When Seneca Meadows, the largest landfill in New York, needed to expand, its proposal to impact 70 acres of forested wetland would have made it the largest permitted wetland impact in state history.
A mitigation plan that exceeded regulatory needs – involving wetland and prairie ecosystem restoration on 1,200 acres of adjacent farmland – provided the solution to expansion. And it far exceeded expectations for conservation and wildlife benefits to the region.
Rather than propose a wetland mitigation plan at the standard 3:1 ratio, AES ecologists designed a mitigation plan that dedicated more than 8 times the acreage to wetland creation and conservation.
The solution was to mitigate the wetland impacts with the acquisition and restoration of 1,200 acres of neighboring farmland that would be turned into native New York wetland communities, meadows, savannas and forests.
Included would be the design/build restoration of Black Brook through 2.5 miles of the landfill property with ecological improvements for fisheries, wildlife and habitat.
The former Dove Farm is now the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve, complete with 7 miles of trails and a new Audubon Nature Center. In 2014, the restored landscape was designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon New York, only six years after installation of the restored ecological communities.
Comprehensive Wetland Consulting Services
Mitigation Planning + Permitting
Wetland, Stream and Upland Restoration Design
Installation of Native Wetland and Upland Plant Communities