Enhanced protections for NYC wetlands
This week Mayor Bloomberg signed legislation to establish a comprehensive wetlands strategy by for New York City by 2012. The Mayor emphasized at a public hearing on Tuesday that protecting wetlands (of which there are many at the Freshkills Park site) is a high priority of PlaNYC 2030.
“Although there are State and federal protections for our remaining wetlands, State law leaves room at the local level to set additional protection strategies.”
New York City has lost 86 percent of its wetlands in the past century due to development and changes in the urban environment.
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