Protect NY's wetlands

    Wetland in the Catskills 
Urge Governor Kathy Hochul to ensure protections for New York’s fragile and threatened wetlands are included in the 2022-2023 New York State budget. Modernizing New York’s decades-old freshwater wetlands program could protect over 1 million acres as a critical buffer against climate extremes. For this effort to succeed, the Governor and her team need to hear from New Yorkers who support protecting wetlands and all the clean water, wildlife habitat and climate benefits they provide our communities.

As intense rain events like Ida become more common, 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New York’s wetland regulations are inadequate and outdated, leaving millions of acres at risk.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 a new administration in Albany, we have an opportunity to move past hurdles that have stalled prior efforts to shore up wetland protections. Please urge Governor Hochul to include protections for freshwater wetlands in next year’s budget.

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