(a) Description of nonnavigable areaSubject to subsections (b) and (c), the area of Long Island City, Queens County, New York, that—
as of October 12, 1996, lies between the southerly high water line of Anable Basin (also known as the “11th Street Basin”) and the northerly high water line of Newtown Creek; and
extends from the high water line (as of October 12, 1996) of the East River to the original high water line of the East River;
is declared to be nonnavigable waters of the United States.
(b) Requirement that area be improved
(1) In general
The declaration of nonnavigability under subsection (a) shall apply only to those portions of the area described in subsection (a) that are, or will be, bulkheaded, filled, or otherwise occupied by permanent structures or other permanent physical improvements (including parkland).
(2) Applicability of Federal lawImprovements described in paragraph (1) shall be subject to applicable Federal laws, including—
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
(c) Expiration dateThe declaration of nonnavigability under subsection (a) shall expire with respect to a portion of the area described in subsection (a), if the portion—
is not bulkheaded, filled, or otherwise occupied by a permanent structure or other permanent physical improvement (including parkland) in accordance with subsection (b) by the date that is 20 years after October 12, 1996; or
(Pub. L. 104–303, title V, § 556, Oct. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 3782.)