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-Environmental Features Setback -

General Information




An Environmental Setback is an area of regulated land that extends from a wetland or watercourse.  The area of setbacks depend on a variety of factors such as quality of habitat and stakeholder involvement.  A healthy woodland or riparian environment adjacent to water features is critical for maintaining water quality, controlling sedimentation and soil stabilization, and providing quality habitat.  These setbacks are often comprised of unique riparian vegetation that can survive in a variety of environmental conditions.  Without setbacks from watercourses, nutrients and sediment can easily enter the proximate water environment, which can be detrimental to protecting wetlands, lakes, and streams throughout the Township. Environmental setbacks also buffer against edge effects (adverse ecological change at the edge of habitats) and prevent habitat fragmentation.



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