New York City Wetlands Transfer Task Force

Wetlands Transfer Task Force releases recommendations!

Historic Preservation of City-Owned Wetlands

The Wetlands Transfer Task Force submitted final recommendations to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on September 26, 2007. The Mayor accepted the Task Force’s recommendation for Staten Island’s Arlington Marsh, and will review the many other recommendations for transfer of City- owned salt marshes and forested wetlands to New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Read the Press Release.
Download a viewable version Wetlands Transfer Task Force Report.
Download a printable version Wetlands Transfer Task Force Report.

(Please note that both versions of this document are 12.4 Mb in size and 283 pages in length. The viewable version has pages in both the portrait and landscape orientations while the printable version has all pages in the portrait orientation.)

Wetlands in NYC
Willow Lake, Queens

Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. Not only do they provide habitat for a variety of species of plants, reptiles, birds and fish; they also provide natural water quality improvement, shoreline erosion control and flood protection for the City of New York. Unfortunately, due to urbanization, the 100+ square miles of wetlands that historically existed within the New York City limits have now been depleted to approximately 14 square miles.

On August 31, 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed a local law, sponsored by the City Council, to create a task force to inventory City-owned wetlands in the metropolitan area and to determine the technical, legal, environmental and economical feasibility of transferring these wetlands to the jurisdiction of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. The Wetlands Transfer Task Force is comprised of seven individuals, three appointed by the City Council and four by the Mayor of New York City.

Read Local Law No. 83 for the year 2005

The sitting members of this Task Force are:

  • Eugenia Flatow, NYC Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Randy Fong, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
  • Dana Gumb, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
  • Peter Mott / E.J. McAdams, NYC Audubon
  • *Rob Pirani, (Co-chair), Regional Plan Association
  • Doug Rice, NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • *Bill Tai, (Co-chair), NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

The Task Force has completed its review process and published its report which can be found at the top of this page.

Public Hearings

Two public hearings were scheduled and have previously been held. Please see below for dates, times and locations of these past hearings.

Date: June 1, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center
3302 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11234

Date: June 7, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Nature Center
222 Poillon Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312

Blue Heron Park
Blue Heron Park, Staten Island


Wetlands Task Force maps are available for viewing and download here.

Public Hearings Slideshow

To view the slideshow that was presented at the public hearings, please right click here and choose to "Save Target As.." to save the presentation to your computer for viewing.

Assessment Form

This form was used by the members of the Task Force to assess the individual properties using the mandated core criteria of Environmental, Economic, Technical, and Legal factors.


Regional Plan Association
New York City Audubon
New York City Soil & Water Conservation District
Open Accessible Space Information System for New York City
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -Wetlands information

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