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Projects and Activities in New York City

Waterfront Navigator: One-Stop Shop for NYC Waterfront Permits

An online one-stop shop permitting resource for projects on or near NYC's waterfront and wetlands. Includes comprehensive information, guidance, and tools for navigating the federal, state and local regulatory process of obtaining permits from start to finish. The Waterfront Navigator (link leaves DEC's website) will help applicants obtain permits, understand the requirements of each agency involved, and include the right application materials to ensure that permit reviews are not delayed.

NYC Industrial Waterfront Project

This 2-year project involves helping local businesses to identify and implement cost-effective strategies aimed at pollution prevention, toxics reduction, and climate adaptation. The main goal is to transform the South Bronx community and industrial waterfront to be sustainable and climate resilient. The NYC Industrial Waterfront Project is in partnership with the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, and US Environmental Protection Agency.

Freshwater Wetland, Tidal Wetland, and Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Maps available on New York City Dept of Buildings website

New York City's Department of Buildings (NYCDOB) has posted the maps for freshwater wetlands, tidal wetlands, and coastal erosion hazard areas (link leaves DEC's website) in the five boroughs of New York City [link goes off NYSDEC's website]. Permits from NYCDOB now require information and permits from NYSDEC for approval, and to help facilitate this, NYCDOB worked with NYSDEC to host these maps on their website.

Natural Resources and Coastal Permits for Work in New York City

Projects that are in or will affect streams, waterways, waterbodies, freshwater or tidal wetlands, coastal areas, threatened or endangered species , and sources of the water supply are subject to regulation by the NYSDEC. The Region 2 (NYC) Environmental Permits page strives to provide applicants with guidance and the documents needed for submitting permit applications for projects in Region 2: NYC.

NYC Environmental Education Program

Region 2's professional environmental education staff offers a number of environmental programs throughout New York City. The four over-arching programs are the After School Conservation Club (ASCC) program; the NYC Camps Diversity Program; strong professional development programs for educators; and providing public outreach and school programs on environmental topics. Visit the NYC EE Program page for more details and contact information.

NYC Environmental Remediation Projects

Looking for information about a cleanup site in your community? The NYC Environmental Remediation Projects page contains important information regarding select (mainly larger) remediation projects throughout NYC, including fact sheets on proposed remedial actions, records of decisions, document repositories, and other useful documents. If the site you are looking for is not listed on these pages, please refer to our Site Remedial Database Search for access to cleanup site and spill data in a searchable format.

NYC Saltwater Fishing Guide

DEC has published a complete saltwater fishing guide that has information on how to get started and where fishing access sites are available around the New York City area. It is in PDF format, separated into smaller files for easier downloading.

Jamaica Bay Borrow Pits Project

The Borrow Pit Restoration project is currently inactive.

Between 2000 and 2003 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) conducted a study of the potential for environmental restoration of underwater pits in Jamaica Bay using sediments dredged from the New York-New Jersey Harbor. To view the documents, visit the Jamaica Bay Borrow Pit Evaluation Project page.

Please see this Notice for NYC Residents (35 KB PDF) for more information.

More about Projects and Activities in New York City:

  • Regional Conservation Action Plan - ReCAP is a working document that provides direction and coordination between partnering entities to address environmental issues through the lens of multiple species, across several taxonomic groups, and the various habitats they use.
  • Spring Creek South - The Spring Creek South Storm Protection and Ecosystem Restoration project will reduce the risk of storm damage and flooding in the Howard Beach neighborhood.