Wetlands Protection

Wetlands Mapping Amendments

Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter and Niagara Group are leaders in protecting New York’s vanishing wetlands. We received a grant from National Sierra Club for a mapping project that compared US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetland Inventory to state wetland maps. Sierra Club requested in 2005 that DEC amend their original wetland maps using the technological advances that have occurred in the decades since the first maps were drawn.

The Sierra Club has written letters to the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) in support of their proposed expanded Wetland Maps for WNY. Please see our past efforts below:

The DEC recently introduced revised State Wetland Maps for Erie County: CC-45 (Amherst) and LA-18 (Lancaster); and also for Niagara County: TE-39, TE-40, TE-41 TE-43 and TE-31 (North Tonawanda). Amherst’s comprehensive plan indicates the CC-45 wetland is located in the northeast part of the town. The Mayor of North Tonawanda proposes to subsidize new residential construction in wetland areas in that city. Your comments are needed to protect further loss of wetlands from development.

A basic letter of support will count as a vote in favor of the amendment. The most valuable comments Sierra Club members can provide are those substantiating the presence of expansive wetlands – accounts of direct observation and/or photos of wetlands and seasonally flooded areas, comparisons to US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetland Inventory maps, aerial images, and/or documentation of the presence of wetland plants and hydric (wetland) soils as shown on the county soil survey.

For more information, refer to the NYS DEC Environmental Notice Bulletin at: enb@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Interactive state wetland maps can be viewed online: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/38801.html

Contact to send your comments via E-mail: r9dep (at) gw.dec.state.ny.us
Contact by U.S. mail:
NYS DEC – Region 9
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
phone: (716) 851-7010, fax: (716) 851-7005.

Attention, please direct your comments by county: Chuck Rosenburg (for Erie Co.) and Kenneth Roblee (for Niagara Co.) wetlands.