Our friends at Riverkeeper have created a page to urge Governor Hochul to protect New York’s streams, and time is running out:
This past weekend, important clean water legislation landed on Governor Hochul’s desk, starting a 10-day (excluding Sundays) countdown to a signature or a veto. We need your help contacting the Governor to show her that New Yorker’s support stronger clean water protections.
New York State has a simple protection for many miles of streams and rivers in our state: Get a DEC permit before you mess with a stream, so impacts can be avoided or mitigated. But 41,000 miles of streams lack this basic protection. That puts the life in those streams at risk, as well as communities that rely on them for drinking water, recreation and flood protection.
The New York State Legislature passed a bill granting protections to 41,000 miles of these “Class C” streams across New York, including nearly 9,000 miles in the Hudson River watershed. This bill now awaits Governor Hochul’s signature – and we need your help in ensuring it gets signed into law.via