Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-132

Appropriating Funds from Tompkins County Natural Infrastructure Capital Project for the Etna Swamp – Brotherton Farm Protection Project

Information

Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Environmental

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. FINAL Natural Infrastructure_Etna Swamp-Brotherton_PDEQ_Memo 06-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. Etna Swamp-Brotherton Farm Natural Infrastructure Proposal 06-22-17

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature established the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project in 2017, and

 

              WHEREAS, as of June 29, 2017, the balance in the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project fund is $200,000, and

 

WHEREAS, the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project is focused on protection, by acquisition, easement, restoration, and/or stabilization, of:

·              Upper watershed forests and wetlands;

·              Stream corridors and floodplains;

·              Aquifer recharge areas, and

 

              WHEREAS, the objectives of the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project is to:

·              Protect and enhance those natural systems that can help to mitigate the impacts of intensive rainfall events that are expected to continue to increase as a result of climate change;

·              Help decrease sediment loads in streams and Cayuga Lake;

·              Protect overall water quality in streams, surficial aquifers, and Cayuga Lake, and

 

WHEREAS, the Natural Infrastructure Capital project goal is to reduce risks of flooding and protect public and private water supplies, and

 

WHEREAS, the Project Selection Criteria and Process, accepted by the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee in February 2017, outlined the following evaluation criteria:

·              The cost effectiveness of project in achieving the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project objectives;

·              The ability for the project to leverage additional funding;

·              The project is of sufficient size to make a major contribution to protection of natural infrastructure, and

 

WHEREAS, the project is to provide funding from the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project fund to support the Etna Swamp - Brotherton Farm Protection Project, and

 

WHEREAS, the Etna Swamp - Brotherton Farm Protection Project,

·              Enhances the Unique Natural Area Etna Swamp (UNA-82) wetland area that feeds Fall Creek;

·              Helps to decrease the sediment loads to Fall Creek;

·              Leverages funding from the Finger Lakes Land Trust to develop and implement the permanent conservation easement; 

·              Is of sufficient size to make a major contribution of natural infrastructure by formally protecting hydrologically sensitive areas in the Fall Creek corridor; and

 

WHEREAS, support from the Natural Infrastructure Project fund is an important but not sole component of the total funding needed to implement the Etna Swamp - Brotherton Farm Protection Project, and

 

              WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability and the Planning Advisory Board have recommended that the County Legislature authorize $20,000 in funding from the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project to support the Etna Swamp - Brotherton Farm Protection Project, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That a total of $20,000 in funding from the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project be appropriated for the purpose of supporting the Etna Swamp - Brotherton Farm Protection Project,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be authorized and directed to make an adjustment to the Planning Department budget from the Natural Infrastructure Capital Project fund for this project,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be authorized to execute any contracts or agreements related to this project.

SEQR ACTION:  Unlisted (Short EAF on file with the Clerk of the Legislature)

 

Meeting History

Jun 29, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting
RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:David McKenna, Member
SECONDER:Michael Sigler, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna
EXCUSED:Carol Chock
Jul 18, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
EXCUSED:Carol Chock, Martha Robertson