The new law is designed to foster responsible conservation practices and economic growth while protecting water bodies and wildlife habitats. The permitting process will ensure a continued water supply to existing municipal, agricultural and industrial users, and will help identify areas that could support new water-dependent businesses. The law requires approval before operating or proposing a system with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons or more per day of surface and groundwater.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
NY Law Will Comply With Compact On Water Withdrawal
Aug 15: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will sign a new law to protect New York's waters and the Great Lakes by requiring a state permit for the withdrawal of large volumes of water from the state's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater. Significantly, the law will enable the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to comply with commitments under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact) by regulating all significant water withdrawals occurring in the New York portion of the Great Lakes Basin. The law also directs DEC to establish an effective water conservation and efficiency program, which is another key responsibility of states under the Compact. The legislation (A5318-2011 S3455-2011) also increases penalties to deter violations that threaten the quality and quantity of the State's water resources.
Posted by WIMS at 8/16/2011