[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Auburn 3-28-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991 as Ch. 69 of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Water service — See Ch. 297.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Auburn Prevention of Nonindigenous Species Infestation Ordinance."
The purpose of this chapter is to thwart the infestation of nonindigenous species, particularly Zebra Mussels, onto Owasco Lake, to prevent damage to the public water supply of the City of Auburn and those surrounding communities serviced by Owasco Lake, to ensure the continued vitality of Owasco Lake and its watershed and to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to promote the public good.
This chapter shall be applicable to Owasco Lake and its tributaries and to all watercourses tributary thereto or which may ultimately discharge into Owasco Lake.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- NONINDIGENOUS SPECIES
- Any species or other viable biological material that enters an ecosystem beyond its historic range, including any such organism transferred from one country to another.
- One or more persons of either sex, natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities capable of being sued.
- Every spring, stream, marsh or channel of water of any kind numbered on the ledge of the Owasco Lake Watershed Base Map of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board.
- The entire drainage of watercraft, mechanically propelled or otherwise, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
No person shall launch or shall cause or allow to be launched a vessel onto the waters of Owasco Lake, or onto any watercourse tributary to Owasco Lake, without an inspection sticker issued by a designated and authorized disinfection/inspection station affixed to said vessel certifying that said vessel is free of contamination from nonindigenous species.
No person shall launch or shall cause or allow to be launched a vessel onto Owasco Lake, or onto any watercourse tributary to Owasco Lake, that has been in nonindigenous species infested waters without proof of disinfection by a designated and authorized disinfection/inspection station.
No person shall sell, transport, carry, use for bait for fishing purposes or deposit for any reason live bait from waters other than Owasco Lake, its watercourse or from approved bait shops on the watershed of Owasco Lake.
Noncompliance or nonconformance with any provision of this chapter constitutes a violation punishable on conviction for a first offense by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for not exceeding 15 days, or both, and for a second and subsequent offense by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for not exceeding 15 days, or both.