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Significant Environmental Areas Management Appeals Board (SEAMAB)


The Town of Colonie is blessed with many miles of rivers and streams, which provide important benefits to every resident. Watercourse areas provide much of the water we drink, provide natural storm water management and flood control and provide a variety of economic, recreational and aesthetic benefits. In spite of these values, watercourse areas are not always accorded the care, which allows them to function properly. Many have been needlessly polluted, unwisely dammed or insensitively channelized, thereby reducing their capability to satisfy diverse human, environmental and community needs. It is the Town’s goal to encourage pro-active planning and development of the natural and man-made watercourses and adjacent lands in the Town of Colonie in ways that will restore, protect, develop and enhance their benefits.


Only those watercourse areas that are delineated on the adopted Town of Colonie map entitled “Town of Colonie Protected Watercourse Areas” shall apply. The watercourse area is generally defined as 100 feet either side of the centerline of a watercourse channel.

Watercourse Map