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 2017 Erie County Rain Barrel Painting Contest is in full swing!

Open to schools and student-based community groups in Erie and Niagara counties, this painting contest is held annually in honor of Earth Day.  The theme this year is “Harvest a Resource, Recycle the Rain!”.


Municipal workshop invite

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Join Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for an interactive workshop to learn and discuss the Regional Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed Management Plan. This workshop will highlight findings and suggested management actions for the following sub-watersheds: Buffalo River, Smoke Creek, Eighteenmile Creek. Topics will include: Riparian Buffers, Land Use,...

Local Government Training

Preparing for Extreme Weather Events through Land-Use Planning

Where:           Erie County Fire Training Center, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga, New York 14227

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