Public Involvement and News
You have a role in protecting the state's environment. If you want to take action, keep informed or let us know your opinion, use the links on this page.
Have a Question?
The Contact Us page will help you know who to contact.
Make Your Voice Heard
Public programs work best when the public understands their purpose and function and when we have the benefit of your feedback. Visit the Citizen Participation page to learn about opportunities for public input.
Make a difference by volunteering or
deciding to live in a more sustainable
Make a Difference
- Our Make A Difference page has tips on living in a more sustainable way.
- Interested in volunteering? There are many volunteer opportunities with DEC depending on your interests and abilities.
- Want to work for DEC? Visit the Employment page
Find Out What's Happening
- The Events Calendar has listings and descriptions of all of DEC's public meetings,hearings and events across the state.
- The News page will keep you up to date on DEC's initiatives, new regulations, top issues, public safety alerts and more.
DEC has several social media accounts where you can learn the latest information. We welcome you to engage with us through your feedback and comments. Connect with us on:
Public Access to DEC Documents and Other Information
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
Citizens may receive DEC records upon request. If a document cannot be released through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), an explanation will be provided.
For more information on how to file a FOIL request or to see the archive of DEC's FOIL appeal determinations see the "Freedom of Information Law" link on the left. Also linked from the FOIL page is a full electronic archive of DEC's FOIL appeal determinations since 2004.
Assistance From DEC
Get a grant to hold a household hazardous
waste collection, start a recycling program,
get rid of invasive species or other projects.
- Grants - for projects that improve the environment to municipalities, community organizations, not-for-profit organizations and others.
- Programs for Businesses - Help For Businesses (includes Greening Your Business), New York Environmental Leaders and Environmental Management System.
- Programs for Schools - Resources for schools, teacher and students. See the Education page.
- Programs for Property Owners - Help with managing and protecting your woodlands, planting trees along Hudson River tributaries, protecting and enhancing important grassland habitats, bog turtle habitat protection.
How to Find Your Local DEC Office
In addition to the Central Office in Albany, DEC has nine regional offices that provide information and assistance to residents of the counties within each region. Use the links below to get the address and contact information for your DEC regional office, or contact DEC's Bureau of Public Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-402-8044.
Region 1 (Long Island): Nassau and Suffolk counties
Region 2 (New York City): Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
Region 3 (Lower Hudson Valley): Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties
Region 4 (Capital Region/Northern Catskills): Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties
Region 5 (Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain): Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties
Region 6 (Western Adirondacks/Eastern Lake Ontario): Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties
Region 7 (Central New York): Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins counties
Region 8 (Western Finger Lakes): Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties
Region 9 (Western New York): Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties
More about Public Involvement and News:
- Events Calendar - Online calendar of events, workshops, hearings, and meetings open to the public and sponsored by DEC.
- Make a Difference - Quick tips and advice on environment-friendly living.
- News - Press releases, public safety alerts,awards,online newsletters and the Environmental Notice Bulletin.
- Earth Day - Earth Day is April 22 but there are things that we can do everyday to help the environment.
- Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) - How to request information from NYSDEC under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
- Citizen Participation - Opportunities to provide input on proposed regulations,view permit applications,learn about hearings and important meetings and to become involved in the State Environmental Quality Review.
- Environmental Justice - The Environmental Justice Program focuses on improving the environment in communities, specifically minority and low-income communities, and addressing disproportionate adverse environmental impacts that may exist in those communities.
- Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) - Publishes weekly on Wednesdays