N.Y. Environmental Conservation Law Section 15-1947
Unlawful interference with drainage works


1.

It shall be unlawful for any person to divert water from its natural watershed in such manner that it flows into a drainage district, or so to divert water in a drainage district as to prevent it from following the course laid out for such water by the department and cause it to flow into any stream, ditch or ditches into which it does not naturally or was not designed to flow.

2.

It shall be unlawful for any person without authorization to interfere with, fill up, alter or change any drainage ditch or other structure constructed under the provisions of title 19 of this article or lawfully constructed under the provisions of the conservation or the drainage laws or any other general or special statutes, or without authorization to open or close gates or other regulating works in connection therewith or to construct unauthorized ditches or drains or other interference. This shall not be held to prevent the private construction of drainage works within a district, provided that such construction is done in accordance with plans approved by the department and with its written consent.

3.

It shall be unlawful to build or maintain across or in such drainage ditch any bridge or culvert which unduly impedes the flow of water in such ditch. No bridge or culvert across or in any drainage channel or ditch within or without a drainage district and necessary to the proper drainage thereof, shall hereafter be built, rebuilt or altered by any person or authority except with the written consent and approval of the department.

Source: Section 15-1947 — Unlawful interference with drainage works, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ENV/15-1947 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 22, 2024).

15‑1901
Purpose
15‑1903
General provisions and definitions
15‑1905
Drainage improvement districts
15‑1907
Drainage improvement associations
15‑1909
Entry upon lands, structures and waters
15‑1911
Petition for formation of district
15‑1913
Proceedings on petition
15‑1915
Proceedings for formation of district
15‑1917
Surveys and maps
15‑1919
Drainage enhancements
15‑1921
Proceedings on enhancements
15‑1923
Plans and estimates
15‑1925
General apportionment of cost
15‑1927
Proceedings on general apportionment of costs and final fixation of boundaries
15‑1929
Corrections and revisions of statements of enhancements
15‑1931
Procedure for authorization of construction
15‑1933
Construction
15‑1935
Contracts
15‑1937
Operation and maintenance
15‑1939
Special apportionment of cost
15‑1941
Major repairs of drainage works
15‑1943
Minor repairs in drainage districts
15‑1945
Minor repairs in existing drainage ditches
15‑1947
Unlawful interference with drainage works
15‑1949
Removal of beaver
15‑1951
Financing of improvements
15‑1953
Drainage improvement district fund
15‑1955
Proceedings for assessment and collection of cost
15‑1957
Drainage fund
15‑1959
Corrections and revisions of assessments, determinations of drainage enhancements and apportionment of costs
15‑1961
Drainage district with federal aid
15‑1963
Formation of district with federal aid
15‑1965
Construction project
15‑1967
Changes in project
15‑1969
Continuation of district
15‑1971
Transfer of property and discontinuance of district
15‑1973
Drainage section association
15‑1975
Drainage section association
15‑1977
Articles of association
15‑1979
First annual meeting
15‑1981
Powers of association
15‑1983
Drainage of agricultural lands

Accessed:
Jun. 22, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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