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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION Mission:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1,1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment.
Mission: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being."
DEC's goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.

Site Links:

Outdoor Activities

Your guide to outdoor fun in New York
http://www.dec.ny.gov/62.html

Education

DEC has environmental education programs and resources that will help everyone become a better steward of the environment.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/26.html

 Permits and Licenses

Have you ever wondered why you need a license to do some of your favorite outdoor activities? Fishing and hunting, as well as other outdoor sports and recreation, require careful management to strike a balance between supply and demand.
 http://www.dec.ny.gov/63.html

Lands and Waters

Today New York has more forest than it has had in the past 150 years. New York's forests serve as an important economic and recreational resource. Preserving and protecting our forests benefits local communities and industries, and the state as a whole.
 http://www.dec.ny.gov/61.html

Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life

One of DEC's main responsibilities is to manage and protect New York State's wild animal and plant populations. To do this, DEC conserves crucial habitats and sets regulations and policies that protect plant and animal resources.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/23.html

Nuisance & Invasive Species

While people usually enjoy having wildlife around, problems sometimes arise when the activities of people and wildlife clash.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/265.html

Dam Saftey

The Department is concerned with the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New York and the conservation and protection of its natural resources. Water stored behind a dam represents potential energy which can create a hazard to life and property located downstream of a dam. In order for a dam to safely fulfill its intended function, it must be constructed, operated and maintained properly.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4991.html



 

Lake News JUL 26th

Columbia-Greene Lakes Coalition Meeting

Hudson Valley area lake associations don't miss the annual Columbia-Greene Lakes Association Meeting.  Special thanks to NYSFOLA Board member Terri Mayhew, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia & Greene Counties, for organizing this once again.

"Surveys, Drones, and Action Thresholds" - Brad Bowers, SOLitude Lake Management

"Moving Beyond Invasive Species Week" - Kristopher Williams, CAP-MO PRISM

NYSFOLA Reports

Lake Roundtable updates

Light breakfast fare and lunch will be provided

Where:  Sleepy Hollow Lake Lodge 102 Lisa Lane, Athens, NY

When:  Friday August 24th

Time:  9:30AM to 2:00PM

RSVP:  Theresa Mayhew tcm5@cornell.edu by August 21

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