CHAPTER 484
PROTECTED RIVERS

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Sec. 25-200. Short title: Protected Rivers Act.
Sec. 25-201. Definitions.
Sec. 25-202. Eligible river corridors.
Sec. 25-203. Establishment of river committees.
Sec. 25-204. Resource inventory. Statement of objectives. Map. Notice and hearing. River corridor protection plan.
Sec. 25-205. Approval of river corridor protection plan. Designation of protected river corridor by General Assembly.
Sec. 25-206. Consistency of state and municipal land use laws and plans with designated river corridor protection plan. Authority of Connecticut Siting Council and Department of Environmental Protection re activities within designated river corridors.
Sec. 25-207. Structures and uses existing at time of designation of river corridor.
Sec. 25-208. Acquisition of land within designated river corridor by state or municipality.
Sec. 25-209. Commissioner authorized to provide guidance re river corridor protection plans.
Sec. 25-210. Development of hydropower and maintenance of railroad rights-of-way within protected river corridors.
Secs. 25-211 to 25-229.

      Sec. 25-200. Short title: Protected Rivers Act. Sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, shall be known and may be cited as the "Protected Rivers Act".

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 1.)

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      Sec. 25-201. Definitions. For the purposes of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive:

      (1) "Approved map" means a map approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 25-205;

      (2) "Approved river corridor protection plan" means a river corridor protection plan approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 25-205;

      (3) "Clear cutting" means removal of all standing woody vegetation greater than one inch diameter at breast height within a designated river corridor;

      (4) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or his agent;

      (5) "Designation" means designation, by act of the General Assembly, of a river corridor for protection and preservation in accordance with an approved river corridor protection plan and the provisions of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive;

      (6) "Designated river corridor" means that portion of a river corridor defined on a map prepared in accordance with section 25-204 and which has been designated by the General Assembly pursuant to sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive;

      (7) "Eligible river corridor" means a river corridor which is included on the list adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 25-202;

      (8) "Local drainage basin" means a local drainage basin referenced on a map entitled "Natural Drainage Basins of Connecticut", published by the Department of Environmental Protection, 1981;

      (9) "Member municipality" means a municipality which is a member of a river committee established pursuant to section 25-203;

      (10) "Major state plan" means the master transportation plan adopted pursuant to section 13b-15, the plan for development of outdoor recreation adopted pursuant to section 22a-21, the solid waste management plan adopted pursuant to section 22a-211, the state-wide plan for the management of water resources adopted pursuant to section 22a-352, the state-wide environmental plan adopted pursuant to section 22a-8, the plan for the disposal of dredged material for Long Island Sound, the historic preservation plan adopted under the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, the state-wide facility and capital plan adopted pursuant to section 4b-23, the water quality management plan adopted under the federal Clean Water Act, the marine resources management plan, the plan for managing forest resources, the wildlife management plans and the salmon restoration plan;

      (11) "Person" means "person" as defined in section 22a-2;

      (12) "River corridor" means any river, river segment or river system, together with its floodplains, wetlands and uplands, contributing overland runoff to such river, river segment or river system;

      (13) "River committee" means a river committee established pursuant to section 25-203;

      (14) "River system" means a river, its tributaries and any lands draining into such river or its tributaries;

      (15) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or his agent;

      (16) "State rivers assessment data base" means the state-wide assessment of the state's rivers prepared by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (d) of section 25-102qq;

      (17) "State plan for conservation and development" means the state plan for conservation and development prepared pursuant to part I of chapter 297;

      (18) "Subregional drainage basin" means a subregional drainage basin as depicted on a map entitled "Natural Drainage Basins of Connecticut", published by the Department of Environmental Protection, 1981; and

      (19) "Water-dependent use" means a use which, by its nature or function, requires direct access to, or location in or immediately adjacent to, water and which therefore cannot be located upland and shall include such recreational uses as riverside trails and bicycle paths.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 2; P.A. 06-76, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 06-76 amended Subdiv. (10) to delete reference to the Connecticut hazardous waste management plan.

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      Sec. 25-202. Eligible river corridors. (a) The commissioner, in accordance with the provisions of this section, shall adopt a list of rivers flowing within or through or bordering this state which, together with the surrounding land, the commissioner considers appropriate for designation as a protected river corridor. Such rivers shall include those with surrounding lands which are substantially undeveloped and which rivers or lands have exceptional value due to their natural, archaeological, scenic or recreational resources.

      (b) A river corridor may be included on such list if the commissioner determines that (1) the river corridor is substantially undeveloped or rural in character, (2) the river corridor has been highly rated in the state rivers assessment data bank for its natural, archaeological, scenic or recreational values and (3) existing uses of the river corridor are compatible with preservation of such values.

      (c) After compiling a draft list of eligible river corridors, the commissioner shall publish in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the affected area notice of thirty days opportunity to submit comments to the commissioner regarding the list, and of the time and place of a public hearing. Such notice shall be published at least thirty days prior to the date of the hearing. After considering all comments made, the commissioner shall revise the list as appropriate and adopt such revised list, and shall furnish a copy thereof to the chief elected official of each municipality in the affected area. The commissioner may subsequently add or delete river corridors from the list in accordance with the procedures specified in this section.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 3.)

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      Sec. 25-203. Establishment of river committees. (a) The commissioner shall establish a river committee to plan for designation and protection and preservation of eligible river corridors and to perform such other functions as are specified in sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, if (1) one or more municipalities within any such corridor request such action or (2) the legislative body of any such municipality provides for a referendum at a regular election held in such municipality on the question of whether such municipality shall request the commissioner to establish a river committee and a majority of the electors in such municipality approve such action. A request under this subsection shall be accompanied by a list of persons who may appropriately serve on such committee. Such persons shall include (A) an official representative of each requesting municipality, (B) all persons or representatives thereof who have such a legal or management interest in or responsibility for the river corridor that the river committee could not properly function without their participation, and (C) persons having substantial relevant expertise in the areas of engineering or land or water use management. The commissioner shall appoint the members of the river committee from among the persons included on such list and from among such other persons as he deems necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, including at least one representative each of the Departments of Environmental Protection and Public Health. Vacancies on the river committee shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

      (b) At the request of a municipality, the commissioner may add such municipality to a river committee. A request under this section shall be accompanied by a list of prospective committee members as specified in subsection (a) of this section.

      (c) Prior to transacting any official business, a river committee shall establish written procedures for conducting business. Such procedures shall be open to public inspection.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 4; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)

      History: (Revisor's note: In 2003 a reference in Subsec. (a) to "Departments of Environmental Protection and Health and Addiction Services" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Departments of Environmental Protection and Public Health" to conform with change in department's name enacted by P.A. 95-257).

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      Sec. 25-204. Resource inventory. Statement of objectives. Map. Notice and hearing. River corridor protection plan. (a) A river committee shall prepare a written inventory of all resources within the local drainage basin of the river for which the committee was established. Such resources shall include fish and wildlife; endangered and threatened species, species of special concern and essential habitat identified by the commissioner pursuant to chapter 495; tidal and inland wetlands; unique natural phenomena; scenic areas; forest lands; agricultural lands, as defined in section 22-26bb and which are identified by the Commissioner of Agriculture in an inventory which said commissioner shall provide to the committee; and archaeological and other historic resources. The inventory shall specify which such resources render the river corridor exceptionally valuable and suitable for designation. In addition, the inventory shall identify existing uses within the river corridor, including agriculture, public and private water supply, power generation, waste assimilation, residential, commercial, industrial uses, recreation and water-based transportation and other water-dependent uses, for the purpose of determining whether any such uses are compatible with protection and preservation of the river corridor's resources. In preparing the inventory a river committee shall utilize all relevant available information, including the state rivers assessment data base and wetland maps prepared pursuant to sections 22a-30 and 22a-42a.

      (b) After completing an inventory pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, a river committee shall prepare a written statement identifying those resources in the local drainage basin of the river for which the committee was established, particularly those resources which ranked high in the state rivers assessment data base, which should be protected or preserved and which degraded areas in such basin should be restored and preserved for their resource value. Such statement shall also identify any existing uses which are compatible with protection and preservation of such resources. Such statement shall be known as the river committee's statement of objectives.

      (c) After completing an inventory prepared pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and a statement of objectives prepared pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the river committee shall prepare a map consistent with such inventory, which defines the boundaries of the river corridor to be preserved under the river corridor protection plan prepared pursuant to subsection (f) of this section.

      (d) Upon completion of an inventory, statement of objectives and map pursuant to subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section, the river committee shall publish in a newspaper having substantial circulation in the affected area at least thirty days' notice of a public hearing to be held in one of the municipalities represented on the committee. Such hearing shall provide an opportunity for public comment regarding such documents and the committee shall also provide for the submission of written comments to such committee regarding such documents. After considering all comments received, the river committee shall revise such documents as appropriate and submit such revised documents to the commissioner and the secretary. Within ninety days of receiving the revised documents, the commissioner shall provide written comments to the river committee and shall furnish a copy of such comments to the secretary. The secretary shall coordinate a review of the revised documents by all other relevant state agencies and regional planning organizations, as defined in section 4-124i, and, within ninety days of receiving such revised documents, shall provide written comments on such revised documents to the river committee and shall furnish a copy of such comments to the commissioner. After considering all comments received from the commissioner and the secretary, the river committee shall adopt an inventory, statement of objectives and map and shall publish, in a newspaper having substantial circulation in the affected area, notice of the adoption of the inventory, statement of objectives and map.

      (e) After adoption pursuant to subsection (d) of this section of an inventory, statement of objectives and map, the river committee shall prepare a report on all federal, state and municipal laws, plans, programs and proposed activities which may affect the river corridor defined in such map. Such laws shall include regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 440 and zoning, subdivision and site plan regulations adopted pursuant to section 8-3. Such plans shall include plans of conservation and development adopted pursuant to section 8-23, the state plan for conservation and development, water utility supply plans adopted pursuant to section 25-32d, coordinated water system plans adopted pursuant to section 25-33h, municipal open space plans, the commissioner's fish and wildlife plans, the master transportation plan adopted pursuant to section 13b-15, plans prepared by regional planning agencies pursuant to section 8-31a, and publicly-owned wastewater treatment facility plans. State and regional agencies shall, within available resources, assist the river committee in identifying such laws, plans, programs and proposed activities. The report to be prepared pursuant to this section shall identify any conflicts between such federal, state, regional and municipal laws, plans, programs and proposed activities and the river committee's objectives for river corridor protection and preservation as reflected in the statement of objectives. If conflicts are identified, the river committee shall notify the applicable state, regional or municipal agencies and such agencies shall, within available resources, attempt with the river commission to resolve such conflicts.

      (f) (1) After adoption of an inventory, statement of objectives and map pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the river committee shall prepare a river corridor protection plan. The river committee shall publish in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the affected area at least thirty days' notice of a public hearing to be held in one of the municipalities represented on the committee. Such hearing shall provide an opportunity for public comment regarding the plan and the committee shall also provide for the submission of written comments on the plan. The committee shall send a copy of such notice to the chief elected official of each municipality located wholly or partially in the subregional drainage basin in which the subject river corridor is located and shall send such notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to each person who owns property adjacent to the river segment which is the subject of the river corridor proposed for designation under section 25-205. After considering all comments received, the river committee shall revise said documents as appropriate and submit them to the commissioner and the secretary. Within ninety days of receiving the revised documents, the commissioner shall provide written comments to the river committee and shall furnish a copy of such comments to the secretary. The secretary shall coordinate a review of the revised documents by all other relevant state agencies and regional planning organizations, as defined in section 4-124i, and within ninety days of receiving such documents shall provide written comments thereon to the river commission and shall furnish a copy of such comments to the commissioner. After considering all comments received from the commissioner and the secretary, the river committee shall revise the river corridor protection plan as appropriate and shall publish in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the affected area notice of the availability of the response to comments and the revised plan.

      (2) A river corridor protection plan shall set forth a strategy for achieving the protection and preservation objectives contained in the statement of objectives adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section and for reconciling existing incompatible uses with resource preservation. Such plan shall make recommendations for the modification of municipal plans of conservation and development and zoning, subdivision, site plan and wetlands regulations as necessary to allow implementation of the river corridor protection plan and to assure that each member municipality similarly preserves that portion of the river corridor under its jurisdiction. Such plan shall recommend that applicable municipal regulations be modified to prohibit mining, moving of earth and dredging, other than dredging to maintain existing uses, within the river corridor. Such plan may set out guidelines for disturbing vegetation within the river corridor and identify areas where clear-cutting should be prohibited; may recommend municipal adoption of programs to minimize pollution or development of the river corridor and maximize voluntary private preservation efforts; shall consider land and water uses which may be compatible with river protection, including hydropower, agriculture, recreation and waste discharges and may recommend appropriate revisions of any state or regional plans of development or municipal plans of conservation and development or open space plans. Such plan shall include a time schedule for state and municipal implementation of such regulatory modifications and programs.

      (3) A river corridor protection plan shall include the results of an instream flow study if the commissioner deems it necessary. An instream flow study shall be conducted in accordance with the commissioner's guidance and shall document water flow in the river corridor for the purpose of determining whether there is sufficient flow to allow withdrawals of water consistent with the resource protection and preservation objectives of the river corridor protection plan.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 5; P.A. 95-335, S. 24, 26; P.A. 96-180, S. 94, 166; P.A. 03-140, S. 22; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(e); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 07-242, S. 112; P.A. 08-182, S. 3, 4; P.A. 10-32, S. 89.)

      History: P.A. 95-335 amended Subsecs. (e) and (f) to change "plan of development" to "plan of conservation and development", effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-180 amended Subsec. (f) to correct a statutory reference, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 03-140 replaced "16a-35m" with "16a-7a" in Subsec. (e), effective July 1, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Agriculture with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 07-242 amended Subsec. (e) to delete reference to comprehensive energy plan adopted pursuant to Sec. 16a-7a, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 08-182 amended Subsecs. (d) and (f)(1) to replace references to Sec. 8-31a re establishment of regional planning organizations with references to Sec. 4-124i re definition of regional planning organizations; P.A. 10-32 made technical changes in Subsec. (d), effective May 10, 2010.

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      Sec. 25-205. Approval of river corridor protection plan. Designation of protected river corridor by General Assembly. (a) A river corridor protection plan adopted by a river committee pursuant to section 25-204 shall be submitted to the legislative bodies of the towns participating in such committee for their approval. Following the approval of all of such legislative bodies, a river committee may apply to the commissioner for approval of a map adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 25-204 and a river corridor protection plan prepared pursuant to subsection (f) of said section. An application under this section shall include, in addition to such map and plan, the inventory and statement of objectives adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 25-204, the report prepared pursuant to subsection (e) of said section and the response to comments prepared pursuant to subsection (f) of said section. The river committee shall submit a copy of the application to the secretary.

      (b) In deciding whether to approve such a map and plan, the commissioner shall consider: (1) Whether such inventory, statement of objectives, map, response to comments and plan were completed in accordance with the requirements of section 25-204, (2) whether the inventory accurately identifies all resources, especially those of exceptional value, in the local drainage basin, (3) whether the river corridor protection plan would, if implemented, protect and preserve such resources particularly those resources of exceptional value and those resources ranked high in the state rivers assessment data base, (4) whether such plan would, if implemented, reconcile existing incompatible uses with resource protection and preservation and allow for uses which are compatible therewith, (5) whether the river corridor identified in the map prepared pursuant to subsection (c) of section 25-204 comprises sufficient river area and shoreland to implement the river protection plan, (6) whether the river committee adequately responded to public comments on the river corridor protection plan, (7) the comments submitted to the secretary pursuant to subsection (d) of section 25-204 and (8) other information the commissioner deems relevant.

      (c) If the secretary finds that any provision of a river corridor protection plan submitted to him in accordance with subsection (a) of this section conflicts with a program, policy or proposed activity of any state agency, he shall act in coordination with the commissioner, the affected state agency and any other interested persons to attempt to resolve the conflict. If the secretary recommends modifications to the map or the river corridor protection plan to resolve any such conflicts, the commissioner shall not approve the plan until it has been revised in accordance with the secretary's recommendations.

      (d) The commissioner's approval of a map and river corridor protection plan shall be in writing and shall be filed with the chief elected official of each member municipality and the river committee. If the commissioner denies such approval, the river committee may submit a revised map or river corridor protection plan.

      (e) Any revision to a river corridor protection plan approved or rejected by the commissioner pursuant to this section shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with the requirements of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, for the original submittal provided that approval of the General Assembly shall not be required for revision of a plan for a river corridor previously designated pursuant to this section. A revision of an approved river corridor protection plan shall not be effective until such revision has been approved by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of this section.

      (f) The commissioner may periodically review an approved map and approved river corridor protection plan and recommend revisions. The river committee shall review an approved map and plan at least once every five years after their approval, and shall revise such map or plan as appropriate and in accordance with the requirements of section 25-204.

      (g) Upon approval of a map and river corridor protection plan pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall recommend to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment that the General Assembly enact a law designating the river corridor which is the subject of such map and plan and providing for the protection and preservation of such corridor in accordance with the provisions of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive. At any time prior to designation of the river corridor by law, any municipality, by vote of its legislative body, may withdraw from the river committee and, after such designation, the provisions of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, shall not apply to such municipality. A vote for withdrawal shall not be taken until after a public hearing on a proposed withdrawal at which parties in interest and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard. Notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be given in a newspaper or newspapers having a substantial circulation in such municipality at least fifteen days before such hearing. The map and river corridor protection plan shall be filed for public inspection in the office of the town or city clerk of the municipality holding said hearing at least ten days before such hearing.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 6.)

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      Sec. 25-206. Consistency of state and municipal land use laws and plans with designated river corridor protection plan. Authority of Connecticut Siting Council and Department of Environmental Protection re activities within designated river corridors. (a) Within thirty days of designation of a river corridor, the river committee shall file the approved map and approved river corridor protection plan in the office of the town clerk of each member municipality.

      (b) Within one year of designation of a river corridor, each member municipality shall amend its zoning, subdivision, site plan and wetlands regulations, its municipal plan of conservation and development and any other applicable laws or plans in accordance with the recommendations of the approved river corridor protection plan. The river committee shall assist member municipalities in adopting any such amendments, and on behalf of a member municipality may petition the commissioner for an extension of the one-year deadline specified in this subsection for amending applicable laws. Before adopting any such amendment, a member municipality shall submit the proposed amendment to the commissioner, and such proposed amendment shall not be adopted unless the commissioner finds in writing that it is consistent with the approved river corridor protection plan.

      (c) After a member municipality has completed amending applicable laws and plans pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, no zoning variance or other exception to any such amended law shall be granted unless the zoning board of appeals for such municipality, in consultation with the river committee, finds in writing that it is compatible with the approved river corridor protection plan.

      (d) (1) Every major state plan other than the state plan for conservation and development, to the extent that it affects a designated river corridor, shall be consistent with the approved river corridor protection plan for such corridor, and any state plan which is inconsistent with such approved river corridor protection plan shall be modified accordingly. Such modifications shall be made in consultation with the commissioner at the next scheduled revision of such plan.

      (2) If the commissioner finds that the state plan for conservation and development is inconsistent with an approved river corridor protection plan for a designated river corridor, he shall apply to the secretary for a revision pursuant to section 16a-32.

      (3) Every regional plan of conservation and development adopted pursuant to section 8-35a, to the extent that it affects a designated river corridor, shall be consistent with the approved river corridor protection plan for such corridor and any regional plan of conservation and development which is inconsistent with such approved river corridor protection plan shall be modified accordingly. Such modifications shall be made in consultation with the commissioner.

      (4) Every municipal plan of conservation and development adopted pursuant to section 8-23, to the extent that it affects a designated river corridor, shall be consistent with the approved river corridor protection plan for such corridor and any municipal plan of conservation and development which is inconsistent with such approved river corridor protection plan shall be modified accordingly. Such modifications shall be made in consultation with the commissioner.

      (5) The commissioner may notify any applicable federal agency of the designation of a river corridor and may take any other appropriate action to assure consideration of such designation in federal programs or activities.

      (e) (1) Neither the commissioner nor the Connecticut Siting Council shall issue a permit or other approval for any activity within a river corridor designated under section 25-205 unless the commissioner or the council, as the case may be, determines that such activity would not adversely affect any of the resources protected pursuant to the plan for such corridor.

      (2) A member municipality may submit written testimony to the commissioner and may appear by right as a party to any hearing before the commissioner concerning any permit or other license to be issued by the commissioner for an activity proposed within a designated river corridor and may appeal any decision of the commissioner concerning such permit or other license to the Superior Court in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 7; P.A. 95-335, S. 25, 26; P.A. 08-182, S. 14.)

      History: P.A. 95-335 amended Subsec. (b) and Subsec. (d)(4) to change "plan of development" to "plan of conservation and development", effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 08-182 amended Subsec. (d)(3) to change "regional plan of development" to "regional plan of conservation and development".

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      Sec. 25-207. Structures and uses existing at time of designation of river corridor. For purposes of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, any structure or related facility including, but not limited to, a parking lot, septic system, pool or surfaced area, including, but not limited to, a paved, bricked, graveled walk or driveway, or a lawn or other landscaped area or a waste discharge authorized under chapter 446k, which exists within a designated river corridor on the date of designation, or agricultural land used for any agricultural purpose, as defined in section 1-1q, identified by the Commissioner of Agriculture in the inventory provided to the committee pursuant to section 25-204, including land reserved for crop rotation, may be maintained as such provided if, on or after such date of designation, any such structure, related facility, surfaced or landscaped area or agricultural land is degraded, damaged or destroyed, it may be replaced or restored without regard to the provisions of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, only if there is no significant change in its location, dimensions or elevations. Any permitted activities, authorized under title 22a, which exists within a designated river corridor on the date of designation may be reauthorized under said chapter without regard to the provisions of sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive. Land reserved for crop rotation shall not include "forest land" as defined in section 12-107b.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 8; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(e); P.A. 04-189, S. 1.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Agriculture with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004.

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      Sec. 25-208. Acquisition of land within designated river corridor by state or municipality. (a) For the purpose of preserving or protecting a designated river corridor, the commissioner is authorized to acquire real property or any interest therein within such corridor. Such acquisition may be by purchase, gift or devise. The commissioner is authorized to accept any gift or bequest of money or other personal property to be used to acquire such real property or interest therein or to meet expenses involved in maintaining such real property. Such funds shall be held by the State Treasurer to be used and expended under the direction of the commissioner.

      (b) For the purposes of preserving or protecting a designated river corridor, a municipality may acquire real property, or any interest therein, within such corridor. Such acquisition may be by purchase, gift or devise. Such municipality is authorized to accept any gift or bequest of money or other personal property to be used to acquire such real property or interest therein, or to meet expenses involved in maintaining such real property.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 9.)

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      Sec. 25-209. Commissioner authorized to provide guidance re river corridor protection plans. The commissioner may, within available funds, issue written guidance for development of a river corridor protection plan. Such guidance may address legal means for preserving land and water resources.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 10.)

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      Sec. 25-210. Development of hydropower and maintenance of railroad rights-of-way within protected river corridors. Nothing in sections 25-200 to 25-210, inclusive, and subsection (a) of section 13a-94, shall be construed to limit or preclude the development of hydropower except where in the commissioner's judgment, such development is incompatible with the applicable river corridor protection plan or to limit or preclude the maintenance of railroad rights-of-way for fire prevention purposes.

      (P.A. 94-150, S. 12.)

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      Secs. 25-211 to 25-229. Reserved for future use.

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