Stop Proposal to Weaken Yorktown Wetlands Law
Why should you care?
The proposed law is substantially weaker than the current law, with fewer protections for our critically important wetlands.
Wetlands protect our property from flooding and our roads from dangerous icing conditions; like sponges, wetlands soak up and retain runoff.
When nature retains stormwater, it’s free. When the town must install and maintain drainage systems, taxpayers pay.
Wetlands provide wildlife habitat for breeding, feeding and nesting, and help remove pollutants from our drinking water.
How is the proposed law weaker?
It protects fewer wetlands — only those exceeding 4,356 square feet, more than four times larger than what is protected by the current law.
It ignores a wetland’s function. Often, smaller wetlands are more important than larger ones.
It is not clear if Town-owned wetlands are covered. Some of our most important wetlands are on Town-owned land; the Town should be held to the same standard as private owners
You won’t be notified if your neighbor plans to fill a wetland to build a swimming pool or regrade property for a mini soccer field. Your only “notification” will be when you see the bulldozer on his property and the water starts running into your backyard. By then, it will be too late.
How can you stop the proposed law?
Attend the public hearing on April 18th at 7:30 pm at Town Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue.
Speak up: Let your elected representatives know you want a stronger, not weaker, wetlands law. Share personal stories about what happened to your property or in your neighborhood when nearby wetlands were filled in or damaged beyond repair.
Send an email or postcard/letter (363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598) to all Town Board members. Remind them that you want YOUR wetlands and quality of life protected. Supervisor Michael Grace; Councilman Tom Diana; Councilman Vishnu Patel; Councilman Ed Lachterman; Councilman Greg Bernard.
Sign the online petition opposing the proposed law here.
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Click here for a copy of the proposed law.
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