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

Join Assemblyman Ryan, the Village of Hamburg, and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning on August 25th for a volunteer opportunity to raise awareness about water quality in Erie County and specifically, Woodlawn Beach!

Volunteers will work together in priority neighborhoods in the Village of Hamburg to mark catch basins and storm drains with a custom stencil to alert...


Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, in partnership with Erie County DEP and Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan, is hosting the Old First Ward Neighborhood Cleanup, where volunteers prevent litter from polluting our waterways. The event is Saturday August 18th, 2018 starting at  10 am until...


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...