The Erie County Environmental Management Council (EMC) recently published their 2013 State of the Environment report. It takes a comprehensive look at the County's environment and makes recommendations for the future.
The Council was established in the Erie County Charter in 1971 under Article 47 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. Members of the Council represent many of the cities, towns and villages within Erie County, as well as 12 at-large members from throughout the County. Their mission is two-fold:
1) Advise county government on local environmental concerns; and
2) Provide a liaison between the community and county government.
Solution oriented, the Erie County Environmental Management Council strives to effect environmental improvement within the inter-governmental system. EMC projects often take the form of studies that provide recommended courses of action of decision makers. Some of the highlighted accomplishments of the EMC include:
- Provide a resource for both the County of Erie, New York Executive and the Erie County Legislature in their understanding and resolution of environmental issues which effect the residents of Erie County
- Assisting the Western New York Stormwater Coalition in reaching out to inform and involve the public in assisting their municipalities in protecting and improving water quality in our waterbodies
- Developing brochures and other educational materials to encourage citizen's and governmental agencies to eliminate or reduce the use of chemical pesticides in caring for their lawns and gardens
- Helped co-sponsor, develop, and implement plans for public education efforts surrounding the 30th anniversary of Earth Day.
- Played a principal role in the phosphate detergents ban legislation (1974 - 1975)
- Lobbied for returnable container and deposit legislation
- Developed and delivered a training program for local elected officials, code enforcement officers and municipal planners to help them better use the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) to mitigate and avoid environmental impacts in their communities
Working With Nature To Create Healthy Lawns is a guide that targets pesticide reduction. The brochure describes pesticides and the risks associated with use on lawns. It also offers tips for a pesticide-free lawn as well as problem solving strategies to manage weeds and insects.
Natural Places of Erie County is also available through the Environmental Management Council. This fold out brochure includes a map of 44 of the County's natural places and a grid showing the amenities of each location.