Environmental Conservation, Department of

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Agency Web Site: https://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

DEC is headed by a commissioner, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. DEC’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. Working with DEC headquarters, 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 2021 Executive Budget recommends appropriations of $7.8 billion for the DEC. An increase of $6 billion in new appropriations is almost entirely attributable to the appropriations needed to implement the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce level of 3,162 FTEs for DEC.

Major budget actions include:

  • The launching of “Restore Mother Nature”, the nation's most aggressive program for significant habitat restoration and flood reduction, funded in part by a $3 billion environmental bond act. The program will reduce flood risk and revitalize critical fish and wildlife habitats by connecting streams and waterways, right-sizing culverts and dams, restoring freshwater and tidal wetlands, reclaiming natural floodplains, restocking shellfish populations, upgrading fish hatcheries, preserving open space, conserving forest areas, reducing contamination from agricultural and storm water runoff, and expanding renewable energy. Passage of the bond act is dependent on public approval at the general election held in November 2020.
  • A new $500 million appropriation to support additional investments in clean water projects throughout the State. This is the second installment of a commitment providing an additional $2.5 billion in support over five years for drinking water infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure, and water quality protection. This commitment doubles the State’s existing investment of $2.5 billion in reappropriated funds for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.
  • 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.
  • The continued investment of $55 million for the New York Works statewide capital infrastructure program. This funding will be used to improve access to State lands, rehabilitate campgrounds, and repair and rehabilitate dams, 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, 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

DEC manages a diverse array of programs and activities which 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; developing programs to empower agencies, organizations, and individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 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 2020
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2021
Change From
FY 2020
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2021
State Operations 459,738,000 464,717,000 4,979,000 361,624,000
Aid To Localities 825,000 0 (825,000) 15,514,000
Capital Projects 1,298,450,000 7,304,350,000 6,005,900,000 6,449,499,000
Total 1,759,013,000 7,769,067,000 6,010,054,000 6,826,637,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2020
Estimated FTEs
03/31/20
FY 2021
Estimated FTEs
03/31/21
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 122 125 3
Special Revenue Funds - Other 109 109 0
Air and Water Quality Management
General Fund 174 188 14
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 131 131 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 241 241 0
Environmental Enforcement
General Fund 348 364 16
Special Revenue Funds - Other 124 124 0
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
General Fund 104 117 13
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 54 54 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 255 255 0
Capital Projects Funds - Federal 1 1 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 8 8 0
Forest and Land Resources
General Fund 291 292 1
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 4 4 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 97 97 0
Operations
General Fund 135 135 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 38 38 0
Rehabilitation and Improvement
Capital Projects Funds - Other 355 355 0
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
General Fund 12 12 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 53 53 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 225 225 0
Capital Projects Funds - Federal 4 4 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 230 230 0
Total 3,115 3,162 47

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
General Fund 129,873,000 136,447,000 6,574,000
Internal Service Funds 95,000 95,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 81,198,000 81,198,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 248,572,000 246,977,000 (1,595,000)
Total 459,738,000 464,717,000 4,979,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
Administration
General Fund 11,766,000 12,979,000 1,213,000
Internal Service Funds 95,000 95,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 17,658,000 17,228,000 (430,000)
Air and Water Quality Management
General Fund 16,914,000 17,703,000 789,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 40,898,000 40,898,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 55,333,000 55,974,000 641,000
Environmental Enforcement
General Fund 40,378,000 43,342,000 2,964,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 29,912,000 29,829,000 (83,000)
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
General Fund 12,991,000 13,991,000 1,000,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 28,000,000 28,000,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 43,233,000 42,475,000 (758,000)
Forest and Land Resources
General Fund 28,157,000 28,582,000 425,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 5,000,000 5,000,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 32,125,000 32,592,000 467,000
Operations
General Fund 17,798,000 17,941,000 143,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 14,670,000 14,273,000 (397,000)
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
General Fund 1,869,000 1,909,000 40,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 7,300,000 7,300,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 55,641,000 54,606,000 (1,035,000)
Total 459,738,000 464,717,000 4,979,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 11,521,000 1,213,000 11,209,000 1,206,000
Air and Water Quality Management 15,828,000 659,000 15,683,000 654,000
Environmental Enforcement 41,701,000 2,964,000 35,648,000 2,787,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 7,266,000 1,000,000 6,757,000 988,000
Forest and Land Resources 25,904,000 425,000 24,058,000 372,000
Operations 9,842,000 143,000 9,232,000 128,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 1,296,000 40,000 1,117,000 35,000
Total 113,358,000 6,444,000 103,704,000 6,170,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 254,000 5,000 58,000 2,000
Air and Water Quality Management 71,000 2,000 74,000 3,000
Environmental Enforcement 445,000 11,000 5,608,000 169,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 443,000 9,000 66,000 3,000
Forest and Land Resources 215,000 5,000 1,631,000 48,000
Operations 423,000 9,000 187,000 6,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 166,000 4,000 13,000 1,000
Total 2,017,000 45,000 7,637,000 232,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 1,458,000 0 300,000 0
Air and Water Quality Management 1,875,000 130,000 540,000 65,000
Environmental Enforcement 1,641,000 0 377,000 0
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 6,725,000 0 1,003,000 0
Forest and Land Resources 2,678,000 0 540,000 0
Operations 8,099,000 0 3,574,000 0
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 613,000 0 102,000 0
Total 23,089,000 130,000 6,436,000 65,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 89,000 0 990,000 0
Air and Water Quality Management 109,000 0 1,152,000 65,000
Environmental Enforcement 51,000 0 1,169,000 0
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 61,000 0 5,599,000 0
Forest and Land Resources 149,000 0 1,913,000 0
Operations 289,000 0 3,139,000 0
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 21,000 0 485,000 0
Total 769,000 0 14,447,000 65,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Administration 79,000 0
Air and Water Quality Management 74,000 0
Environmental Enforcement 44,000 0
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 62,000 0
Forest and Land Resources 76,000 0
Operations 1,097,000 0
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 5,000 0
Total 1,437,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 17,323,000 (430,000) 9,079,000 (486,000)
Air and Water Quality Management 96,872,000 641,000 42,536,000 602,502
Environmental Enforcement 29,829,000 (83,000) 13,228,000 (475,000)
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 70,475,000 (758,000) 29,712,000 62,000
Forest and Land Resources 37,592,000 467,000 18,009,000 346,000
Operations 14,273,000 (397,000) 2,950,000 (172,000)
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 61,906,000 (1,035,000) 26,935,000 (440,000)
Total 328,270,000 (1,595,000) 142,449,000 (562,498)
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2021 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Administration 8,244,000 56,000
Air and Water Quality Management 54,336,000 38,498
Environmental Enforcement 16,601,000 392,000
Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 40,763,000 (820,000)
Forest and Land Resources 19,583,000 121,000
Operations 11,323,000 (225,000)
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 34,971,000 (595,000)
Total 185,821,000 (1,032,502)

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
General Fund 825,000 0 (825,000)
Total 825,000 0 (825,000)

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change
Administration
General Fund 825,000 0 (825,000)
Total 825,000 0 (825,000)

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2020
Recommended
FY 2021
Change Reappropriations
FY 2021
Administration
Capital Projects Fund 24,700,000 24,700,000 0 31,776,000
DEC Capital Gifts 0 1,000,000 1,000,000 0
Air Quality - Clean Water/Clean Air 96
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 27,417,000
Air Resources
Clean Air Fund 0 0 0 97,000
Air Resources - EQBA
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 6,665,000
Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Fund
Clean Water - Clean Air Bond Fund 0 0 0 109,525,000
Environment and Recreation
Environmental Protection Fund 300,000,000 300,000,000 0 1,189,526,000
Environmental Protection and Enhancements
Environmental Protection Fund 0 0 0 4,118,000
Environmental Quality Bond Act Fund
Environmental Quality Bond Act Fund - 1986 0 0 0 45,951,000
Environmental Quality Protection Bond Fund
Environmental Quality Protection Bond Fund 0 0 0 18,979,000
Environmental Restoration - Clean Water/Clean Air 96
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 21,595,000
Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Capital Projects Fund 6,000,000 6,000,000 0 4,776,000
Fish and Wildlife
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 5,048,000
Hudson River Habitat Restor. Fund 0 0 0 351,000
Habitat Conserv & Access 1,500,000 1,500,000 0 1,094,000
Lands and Forests
Capital Projects Fund 5,000,000 5,000,000 0 43,092,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 28,621,000
Forest Preserve Expansion Fund 0 0 0 110,000
Marine Resources
Federal Capital Projects Fund 10,000,000 10,000,000 0 18,754,000
New York Works
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 55,250,000 55,250,000 0 187,716,000
Operations
Capital Projects Fund 19,000,000 26,000,000 7,000,000 51,320,000
Natural Resource Damages Fund 0 0 0 33,517,000
Financial Security Fund 0 0 0 10,359,000
Pure Waters Bond Fund
Pure Waters Bond Fund 0 0 0 20,568,000
Recreation
Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 1,450,000
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 0 0 0 3,168,000
Restore Mother Nature
Capital Projects Fund - Restore Mother Nature (Bondable 0 3,000,000,000 3,000,000,000 0
Restore Mother Nature Bond Act
Restore Mother Nature Bond Fund 0 3,000,000,000 3,000,000,000 0
Solid Waste - Clean Water/Clean Air 96
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 36,000
Solid Waste Management
Capital Projects Fund 4,000,000 4,000,000 0 8,178,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 0 0 0 59,979,000
NY Env Protection and Spill Remediation 21,200,000 21,200,000 0 21,196,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Capital Projects Fund - Advances 20,000,000 20,000,000 0 57,939,000
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 0 0 0 2,975,000
Hazardous Waste Remedial Fund 9,100,000 6,000,000 (3,100,000) 92,993,000
Hazardous Waste Remedial Fund - Authority Bonds 100,000,000 100,000,000 0 274,831,000
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management - EQBA 86
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA 86 (Bondable) 0 0 0 38,475,000
Water Resources
Capital Projects Fund 7,200,000 8,200,000 1,000,000 30,122,000
Capital Projects Fund - Advances 5,500,000 5,500,000 0 29,972,000
Cap Proj Fund - State Revolving Fund (Auth Bonds) 35,000,000 35,000,000 0 118,789,000
Cap Proj Fund - DEC Regular (Auth Bonds) 500,000,000 500,000,000 0 3,196,543,000
Federal Capital Projects Fund 175,000,000 175,000,000 0 593,942,000
Federal Stimulus 0 0 0 2,436,000
Water Resources - Clean Water/Clean Air
Capital Projects Fund - 1996 CWA (Bondable) 0 0 0 47,111,000
Water Resources - EQBA
Capital Projects Fund - EQBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 2,350,000
Water Resources - PWBA
Capital Projects Fund - PWBA (Bondable) 0 0 0 6,039,000
Total 1,298,450,000 7,304,350,000 6,005,900,000 6,449,499,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/29/2020

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