Rules for Recreational Use of Water Supply Lands and Waters.

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019

Statement of Basis and Purpose

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“NYCDEP”) amends its Rules for the Recreational Use of Water Supply Lands and Waters (“Rules”). There are currently 112,993 Access Permit holders and 13,081 Boat Tag holders. In 2017, NYCDEP held several recreation-related events in which almost 800 people attended.

These Rule changes will increase recreational opportunities on City Property, as defined in these Rules, provide greater flexibility for NYCDEP to manage boats stored on reservoirs, and make the Rules clearer and easier to read and follow. These Rules provide a wide range of recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, hunting, trapping and hiking. Recreational opportunities improve the quality of life of nearby residents by providing several additional leisure activities, and by expanding access to outdoor physical activities that improve health and fitness. Many of the changes in these Rules are in response to comments and feedback received from users of the City Property.

Examples of changes beneficial to users include:
• Expansion of the recreation season,
• Extension of the time that Fishing Boat Tags are valid,
• Acceptance of the IDNYC as valid identification, and
• Allowing the use of service dogs.