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


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...


Join us for the annual

Erie County DEP & NY Department of State Division of Local Government Services

Training for Local Government


This year's training will take...


Southtowns Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: New Entrance – On Abbott Road ACROSS from New Era Stadium (...


Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo and the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, is once again selling rain barrels and compost bins!

There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels...

2019 Cultural Funding Program Dates:


Friday February 23, 2018

12:00 pm (noon)

Applications released. (Briefing details TBD)