ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible for conserving and improving New York's natural resources, managing the State's fish, wildlife and marine resources, and controlling water, land and air pollution to enhance the health, safety and general welfare of the State's residents. The State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2013-14 State Budget provides over $900 million for the environment.
A 2008 assessment of the costs to repair, replace and update New York's wastewater infrastructure estimated the total funding need to be $36.2 billion over a 20 year period. A similar assessment for drinking water infrastructure found a need of $38.7 billion over a 20 year period. In the past, the issuance of environmental bonds has helped to provide funding for capital projects; however, the last environmental bond act was approved in 1996.
The purpose of this hearing is to review the DEC's implementation of programs and the overall impact of the SFY 2013-14 State Budget on the State's environmental programs and to examine the need for a new Environmental Bond Act.
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