The data set consists of boundaries of Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats as identified by NYS Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources. The areas involved are all limited to the perimeter waters of NY State. These include Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Hudson River (to the Troy Dam), and marine waters around NYC and Long Island.
To satisfy requirements of article 42 Executive Law and implementing regulations found at 19NYCRR602 which describes the identification, assessment and designations of significant coastal fish and wildlife habitats under the State's Coastal Management Program.
Original data was hand-drawn over DOT topographic quadrangle sections and filed with local governments. Each identified habitat has an accompanying text narrative describing the living resources values leading to designation as a significant coastal habitat: these narratives are not included as part of this data set. For information on the significant coastal fish and wildlife habitats documentation contact Gregory L. Capobianco at Department of State at the address noted below or at . Digital data set (version 1.1) was previewed by NYS DEC Habitat Inventory Unit and subsequently corrected as per their recommendations. This is version 1.2 of the significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats.
Polygons on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) do not have the same
density of vertices as found in the remainder of the coverage based on the
original draft digitizing done for these polygons - these are identified in the habitat name field with capital letters. Polygons in the eastern (Peconics) and northern (Long Island Sound) sections of Long Island are expected to be updated in summer of 1999. Scale: 1:24000