Environmental Conservation, Department of

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Agency Web Site: http://www.dec.ny.gov/Link to External Website


The mission of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is 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.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends total appropriations of $1.0 billion for the Department. This is an increase of $105 million from the 2013-14 budget. The increase primarily reflects minor re-estimates in state operations and the inclusion of $100 million for the continuation of the State Superfund program.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 2,917 FTEs for the Department in 2014-15, an increase of 1 FTE to support the new statewide E-licensing program.

Major budget actions include:

  • Create the New York Adventure License, a driver’s license that includes optional icons for all of an individual’s lifetime Hunting and Fishing license designations. Additionally, the Budget would increase the number of promotional hunting and fishing days, create a 7-day fishing license and a 3- and 5-year hunting and fishing license.
  • Extend the Brownfields program for 10 years, reform the Brownfields Cleanup tax credit program to rationalize eligibility for redevelopment credits, establish a liability relief only program and streamline the remediation process. In addition, the budget includes a new $100 million appropriation to continue the State Superfund program.
  • Making the pesticide product registration fee permanent to provide continued funding for analysis of pesticides and support the maintenance of the state pesticide database.
  • Appropriation of $157 million for the programs supported by the Environmental Protection Fund, an increase of $4 million resulting from the full annual enforcement provisions of the unclaimed deposit program. Appropriations include $14 million for solid waste programs, $58 million for parks and recreation and $85 million for open space programs.
  • Appropriation of $40 million in capital for the Department under the New York Works statewide capital infrastructure program. The DEC funding will be used for air monitoring infrastructure investments; remediating legacy environmental contamination; investing in needed information technology; and performing repairs and maintenance required to ensure the safety and viability of state infrastructure, including dams, state lands and fish hatcheries.

For more information on this agency's budget recommendations located in the Executive Budget Briefing Book, click on the following link:

Briefing Book – Environment and Energy (PDF)

Category Available
Change From
State Operations 452,050,000 456,333,000 4,283,000 609,790,100
Aid To Localities 2,604,000 1,676,000 (928,000) 6,636,413
Capital Projects 444,300,000 546,400,000 102,100,000 2,948,719,000
Total 898,954,000 1,004,409,000 105,455,000 3,565,145,513

Program 2013-14
Estimated FTEs
Estimated FTEs
FTE Change
General Fund 96 94 (2)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 128 129 1
Air and Water Quality Management
General Fund 165 162 (3)
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 176 176 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 253 249 (4)
Environmental Enforcement
General Fund 260 254 (6)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 161 174 13
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
General Fund 36 38 2
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 69 67 (2)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 265 260 (5)
Forest and Land Resources
General Fund 260 274 14
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 9 9 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 75 80 5
General Fund 239 232 (7)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 47 45 (2)
Rehabilitation and Improvement
Capital Projects Funds - Other 109 101 (8)
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
General Fund 13 7 (6)
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 46 46 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 238 254 16
Capital Projects Funds - Federal 6 7 1
Capital Projects Funds - Other 265 259 (6)
Total 2,916 2,917 1

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/20/2014

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