Proposed South Bay Creek and Marsh Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat
On June 15, 2011, the Department of State (DOS) proposed to designate major portions of the South Bay as a Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat (SCFWH).
The map prepared by the South Bay Task Force shows the proposed SCFWH boundary, still in draft form. The Task Force map is based on a DOS topographic map which accompanies a draft memorandum.
This new designation would provide the South Bay with the same level of protection as Stockport Creek and Flats SCFWH, and all such designated habitats throughout New York State.
The South Bay would be integrated into a regional system of primary habitats which is rated by the state, and entitled to the highest level of protection, as encompassed by CMP Policy 7.
South Bay Task Force members have worked diligently towards this specific outcome, providing ecological field data to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York Natural Heritage Preserve (NYNHP), and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR).
Department of State
Division of Coastal Resources
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010
Albany, NY 12231