State Senator Pete Harckham has proposed a bill that would ensure that New York’s fragile and threatened wetlands are protected. For this bill to succeed, Senators need to hear from constituents who support protecting wetlands and all the clean water, wildlife habitat and climate benefits they provide our communities.
Protecting our remaining wetlands is essential. These vital areas reduce the impacts of flooding, preserve the quality of drinking water sources, filter pollutants and sediment and provide habitat to native wildlife. Each acre of freshwater wetlands can store up to 1.5 million gallons of floodwaters! These natural benefits become even more important with climate change.
New York’s wetland regulations are inadequate and outdated, leaving millions of acres at risk. With this new proposal, we have an opportunity to move past hurdles that have stalled prior efforts to increase wetland protections. Please urge your Senator to support Senator Harckham’s proposal for protecting wetlands.
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