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File #: Int 1679-2019    Version: * Name: Evaluating shoreline protection structures throughout NYC.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Resiliency and Waterfronts
On agenda: 8/14/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to evaluating shoreline protection structures throughout the city of New York
Sponsors: Paul A. Vallone
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: This bill would require the Mayor to appoint an agency to conduct a study of the shoreline and all shoreline protection structures in New York City. The agency will prepare recommendations for maintaining those shoreline protection structures that are functional, for replacing those that are deteriorating, and for adding them where they do not exist, including where the City may use living shoreline techniques. The agency will submit the report to the Mayor and Council and make its recommendations publicly available by posting the report on its website.
Indexes: Report Required, Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1679, 2. Int. No. 1679, 3. August 14, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-14-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 14, 2019

Int. No. 1679

 

By Council Member Vallone

 

A Local Law in relation to evaluating shoreline protection structures throughout the city of New York

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Shoreline protection structures study. a. Definitions. For purposes of this local law the following terms have the following meanings:

Living shoreline technique. The term “living shoreline technique” means a coastal infrastructure design that incorporates natural living features such as plants, soil or other naturally occurring elements, alone or in combination with structural components such as rock, fiber rolls, bagged shell or similar materials, that functions to protect the coast from erosion and flooding while maintaining upland and water habitats.

Shoreline protection structure. The term “shoreline protection structure” means a coastal infrastructure design made of durable materials, such as rock and reinforced concrete, including seawalls, bulkheads, rip rap, groins, revetments, breakwaters and similar shoreline stabilization methods, built to protect the coast from erosion and flooding.

b. The mayor shall designate an agency to conduct a study of the entire shoreline of the city of New York. The study shall examine, at minimum:

1. Whether any existing shoreline protection structures are intact, degrading or deteriorated;

2. Any maintenance needed to an existing shoreline protection structure or whether such shoreline protection structure should be replaced;

3. Where such shoreline protection structure should be replaced, whether a living shoreline technique would be a feasible replacement;

4. Where no shoreline protection structure is present, whether a shoreline protection structure is necessary, and, if so, whether a living shoreline technique would be feasible.

 c. No later than one year after the effective date of this local law, the designated agency shall post on its website and submit to the mayor and speaker of the council a report that contains its findings and recommendations.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately, and expires and is deemed repealed upon final submission of the report as required by section one of this local law.

 

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