To mitigate aquatic resource impacts, a strategy has been prepared to protect and restore aquatic resource functions and services of equal or greater value than those impacted by the landfill expansion. The mitigation strategy includes conservation actions on the landfill property and on other real property within the same watershed.
To accomplish the wetland mitigation objectives, the following aquatic resources will be protected in perpetuity on the Development Authority’s landfill property: 105 acres of wetland, 272 acres of associated upland wetland buffer area (100 feet around delineated wetlands), 198 acres of stream buffer area (some areas of which overlap with the upland wetland buffers), and approximately 45,844 linear feet of stream resources. Approximately 8,102 linear feet of these on-site stream resources will also be enhanced through the plantings of trees and shrubs within their 100-foot buffer areas.
In addition to the on-site mitigation activities, the mitigation strategy also includes wetland and stream restoration and enhancement within the same watershed along Skinner Road in the Town of Ellisburg on property owned by the NYSDEC as part of the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area. The Skinner Road off-site mitigation area is located in the lower reaches of the Salmon-Sandy Creek Watershed which has had significant wetland loss and impacts to streams from high intensity land uses and loss of riparian buffers. Restoration of wetlands and stream buffers is a priority in the lower reaches of the watershed toward Lake Ontario where these types of impacts have occurred. The completed Skinner Road mitigation activities include approximately 28 acres of wetland restoration and approximately 650 feet of stream bank and stream channel restoration and enhancement along Sandy Creek.