south through Blue Point to a line passing due south through Howell Point. 2 SA SA
3 PB Patchogue Bay Patchogue Bay shall be considered as that body of tidal water exclusive of tribs. and estuaries situated northerly of a line connecting southernmost extremities of Blue Point and Howell Point. 2 SA SA
4 PB-188 Stillman Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from northwest approximately 0.5 mile north of Blue Point. 2 SC SC
5 PB-187 portion as described Trib. of Patchogue Bay Enters from northwest approximately 1.0 mile northeast of Blue Point. From mouth to 0.4 mile above mouth. Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
6 PB-187 portion as described Trib. of Patchogue Bay From 0.4 mile above mouth to source. Fresh water portion. 2 C C
7 PB-186 portion as described Tuthills Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from northwest approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Blue Point. From mouth to West Lake (P 890). Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
8 PB-186-P 890 West Lake Located approximately 1.0 mile above mouth. 2 B B(T)
9 PB-186 portion as described Tuthills Creek From West Lake to source. 2 C C(TS)
10 PB-185 portion as described Patchogue Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from north 1.7 miles northeast of Blue Point. From mouth to Long Island Rail Road tracks (approximately 0.8 mile). Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
11 PB-185 portion as described Patchogue Creek From Long Island Rail Road tracks to Great Patchogue Lake. Fresh water portion. 2 C C
11.1 PB-185 portion as described Patchogue Creek From Great Patchogue Lake to source. Fresh water portion. 2 C C(TS)
12 PB-185-P 885 and trib. 1 Great Patchogue Lake Located on Patchogue Creek approximately 1.3 miles above mouth. 2 B B
13 PB-185-2 portion as described and trib. including P 887 Palace Brook Enters Patchogue Creek from northwest of northern end of Great Patchogue Lake. From mouth to inlet of P 887. 2 C C
13.1 PB-185-2 portion as described Palace Brook From inlet of P 887 to source. 2 C C(TS)
14 PB-185-4 Trib. of Patchogue Creek Enters from northwest approximately 1.7 miles north of Route 27. 2 C C
15 PB-185-P 889 Canaan Lake Located on Patchogue Creek approximately 1.3 miles north of Route 27. 2 B B(T)
16 PB-184a Little Creek Enters from north approximately 0.5 mile east of Patchogue Creek. 2 SC SC
17 PB-184 portion as described Swan Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from north approximately 1.0 mile south of Village of East Patchogue. From mouth to P 884. 2 SC SC
18 PB-184-P 884 Trib. of Swan Creek Pond located on Swan Creek approximately 1.4 miles above mouth. 2 B B(T)
19 PB-184 portion as described and tribs. Swan Creek From P 884 to source. 2 C C(TS)
20 B-183 portion as described Mud Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from north approximately 0.7 mile east of Swan Creek. Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
21 PB-183 portion as described Mud Creek From tidewater portion to P 883. Fresh water portion. 2 C C
22 PB-183-P 883 Robinson Pond Located on Mud Creek approximately 1.1 miles above mouth. 2 B B
23 PB-183 portion as described and tribs. Mud Creek From P 883 to source. 2 C C(TS)
24 PB-182 and trib. Abets Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from north approximately 1.8 miles northwest of Howell Point. 2 C C
25 PB-181 portion as described including P 881 Hedges Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from north approximately 1.1 miles west of Howell Point. From mouth to approximately 1.0 mile above mouth. Tidal portion. 2 SB SB
26 PB-181 portion as described including P 882 Hedges Creek From approximately 1.0 mile above mouth to source. 2 C C
27 PB-180 Howell Creek Enters Patchogue Bay from north approximately 0.5 mile west of Howell Point. 2 SC SC
28 [Repealed]
29 GSB portion as described Great South Bay That portion of Great South Bay situated southerly of a line connecting southernmost extremities of Howell Point and Smith Point between lines passing due south through Howell Point and due south through Smith Point. 2 SA SA
30 BB Bellport Bay That body of tidal water located northerly of a line between southernmost extremities of Howell Point and Smith Point excluding tribs. and estuaries. 2 SA SA
31 BB-P 880 Trib. of Bellport Bay Tidal pond located 0.5 mile northeast of Howell Point. 2 SC SC
32 BB-179 portion as described and trib. Motts Brooks Enters from north approximately 1.3 miles northeast of Howell Point. Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
33 BB-179 portion as described Motts Brooks From tidewater portion to source. 2 C C
34 BB-178 portion as described and tribs. Beaverdam Creek Enters Bellport Bay from north approximately 0.7 mile east of Village of Bellport. Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
35 BB-178 portion as described Beaverdam Creek From Beaverdam Road to source. Fresh water portion. 2 C C(TS)
35.1 [Repealed]
36 BB-177 portion as described and trib. 1 Carmans River Enters Bellport Bay approximately 2.0 miles northwest of Smith Point. Mouth to bridge on Long Island Rail Road approximately 3.0 miles above mouth. Tidal portion. 2 SC SC
37 BB-177-2 Little Neck Run Enters Carmans River from northwest approximately 1.0 mile above mouth. 2 C C
38 BB-177-3 Yaphank Creek Enters Carmans River from northwest approximately 1.3 miles above mouth. 2 C C(TS)
39 BB-177 portion as described Carmans River From approximately 3.0 miles above mouth to P 856. Fresh water portion. 2 C C(TS)
39.1 BB-177-4 including P 854 Trib. of Carmans River Located approximately 0.5 mile north of South Haven. 2 C C
39.2 BB-177-P 853, P 855 Tribs. of Carmans River Hards Lake (P 853). Lower Lake (P 855). 2 C C(T)
40 BB-177-P 856 Upper Lake Located on the Carmans River approximately 0.5 mile northwest of Yaphank. 2 B B(T)
41 BB-177 portion as described Carmans River From P 856 to source. 2 C C(TS)
42 BB-177-P 855a Trib. of Carmans River Located approximately 0.5 mile southeast of Yaphank. 2 C C
43 P 863 Artist Lake Located approximately 2.0 miles west of Camp Upton Military Reservation. 2 B B
44 P 864 Pond Isolated pond located approximately 2.0 miles west of Camp Upton Military Reservation on Route 25. 2 C C
45 P 875 Pond Isolated pond located approximately 1.5 miles north of Middle Country Road and 0.3 mile west of Rocky Point Road. 2 C C
46 P 875a Pond Isolated pond located 0.1 mile southwest of P 875. 2 C C
47 P 867, P 873 Ponds Isolated ponds located approximately 1.0 and 1.8 miles, respectively, north of Coram Hill. 2 B B
48 P 865, P 866, P 868 Ponds Isolated ponds located approximately 0.8, 0.9 and 1.2 miles, respectively, northeast of Coram Hill. 2 C C
49 P 869, P 870, P 870a Ponds Isolated ponds located in Coram. 2 C C
50 P 874 Pond Isolated pond located approximately 3.0 miles north of Coram Hill. 2 C C
51 LIS Long Island Sound That part of Long Island Sound located between a line extending due north through westerly limit of Miller Place Beach which is approximately 1.5 miles west of Woodhull Landing and a line due north passing through a point 1.1 miles west of West Landing and extending to New York State boundary line. 2 SA SA

§922.5 Map 1

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§922.6 Map 2

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