Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, D-Nanuet, recently introduced S.7463 to amend the State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law to prohibit the sale of single use plastic water bottles at Long Point State Park, Midway State Park, and Allegany State Park.

This proposed ban is a simple, straight-forward approach to reducing our carbon footprint and curbing plastic pollution in natural areas and waterways. This bill carries no direct fiscal implications to the state, however some state parks may choose to install reusable water bottle refilling stations or water fountains as an alternate source of hydration.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D-Albany, has co-sponsored companion legislation in the state Assembly.

Several environmental groups support the legislation, including the Sierra Club and New York League of Conservation Voters.

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