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Part 891: Jamaica Bay Drainage Basin

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

Contents:

Sec.

§891.1 Adopting Order

(a) Pursuant to article 12 of the Public Health Law, the Water Resources Commission, after proper study and following public hearings held on due notice, hereby adopts and assigns the following classifications and standards of quality and purity to all surface waters within the designated drainage basin of Jamaica Bay, including a designated area tributary to New York Bay within Kings and Queens Counties as hereinafter described.

(b) This adoption and assignment of standards of quality and purity to the above-designated waters shall be effective January 31, 1966.

§891.2 Designated Waters

(a) The designated waters are within the following areas:

(1) Jamaica Bay drainage basin within Kings and Queens Counties and including Rockaway Inlet east of a north-south line drawn from Light Inlet at the southeasterly tip of Coney Island peninsula near Manhattan Beach to the westerly shoreline west of Lookout Tower on Rockaway Point; and

(2) a designated area within Kings County tributary to New York Bay and bounded on the east by the west limit line of Jamaica Bay drainage basin; thence bounded on the south by Shore Parkway; thence bounded on the west by Fourth Avenue; and thence bounded on the north by the south limit line of the Lower East River drainage basin.

(b) The above-designated waters are located as shown on Map 1, section 891.7, infra, and as contained within the topographical or basin limit line on the reproduced topographical reference maps in section 891.9, infra.

§891.3 Definitions

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 Fresh Waters of Long Island in 1938, 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 1938 survey 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: The index used to identify the designated waters is based on the system of numbering the fresh waters draining Long Island proper. The streams of Long Island have been consecutively numbered starting at Fort Hamilton and proceeding in a clockwise direction around the island, such numbers being prefixed by the abbreviation LI. However, certain bays and inlets have not been referenced by this numbering system, but are cited by name and description.

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

Waters Index Number Name of Waters Explanation
None assigned Jamaica Bay Rockaway Inlet Gerritsen Inlet Dead Horse Bay Waters identified by name and description and not used to index tributaries.
LI 249 Old Mill Creek The 249th stream encountered on Long Island proceeding in a clockwise direction around the island from Fort Hamilton.
LI 249-2 Ralph Creek The second tributary proceeding upstream from the mouth of Old Mill Creek.
LI 241-1-P 1023 Gonselyeas Pond The 1023rd pond or lake encountered in the Long Island waters index system. The body of water is on the first tributary of LI 241 (Hook Creek).

(c) The abbreviations trib. and tribs., indicating tributary and tributaries, 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 or tributaries 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 or tributaries 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 thereof, which are shown on the reference maps, excluding numbered ponds, unless exceptions as 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 or 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 in section 891.9, infra, on which maps the specifically designated waters and their index numbers are shown within the topographical limit line of the described drainage basins or areas. Index for map numbers is shown on Map 2, section 891.8, infra. 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 Edition Published By
S-23ne Jersey City 1955 U.S. Geological Survey
S-23se The Narrows 1955 U.S. Geological Survey
S-24nw Brooklyn 1956 U.S. Geological Survey
S-24sw Coney Island 1955 U.S. Geological Survey
S-24ne Jamaica 1956 U.S. Geological Survey
S-24se Far Rockaway 1954 U.S. Geological Survey
S-25nw Lynbrook 1954 U.S. Geological Survey

(g) Class, as appearing in Table I and denoted by the letters B, C, SB or Roman numeral I opposite each specifically designated waters, shall means Class B, C or SB, as the case may be, as set forth in Part 701, supra; and in the case of Roman numeral I shall mean Class I, as set forth in Part 702, supra.

(h) Standards, as appearing in Table I and denoted by the letters B, C, SB or Roman numeral I opposite each specifically designated waters, shall mean the quality standards established for Class B, C, SB or I, as the case may be, established by the aforementioned rules.

§891.4 Special Conditions

(a) All streams 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.

(b) 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 standards as the waters to which it is directly tributary.

§891.5 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 stated above.

§891.6 Table I

Table I
Classifications and Standards of Quality and Purity Assigned to Fresh Surface Waters, and Tidal Salt Waters Including Certain Tidal Waters of The Interstate Sanitation District Within Designated Drainage Basin of Jamaica Bay, Including a Designated Area Tributary to New York Bay Within Kings And Queens Counties
Item No. Waters Index Number Name Description Map Ref. No. Class Standards
1 Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay Waters extending east of a north-south line drawn from Light Inlet at southeasterly tip of Coney Island peninsula near Manhattan Beach to westerly shoreline west of lookout tower on Rockaway Point. Includes Gerritsen Inlet, Dead Horse Bay, Head of Bay and all waters of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Inlet for which a waters index number has not been assigned within Kings and Queens Counties. S-24sw S-24nw S-24se S-24ne S-25nw SB SB
2 LI 237a, 237b, 237c, 237d, 238a Tribs. of Jamaica Bay Waters or portions thereof within Queens County. Barbadoes Basin (trib. 237b). Verman Basin (trib. 237c). Sommerville Basin (trib. 237d) Motts Basin (trib. 238a). S-24se I I
3 LI 241 portion Hook Creek From mouth to trib. 3. Portion within Queens County. S-25nw I I
4 LI 241-1 portion and tribs. Trib. of Hook Creek From mouth to P 1023. S-25nw S-2-4ne I I
5 From P 1023 to Queens-Nassau county line. Trib. of Hook Creek LI 241-1 portion including P 1024a, P 1024b, P 1025 S-25nw C C
6 LI 241-1-P 1023, P 1023a Tribs. of Hook Creek Conselyea's Pond (P 1023). S-25nw B B
7 LI 241-1a Trib. of Hook Creek S-25nw I I
8 LI 241a portion Thurston Basin Channel portion. S-24ne S-2-5nw I I
9 LI 241a portion and tribs. except P 1030 Thurston Basin From head of Thurston Basin to P 1030. S-24ne S-2-5nw C C
10 LI 241a-P 1030 Springfield Park Pond S-24ne B B
11 LI-P 1033 Baisley Pond S-24ne B B
12 LI 247 Bergen Basin S-24ne I I
13 LI 248 and tribs. Hawtree Basin S-24ne I I
14 LI 248a Shellbank Basin S-24ne I I
15 LI 248b Trib. of Jamaica Bay S-24ne I I
16 LI 249 and tribs. Old Mill Creek S-24ne I I
17 LI 249a, 250, 250a Tribs. of Jamaica Bay Hendrix Creek (trib. 249a). Fresh Creek (trib. 250). Paerdegat Basin (trib. 250a). S-24ne S-24nw S-24sw I I
18 LI 250b and basins Mill Basin including East Mill Basin S-24sw SB SB
19 LI 251 and trib. 2 Gerritsen Creek Mill Creek (trib.2). S-24sw SB SB
20 LI 251-1 Plumb Beach Channel and Shellbank Creek S-24sw SB SB
21 LI 252a Sheepshead Bay S-24sw I I
22 LI-P 1a, P 1b, P 1c Unnamed isolated ponds In vicinity of Dyker Beach Park. S-23se C C
23 LI-P 5, P 5a, P 5b, P 7, P 8 Dale Water Pond Dell Water Located in Greenwood Cemetery. Pond Crescent Water Pond Sylvan Water Pond Valley Water Pond S-24nw B B
24 LI-P 13 Swan Boat Lake S-24nw B B
25 LI-P 9 and trib. Prospect Park Lake S-24nw B B
26 LI-P 17 Isolated pond Located at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. S-24nw B B

§891.7 Map 1

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§891.8 Map 2

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§891.9 Quadrangle Maps

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