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Mark Klotz, Director
Tom Cullen, Assistant Director

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Welcome to the Division of Water webpage! The Division conducts a variety of programs to protect and conserve New York's waters. On this page you will find information about the Division's programs and recent activities.

What's New in the Division of Water?

The Division of Water uses this page to highlight water-related information that we think may interest you. This page is updated weekly and topics are typically posted here for about 30 days. If a topic has a specific end date (such as a public comment period or an event), the description is removed after the end date.

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

New waterbodies with harmful algal blooms have been added June 15 to DEC's Harmful Algal Blooms Notifications webpage.

This week, 4 waterbodies were added to the notification list. There are currently 18 waterbodies with blooms on the list.

Know it. Avoid it. Report it.

Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scum and discolored water.

If you suspect you have seen a HAB, or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please follow the instructions for reporting a bloom to DEC.

Consolidated Funding Application Grant Workshops

Multiple workshops on the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program, Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) and other funding programs offered through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) are being held around the state. The next workshops are scheduled for June 18 in Stony Brook, June 19 in New York City and June 20 in Auburn. Links to the workshops schedule and pages with more information about the individual workshops are in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section on the right side of this page.

Applications for WQIP and EPG are accepted through the CFA (an offsite link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website section on the right side of this page) until 4:00 PM on July 27, 2018.

New Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced the release of the Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper, a new online, interactive tool to help identify important natural features, water resources, and recreation areas in the Hudson River estuary watershed. The mapper will help land-use decision-makers identify and conserve priority lands and waters that benefit people and contribute to the health of the estuary.

A webinar about the tool will be held on July 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (an offsite link to register is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website section on the right side of this page).

DEC Releases Report on Pharmaceutical Stewardship

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of the agency's report on pharmaceutical stewardship developed in consultation with the New York State Department of Health. Flushed medications have been found in New York lakes, rivers and streams and can negatively affect the waterways. There is also a significant health risk associated with the abuse of prescription drugs that remain in the home. The report identifies the need for an accessible, no-cost statewide program for consumers to safely dispose of waste pharmaceuticals. The report is available on DEC's Drugs in New York's Waters webpage.

Check out DEC's Swimming Webpage

Swimming season is here and there are many places to swim in New York State. DEC encourages you to have fun, but also to be aware of possible hazards.

DEC's swimming webpage has links to places to swim, information about possible hazards and ways to reduce risk, and links to resources to help you make informed decisions (including information about sewage pollution and harmful algal blooms).

Hudson River Estuary Local Stewardship Planning Grants

Approximately $350,000 is now available for Local Stewardship Planning through the Hudson River Estuary Program. The competitive grants will help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed increase resiliency to flooding, protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance natural resources. Applications are due by 3:00 PM on July 11, 2018 through the NYS Grants Gateway (an offsite link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section on the right side of this page).

Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced approximately $4.5 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant funding is available to support communities across New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxins. Funded projects include targeted research, community gardens, tree plantings, education and curriculum development, urban farming training, habitat restoration, as well as water and air quality monitoring. Applications are due July 9, 2018 through the Grants Gateway (an offsite link to the Grants Gateway is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section on the right side of this page).

Division Webpages

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The Division of Water's webpages fall mainly into one of the two following locations:

  • Water Pollution Control - Information, guidance material and forms about the programs the Division of Water administers to control sources of water pollution.
  • Lands and Waters - Water resource information is divided into the following categories:
    • Watersheds, Lakes Rivers: Information on NYS watersheds and other water bodies
    • Oceans & Estuaries: NYS marine and estuary resource information
    • Groundwater: Aquifer and groundwater information & resources
    • Dam Safety, Coastal & Flood Protection: Program information related to flood protection, floodplain development, dam safety, and coastal management
    • Water Supply & Reclamation: Information on protecting New York's public water supplies and drought information

Division's Mission

The Mission of the Division of Water is to protect and conserve the water resources of New York State. This mission is accomplished through a wide range of programs and activities. Some of these are statewide in their scope and apply to all parts of the state. Other efforts are targeted to address water quality and quantity issues in specific regions of the state, focusing on waterbodies or watersheds where these issues are of particular concern. Still other programs target specific contaminants (e.g., mercury) or sources (e.g., stormwater runoff) or impacts (e.g., acid rain) of pollution.


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