2009-05-15 / Top Stories

Ulrich Votes To Protect Wetlands

City Council Member Eric A. Ulrich (R-Queens) joined fellow Council Members on the Environmental Protection Committee in passing legislation to require the creation of a comprehensive wetlands protection strategy. The approved bill (Intro. 506-A) will require the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to conduct a satellite or aerial imagery survey of the City of New York to assess the location and size of the City's wetlands, analyze the data collected in the survey, and develop and implement a comprehensive wetlands protection strategy.

Ulrich said, "It is important to understand that the wetlands around New York City perform many critical functions. The wetlands defend our coastline from stormy seas, prevent flooding and shoreline erosion in coastal areas, provide a habitat for fish and other marine life, and also provide areas for recreation. That is why, as a member of the Committee, I voted in favor of developing a plan that will protect these vital areas for years to come."

The new law takes effect immediately and will require the initial survey to be completed by September 1, 2010 with the final comprehensive wetlands protection plan to be submitted by March 1, 2012.

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