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The Watershed Rules and Regulations, created by New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, influence several facets of law, including the ability of local governments to regulate actions such as construction. Several landowners in the affected area have taken issue with the regulation. Specifically, they challenge the constitutionality of the city’s extraterritorial control on outside municipalities because of the resulting diminutive effect of the regulations on private property values. This article discusses these issues, as well as the legal ability for potential plaintiffs to sue.

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