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Window for input widened on wetlands plan

State environmental regulators have extended the deadline for public comments on their proposal to add 120 acres of wetlands, most of which are in the City of North Tonawanda.

The new deadline is June 15, State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, said in a press release this afternoon.

Maziarz and North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt had requested an extension last month from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

3:33 p.m.: Here's a link to the state DEC's freshwater wetlands program website.

3:15 p.m.: Last month, Ortt was criticized for what some viewed as an attempt to get a rubber stamp from the city's environmental committee on a road extension project that may be impacted by the wetlands designation. Here's that story.

We've also got maps of the proposed wetlands: Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4 and Map 5. Map 1 shows a proposed wetland that lies on the North Tonawanda-Town of Wheatfield border.

Last year, North Tonawanda officials were considering a lawsuit against the state over the wetland issue.

Another proposed wetlands delineation, which is part of the latest plan, also led to a dispute with the state last year.

--Aaron Besecker


environment | North Tonawanda
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