Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

The Department of Environment and Planning leads the County's economic development efforts, oversees environmental compliance, collaborates on local and regional planning, provides digital mapping services, and provides wastewaster treatment services in seven sewer districts across the county.

What's Happening in Environment & Planning




The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning have announced a public comment period to solicit public input on the updated Erie County Parks Master Plan (“the...


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By using art projects and a developed S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, teachers can engage their students to understand their role in pollution prevention. "I am the Solution..." is the message, with the Art Projects and the Science Museum ...

The Assessment Rolls for 2018 (2019 Levy) have been completed for the Erie County Sewer Districts, and are open for public inspection in the Office of the Erie County Division of Sewerage Management,...


The County of Erie, New York (the “County”) is currently seeking Proposal Statements from qualified Engineering firms interested in providing Engineering Services to assist the Division of Sewerage Management. The County wishes to retain the services of an Engineering firm for a three (3) year term to provide assistance with various requirements for air permitting and the sewage...


Erie County engaged HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment (HVS) to conduct a market and feasibility analysis related to the potential redevelopment of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (BNCC).

The completed study was released on September 20th, 2018. 

Key findings were that the Buffalo-Niagara region is not fulfilling its potential in the convention industry and...


Local agriculture is an important and varied regional asset. In Erie County, we have the good fortune of having a large number of farms and agricultural businesses.

In an effort to support local farms and protect farmland, the 2012 Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan set...


The Western New York Hot Spot Fishing Map has recently added two new functionalities. 

The fishing hotspot layer has been broken into individual fish type layers in the table of contents.  This allows the public to only display the species of fish they are interested in instead of showing all fish types.

Additionally, the application has added a Marine Routing feature....


Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance
Water Quality Implementation Project Request for Proposals 2018

The Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance (LEWPA) is made up of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie...