N.Y. Environmental Conservation Law Section 15-2709
Administration of the system


1.

The wild, scenic and recreational rivers system shall be administered in accordance with their respective jurisdictions by the commissioner or the agency according to policies and criteria set forth in this title upon establishment of the boundaries of each river area in accordance with § 15-2711 (Establishing boundaries)section 15-2711 of this chapter. The commissioner or agency shall make and enforce regulations necessary for the management, protection, and enhancement of and control of land use and development in the wild, scenic and recreational river areas. No regulations shall be promulgated unless a publicized public hearing is held in the environmental conservation region encompassing the affected area by the commissioner or agency. In such administration, primary emphasis shall be given to protecting ecological, recreational, aesthetic, botanical, scenic, geological, fish and wildlife, historical, cultural, archeological and scientific features of the area. In connection with such administration, the commissioner or the agency may provide for the preparation and implementation of management plans for individual river areas or significant portions thereof.

2.

After inclusion of any river in the wild, scenic and recreational rivers system, no dam or other structure or improvement impeding the natural flow thereof shall be constructed on such river except as expressly authorized in paragraphs b and c of this subdivision. Notwithstanding anything herein contained to the contrary, existing land uses within the respective classified river areas may continue, but may not be altered or expanded except as permitted by the respective classifications, unless the commissioner or agency orders the discontinuance of such existing land use. In the event any land use is so directed to be discontinued, adequate compensation therefor shall be paid by the state of New York either by agreement with the real property owner, or in accordance with condemnation proceedings thereon. The following land uses shall be allowed or prohibited within the exterior boundaries of designated river areas depending on the classification of such areas:

a.

In wild river areas, no new structures or improvements, no development of any kind and no access by motor vehicles shall be permitted other than forest management pursuant to forest management standards duly promulgated by regulations.

b.

In scenic river areas, the continuation of present agricultural practices, the propagation of crops, forest management pursuant to forest management standards duly promulgated by regulations, limited dispersed or cluster residential developments and stream improvement structures for fishery management purposes shall be permitted. There shall be no mining, excavation, or construction of roads, except private roads necessary for residential, agricultural or forest management purposes, and with the further exception that public access through new road construction may be allowed, provided that there is no other such access within two land miles in either direction.

c.

In recreational river areas, the lands may be developed for the full range of agricultural uses, forest management pursuant to forest management standards duly promulgated by regulations, stream improvement structures for fishery management purposes, and may include small communities as well as dispersed or cluster residential developments and public recreational areas. In addition, these river areas may be readily accessible by roads or railroads on one or both banks of the river, and may also have several bridge crossing and numerous river access points.

3.

In addition to the provisions of article 70 (Uniform Procedures)article 70 of this chapter and rules and regulations adopted thereunder, the rules and regulations adopted by the department pursuant to this title to implement its processing of permit applications, modifications, suspensions and revocations shall govern permit administration by the department under this title.

Source: Section 15-2709 — Administration of the system, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ENV/15-2709 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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