H.R. 2452 (112th): Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 07, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2452

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 7, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Engel, Mr. Tonko, and Mrs. Lowey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to complete a special resource study of the Hudson River Valley in the State of New York, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(2)

Study area

The term study area means the counties in New York that abut the Hudson River that flows from Rogers Island at Fort Edward to the southernmost boundary of Westchester County, New York.

3.

Findings

Congress finds as follows:

(1)

The Hudson River Valley possesses nationally significant and unique cultural, historical, natural, recreational, and scenic resources.

(2)

The Hudson River Valley is home to a robust and growing tourism and recreation industry that is an important component of the regional economy.

(3)

Throughout history, the Hudson River Valley has played a crucial role in the development of our Nation, starting from the vibrant Native American communities that first inhabited the land, to Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river later named for him in the vessel Half Moon in 1609 and later with the American Revolution, the debate on our Constitution, the first successful steamboat voyage by Robert Fulton in 1807, the Industrial Revolution, the establishment of the Erie Canal and growth of metropolitan New York, and the inception of the modern labor and environmental movements.

(4)

The Hudson River Valley continues to serve as a vitally important corridor of commerce for the Nation, and it has contributed significantly to the development and innovation of new technologies and industries.

(5)

The Hudson River Valley gave birth to important movements in American art, architecture, and literature.

(6)

The Hudson River Valley encompasses a rich array of sensitive natural resources ranging from the river itself and its vast estuarine district, to its wetlands, refuges, parks, forests, farmlands, preserves, cliffs, valleys, and wildlife.

(7)

The depictions and descriptions of the Hudson River Valley’s renowned scenery and natural resources played a central role in the recognition of the value of the landscape and the development of an American esthetic and environmental ideal.

(8)

A 1996 National Park Service study called the Hudson River Valley the landscape that defined America..

(9)

The Hudson River Valley has been the subject of multiple State and Federal inventories, studies, and plans that should greatly assist a National Park Service special resource study.

4.

Authorization of study

(a)

In general

As soon as funds are made available for this purpose, the Secretary shall commence a study of the Hudson River Valley in the State of New York to evaluate—

(1)

the national significance of the area; and

(2)

the suitability and feasibility of designating the area as a unit of the National Park System.

(b)

Study guidelines

In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—

(1)

use the criteria for the study of areas for potential inclusion in the National Park System included in section 8 of Public Law 91–383, as amended by section 303 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–391; 112 Stat. 3501); and

(2)

closely examine park unit models, in particular national river and recreation areas, as well as other landscape protection models, that—

(A)

encompass large areas of non-Federal lands within their designated boundaries;

(B)

promote increased heritage tourism and economic development;

(C)

foster public and private collaborative arrangements for achieving National Park Service objectives; and

(D)

protect and respect the rights of private landowners, as well as municipalities.

5.

Report

Not later than 24 months after the date that funds are first made available for this purpose, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the study authorized by this Act.