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Recent Changes to New York’s Freshwater Wetlands Act: Lessons Learned from Turning a Decades Long Dream into a Whole Lot of Work

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

PRESENTER

  • Roy (J.R.) Jacobson, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

ABSTRACT

After more than a decade of planning and active work, a collaborative effort led to the first significant changes to New York’s Freshwater Wetlands Act since 1975. The revised Act was enacted in April 2022 as part of New York’s latest budget and most significantly breaks the link between outdated mapping of wetlands and regulatory jurisdiction. There will be a staged implementation over the coming years to allow for necessary rulemaking and outreach to the regulated community. No significant changes will occur until 2025 when the regulatory maps will be replaced by informational maps. At that time, new provisions for regulating smaller wetlands will be implemented for wetlands that meet one of 11 specific criteria. The default regulatory threshold of 12.4 acres in place since 1975 will remain until 2028 when the default regulatory threshold goes down to 7.4 acres. This webinar will provide the background and history of this long process, identifying the challenges faced, key contributors to overcoming these challenges and lessons learned that may be helpful to other state and tribal wetland programs.

Roy JacobsonBIO

Roy (J.R.) Jacobson works in the Division of Fish and Wildlife for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) and currently oversees statewide implementation of several habitat protection programs, including the freshwater wetlands regulatory program. He started with the freshwater wetlands program in 1988 and has been working with colleagues in earnest on this project since 2007.

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