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Environmental Conservation, Department of

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

Mission

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.

Organization and Staffing

The Department is headed by a Commissioner, appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation. The Department’s Central Office is in Albany, with regional offices in Avon, Buffalo, Long Island City, New Paltz, Ray Brook, Schenectady, Stony Brook, Syracuse, and Watertown. Consistent with policy and management direction from the Central Office, regional offices review and issue environmental permits for activities regulated by the Department, such as the operation of landfills and sewage treatment plants, and ensure compliance with State and Federal environmental statutes.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends appropriations of $1.2 billion for the Department. A decrease of $2.6 billion in new appropriations is attributable primarily to one time funding for the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, which will continue in the FY 2019 Executive Budget as a reappropriation.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce level of 2,945 FTEs for the Department, the same level as FY 2018.

Major budget actions include:

  • $2.5 billion in reappropriated funds for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. This program will continue to finance drinking water infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure, and source water protection to ensure clean water for all New Yorkers;
  • Appropriations of $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), which provides funding for critical environmental programs such as land acquisition, farmland protection, invasive species prevention and eradication, enhanced recreational access, water quality improvement, and environmental justice;
  • Investment of $40 million for the New York Works statewide capital infrastructure program. This funding will be used to improve access to State lands, rehabilitate campgrounds, and upgrade DEC recreational facilities. Funding will also 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:

Program Highlights

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) manages a diverse array of programs and activities. DEC’s functions are divided into the following programs: Administration; Air & Water Quality Management; Environmental Enforcement; Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources; Forest & Land; Operations; and Solid & Hazardous Waste Management.

To protect and improve environmental quality, DEC regulates hazardous waste and oversees the cleanup of hazardous waste sites; assists public and private parties in cleaning up contaminated "brownfield" properties; monitors air and water quality and implements air and water pollution control programs; regulates solid waste management; regulates the use of pesticides; oversees chemical and petroleum bulk storage and responds to chemical and oil spills; regulates water withdrawals; and enforces the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).

To conserve natural resources, DEC works to protect fish, wildlife, and marine resources; licenses and educates anglers, hunters, and trappers; promotes forestry; regulates and monitors the extraction of oil, natural gas, solution salt, and hard minerals; encourages the reduction, reuse, and recycling of solid waste; issues permits for various activities that affect the State's air, water, wetlands, mineral, and biological resources; and controls wildland fires.

In addition, DEC coordinates the State's efforts to respond to climate change by providing reliable scientific analysis to support climate policy decisions, and developing programs to empower agencies, organizations, and individuals to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to adapt to the effects of unavoidable global warming.

DEC partners with different State agencies, including the Environmental Facilities Corporation to coordinate low cost financing for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure; the Department of State for coastal management and brownfield opportunity area programs; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on recreational activities; and the Adirondack Park Agency to develop long-range land use plans for public lands within the boundary of the Park.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2018
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
Change From
FY 2018
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
State Operations 450,136,000 447,759,000 (2,377,000) 452,862,000
Aid To Localities 1,210,000 0 (1,210,000) 16,618,200
Capital Projects 3,434,400,000 796,400,000 (2,638,000,000) 6,034,130,000
Total 3,885,746,000 1,244,159,000 (2,641,587,000) 6,503,610,200

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2018
Estimated FTEs
03/31/18
FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 86 86 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 132 132 0
Air and Water Quality Management
General Fund 178 178 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 156 156 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 235 235 0
Environmental Enforcement
General Fund 248 308 60
Special Revenue Funds - Other 184 124 (60)
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
General Fund 49 49 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 64 64 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 249 249 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 8 8 0
Forest and Land Resources
General Fund 249 249 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 8 8 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 97 97 0
Operations
General Fund 114 114 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 44 44 0
Rehabilitation and Improvement
Capital Projects Funds - Other 290 290 0
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
General Fund 9 9 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 41 41 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 250 250 0
Capital Projects Funds - Federal 8 8 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 246 246 0
Total 2,945 2,945 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 119,343,000 124,438,000 5,095,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 81,198,000 81,198,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 249,500,000 242,028,000 (7,472,000)
Internal Service Funds 95,000 95,000 0
Total 450,136,000 447,759,000 (2,377,000)

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Administration
General Fund 8,728,000 10,355,000 1,627,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 16,679,000 17,728,000 1,049,000
Internal Service Funds 95,000 95,000 0
Air and Water Quality Management
General Fund 16,352,000 17,684,000 1,332,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 40,898,000 40,898,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 50,403,000 52,739,000 2,336,000
Environmental Enforcement
General Fund 32,082,000 40,404,000 8,322,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 37,415,000 24,315,000 (13,100,000)
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
General Fund 13,630,000 11,483,000 (2,147,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 28,000,000 28,000,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 41,051,000 42,500,000 1,449,000
Forest and Land Resources
General Fund 25,496,000 26,036,000 540,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 5,000,000 5,000,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 29,494,000 31,398,000 1,904,000
Operations
General Fund 21,267,000 16,655,000 (4,612,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 13,983,000 14,425,000 442,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
General Fund 1,788,000 1,821,000 33,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 7,300,000 7,300,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 60,475,000 58,923,000 (1,552,000)
Total 450,136,000 447,759,000 (2,377,000)

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 8,897,000 1,598,000 8,570,000 1,525,000
Air and Water Quality Management 15,939,000 1,300,000 15,804,000 1,291,000
Environmental Enforcement 38,903,000 8,305,000 33,109,000 5,981,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 4,758,000 235,000 3,995,000 139,000
Forest and Land Resources 23,358,000 488,000 21,557,000 372,000
Operations 8,556,000 (4,776,000) 7,329,000 (4,841,000)
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 1,208,000 19,000 1,039,000 10,000
Total 101,619,000 7,169,000 91,403,000 4,477,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 273,000 62,000 54,000 11,000
Air and Water Quality Management 67,000 4,000 68,000 5,000
Environmental Enforcement 513,000 431,000 5,281,000 1,893,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 703,000 84,000 60,000 12,000
Forest and Land Resources 265,000 14,000 1,536,000 102,000
Operations 1,052,000 53,000 175,000 12,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 158,000 8,000 11,000 1,000
Total 3,031,000 656,000 7,185,000 2,036,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 1,458,000 29,000 300,000 8,000
Air and Water Quality Management 1,745,000 32,000 475,000 9,000
Environmental Enforcement 1,501,000 17,000 377,000 7,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 6,725,000 (2,382,000) 1,003,000 22,000
Forest and Land Resources 2,678,000 52,000 540,000 11,000
Operations 8,099,000 164,000 3,574,000 83,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 613,000 14,000 102,000 2,000
Total 22,819,000 (2,074,000) 6,371,000 142,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 89,000 2,000 990,000 17,000
Air and Water Quality Management 109,000 2,000 1,087,000 19,000
Environmental Enforcement 51,000 1,000 1,029,000 8,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 61,000 1,000 5,599,000 (2,406,000)
Forest and Land Resources 149,000 3,000 1,913,000 36,000
Operations 289,000 5,000 3,139,000 57,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 21,000 1,000 485,000 10,000
Total 769,000 15,000 14,242,000 (2,259,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Administration 79,000 2,000
Air and Water Quality Management 74,000 2,000
Environmental Enforcement 44,000 1,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 62,000 1,000
Forest and Land Resources 76,000 2,000
Operations 1,097,000 19,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 5,000 1,000
Total 1,437,000 28,000

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 17,823,000 1,049,000 9,600,000 477,000
Air and Water Quality Management 93,637,000 2,336,000 40,921,000 906,000
Environmental Enforcement 24,315,000 (13,100,000) 10,733,000 (8,352,000)
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 70,500,000 1,449,000 30,048,000 488,000
Forest and Land Resources 36,398,000 1,904,000 17,171,000 874,000
Operations 14,425,000 442,000 3,019,000 118,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 66,223,000 (1,552,000) 28,881,000 880,000
Total 323,321,000 (7,472,000) 140,373,000 (4,609,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service Maintenance Undistributed
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 8,223,000 572,000 0 0
Air and Water Quality Management 50,616,000 1,430,000 2,100,000 0
Environmental Enforcement 13,582,000 (4,748,000) 0 0
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 40,452,000 961,000 0 0
Forest and Land Resources 19,227,000 1,030,000 0 0
Operations 11,406,000 324,000 0 0
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 37,342,000 (2,432,000) 0 0
Total 180,848,000 (2,863,000) 2,100,000 0

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 1,210,000 0 (1,210,000)
Total 1,210,000 0 (1,210,000)

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Administration
General Fund 1,210,000 0 (1,210,000)
Total 1,210,000 0 (1,210,000)

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change Reappropriations
FY 2019
Marine Resources
Federal Capital Projects Fund 5,000,000 0 (5,000,000) 18,657,000
Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Capital Projects Fund 6,000,000 6,000,000 0 4,545,000
Air Resources - EQBA
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 6,665,000
Environmental Quality Bond Act Fund
Environmental Quality Bond Act Fund - 1986 0 0 0 55,577,000
Water Resources - PWBA
Capital Projects Fund - PWBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 6,039,000
Solid Waste Management
Capital Projects Fund 500,000 4,500,000 4,000,000 1,820,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 30,000,000 30,000,000 46,879,000
NY Env Protection and Spill Remediation 21,200,000 21,200,000 0 18,763,000
Environmental Protection and Enhancements
Environmental Protection Fund 0 0 0 4,231,000
Environment and Recreation
Environmental Protection Fund 300,000,000 300,000,000 0 1,043,053,000
Fish and Wildlife
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 5,668,000
Hudson River Habitat Restor. Fund 0 0 0 351,000
Habitat Conserv & Access 1,500,000 1,500,000 0 1,420,000
Lands and Forests
Capital Projects Fund 5,000,000 5,000,000 0 40,134,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 10,000,000 10,000,000 0 18,621,000
Forest Preserve Expansion Fund 0 0 0 110,000
Water Resources - EQBA
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 2,350,000
Administration
Capital Projects Fund 500,000 17,000,000 16,500,000 10,202,000
Environmental Quality Protection Bond Fund
Environmental Quality Protection Bond Fund 0 0 0 23,500,000
Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Fund
Clean Water - Clean Air Bond Fund 0 0 0 118,940,000
New York Works
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 70,000,000 40,000,000 (30,000,000) 189,729,000
Pure Waters Bond Fund
Pure Waters Bond Fund 0 0 0 20,568,000
Recreation
Capital Projects Fund 500,000 0 (500,000) 2,285,000
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 0 0 0 3,168,000
Solid Waste Management - EQBA
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 4,231,000
Operations
Capital Projects Fund 17,000,000 18,000,000 1,000,000 50,904,000
Natural Resource Damages Fund 0 0 0 36,682,000
Financial Security Fund 5,000,000 0 (5,000,000) 10,767,000
Water Resources
Capital Projects Fund 5,700,000 7,700,000 2,000,000 28,766,000
Capital Projects Fund - Advances 3,500,000 3,500,000 0 23,288,000
Cap Proj Fund - State Revolving Fund (Auth Bonds) 35,000,000 35,000,000 0 113,489,000
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 2,651,000,000 0 (2,651,000,000) 2,988,000,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 175,000,000 175,000,000 0 567,444,000
Federal Stimulus 0 0 0 2,436,000
Air Quality - Clean Water/Clean Air 96
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 27,417,000
Water Resources - Clean Water/Clean Air
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 48,626,000
Solid Waste - Clean Water/Clean Air 96
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 811,000
Environmental Restoration - Clean Water/Clean Air 96
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 22,948,000
Clean Water - Clean Air Implementation
Clean Water Clean Air Implementation Fund 0 0 0 6,405,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management - EQBA 86
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA 86 (Bondable) 0 0 0 47,743,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Capital Projects Fund - Advances 16,000,000 16,000,000 0 36,807,000
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 0 0 0 6,440,000
Haz Waste Remedial Fund - Oversight & Assessment 6,000,000 6,000,000 0 91,145,000
Haz Waste Remedial Fund - Cleanup 100,000,000 100,000,000 0 276,506,000
Total 3,434,400,000 796,400,000 (2,638,000,000) 6,034,130,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018

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