Nov 05, 2013 Jason Emerson Uncategorized
The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in coordination with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, has announced it is proposing new regulations to help control invasive species, including aquatic invasive species, and will accept public comments until Dec. 23.
“These regulations, once implemented, are expected to help control invasive species, a form of biological pollution, by reducing the introduction of new and spread of existing populations, thereby having a positive impact on the environment,” according to the DEC.
The proposed regulation was published in the New York State Register on Oct. 23.
The proposed regulations include a list of prohibited species which shall be unlawful to knowingly possess with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce; a list of regulated species which shall be legal to possess, sell, purchase, propagate and transport but may not be knowingly introduced into a free-living state; and require a permit for research, education and other approved activities involving prohibited species and release of regulated species into a free-living state. The rulemaking also specifies the criteria used in making such classifications and a means for future classification of species. The proposed regulations also establish grace periods for certain prohibited species to allow businesses to plan the management of existing stock.
Public comments on the proposed rules should be sent to should be sent to Leslie Surprenant, NYS DEC, Invasive Species Coordination Unit, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233 or via email to email@example.com.
In addition to the public comment period, the DEC will hold four public hearings in December in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Stony Brook. The Syracuse hearing will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Martha Eddy Room at the state fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd.
NYS DEC staff will be available one half hour before the start of the hearings to answer questions.
For more information, and to read the proposed rules in full, visit the DEC Division of Lands and Forests website at dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html and the DEC’s Oct. 23 Environmental Notice Bulletin at dec.ny.gov/enb/20131023_not0.html.
The DEC also announced last week that the notification season for blue-green algae notices has ended for 2013. The final update post containing new information about lakes with blue-green algae bloom notices was posted on Nov. 1 on the DEC’s blue-green algae blooms website, dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.html.
The DEC monitoring programs have completed their sampling for the year. Notifications will resume in spring 2014.
Accordig to the DEC, blue-green algae may still occur on water bodies throughout the fall and possibly winter, although fewer blooms occur as wind and air temperatures rapidly decrease in the fall. Because water bodies may have blue-green algae blooms that have not been reported to DEC, the department recommends people avoid contact with floating rafts, scums and discolored water.
The DEC confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms in Cazenovia Lake this past August. This type of algae can be irritating — even toxic — to humans in large enough concentrations. The lake was not closed to public usage at the time, but the DEC as well as the town board cautioned lake users not to drink the lake water and warned swimmers to avoid contact with any floating rafts, scums and discolored water.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.