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 wastewater treatment services in seven sewer districts across the county.

What's Happening in Environment & Planning

Tracking COVID-19 in Wastewater – Erie County, New York

Research has shown that humans shed the virus causing COVID-19 (the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in their stool when infected individuals use the bathroom.  The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning – Division of Sewerage Management organized a partnership with local...

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Erie Grown initiative & Cultural Funding program win National Association of Counties (“NACo”) 2021 Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards Program is a non...

County Executive Mark Poloncarz and 43North have released the Back to Business Grant Program Report

This report outlines the unprecedented $20 million County grant program conducted in partnership with 43North to provide financial aid to our small businesses in their greatest time of need.

The full Report can be found...