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Mayor Bloomberg signs Comprehensive Wetlands Protection Act
Mayor Bloomberg stated that: "Wetlands play an importnat role in maintaining and improving water quality, providing flood protection and wildlife habitats, and sequestering carbon dioxide."
He added: "However, we have lost 86 percent of our wetlands in the last century due to environmental change and development...Although there are State and federal protections for our remaining wetlands, State law leaves room at the local level to set additional protection strategies.As a result of Local Law 83 of 2005, which the Council passed and I signed, the City is working to protect more than eighty acres of City-owned wetlands, in addition to other acquisitions and the thousands of acres we already have under management in our Parks and Bluebelt systems. Introductory Number 506-A will codify this effort by establishing a timeframe for the City to create a comprehensive wetlands protection strategy, starting with the surveying of the remaining wetlands in the City using satellite imagery and culminating with the production of a wetlands strategy document by 2012."