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Reference Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
DEC Regional Offices

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This data layer is active by default when you first access DECinfo Locator. It can be turned off by clicking the corresponding box under the Reference tab in the legend panel to the left of the map.
Link to regional office directory web page As needed
Counties This data layer is active by default when you first access DECinfo Locator. It can be turned off by clicking the corresponding box under the Reference tab in the legend panel to the left of the map.
County's area in square miles and its population, as of the 2010 Census
Census data will be updated as data become available
Adirondack Park Boundary Also called the "Blue Line," this boundary encompasses approximately 6 million acres of public and private lands, making it the largest park in the contiguous United States. More information about the Adirondack Forest Preserve. No additional information available As needed
Catskill Park Boundary Also called the "Blue Line," the boundary encompasses approximately 700,000 acres of public and private lands. More information about the Catskill Forest Preserve. No additional information available As needed

Environmental Quality Category

Please Note: You may see many icons from the Environmental Quality tab on your map, depending on the number of data layers you have activated. As with any urban area in New York State, there are a great many municipal and industrial facilities permitted by DEC. Through the permitting process, DEC monitors these facilities to help protect the environment and human health.

Permits and Registrations Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) (and MS4 Extended) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) are “urbanized areas,” as defined by the Census Bureau and as designated by DEC. The MS4 Extended Boundaries layer represents the total area in which Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) 4 and 5, which includes Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control and the Post Construction Stormwater Management, must be implemented. The MS4 General Permit extends the stormwater management requirements for these MCMs to the municipal boundaries of each covered entity. Permit number and links to additional information Every 5 years
Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) These facilities have a 6 NYCRR PART 373 permit to receive hazardous waste for treatment, storage, or disposal and are usually referred to as TSDFs.
Facility name, address, and link to more information As needed
Air State Facility Permits (ASF)

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State Facility Permits are issued to facilities considered to be mid-sized. They have lower potential emissions, fewer permit requirements than Title V facilities, and they meet the criteria of Subpart 201-5. Issued permit Daily
Air Title V Permits (ATV)

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Title V Permits are issued to facilities that are major sources of air emissions.
These facilities are usually considered to be the largest in the state and meet the criteria of Subpart 201-6.
Issued permit and
permit review report
Daily
Hazardous Waste Reduction Planning Program Generators

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Facilities that release hazardous wastes and toxic substances into the environment must reduce, to the maximum extent possible, the volume or quantity and toxicity of waste. Facilities that generate 25 tons or more of certain hazardous wastes per calendar year are subject to the law and must submit a hazardous waste reduction plan update annually. Facility name, type, EPA ID, and link to more information Annually
Wastewater Facilities (SPDES)

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New York’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) program is designed to eliminate the pollution of New York waters and to maintain New York’s waters with reasonable purity standards and the highest quality of water possible - consistent with: public health, public enjoyment of the resource, protection and propagation of fish and wildlife, and industrial development in the state. Permit for individual facilities Daily
Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP)

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Point source stormwater discharges from certain industrial activities to navigable waters are unlawful unless they are authorized by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit or by a state permit program. Facilities must be issued an individual New York’s State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit, obtain coverage under the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (MSGP), or provide certification to DEC that industrial activities are not exposed to stormwater. This layer contains data for MSGP facilities. Basic details about facility and links to more information Quarterly
Petroleum Bulk Storage Facilities

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The Petroleum Bulk Storage program applies to properties which have, except for tank systems that are specifically exempted:
• One or more tank systems that are designed to store a combined capacity of more than 1,100 gallons or more of petroleum in aboveground and/or underground storage tanks; or
• One or more underground tank systems that are designed to store 110 or more gallons of petroleum.
Any such facilities must register all tank systems with DEC and must be managed in compliance with applicable regulations for the storage of petroleum.
DEC database record for individual facilities Daily
Chemical Bulk Storage Facilities

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The Chemical Bulk Storage program applies to properties that store a hazardous substance in:
• An aboveground storage tank larger than 185 gallons;
• Any size underground storage tank; or
• In a container that can store 1,000 kg or more for a period of 90 consecutive days or more.
All regulated tanks at facilities must be registered with DEC and managed in compliance with applicable regulations for the storage and handling of hazardous substances.
DEC database record for individual facility Daily
Major Oil Storage Facilities

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The MOSF program applies to facilities that store a total of 400,000 gallons or more of petroleum in aboveground and underground storage tanks. Facilities must be licensed by DEC and managed in compliance with applicable regulations for the storage and handling of petroleum. DEC database record for individual facility Daily
Permitted and Reclaimed Mines

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There are approximately 1,860 permitted mining operations in New York State that mine commodities including sand & gravel, construction aggregate, gem minerals, salt, metal ore and other materials. DEC permitted mines have approved mining and reclamation plans that specify how mining will take place and how the affected land will be returned to a productive use. Since the enactment in 1975 of the Mined Land Reclamation Law, approximately 4,800 mines have received mined land reclamation permits and more than 3,000 mines have been approved as reclaimed by DEC. Most of the reclaimed mines were reclaimed by the permittee/mine operator in accordance with the reclamation plan. Today, sites that were once permitted to mine are used as farms, wetlands, wildlife habitats, residential developments and public recreation areas.

Mine locations have generally been scaled from USGS 7 ½-minute topographic maps provided by the applicant. The location may be either the approximate centroid of the mine or the point where the mine access road enters the public road. This data has not been field-verified but is expected to be within 100 meters (326 feet) of the actual mine, except for older reclaimed mines.
Mine database record for individual site Daily
Oil, Gas and other Regulated Wells

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DEC regulates the following well types:
• All oil, gas and solution salt mining wells regardless of depth;
• All wells associated with underground storage of hydrocarbons in caverns or reservoirs; and
• Stratigraphic, geothermal and brine disposal wells greater than 500 feet in depth.
DEC well location information is derived from many sources, including historic maps and paper records that pre-date the existence of a regulatory framework in New York. As such, many locations should be considered “approximate” and are generally expected to be within 100 meters (326 feet) of the coordinates listed. Well locations that have been verified with GPS are expected to be within 15 meters (50 feet) of the coordinates listed. Plugged wells may not have a visible surface expression. The same may be true for some pre-regulatory wells that were abandoned by the operator.

The dataset reflects the status of more than 42,000 wells in the Oil and Gas Wells database as of the previous business day. Wells currently afforded a confidential status in accordance with the ECL are included, but all confidential data is redacted.
DEC database record for individual well Daily
Dams

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The functions of the DEC Dam Safety Section include: safety inspection of dams; technical review of proposed dam construction or modification; monitoring of remedial work for compliance with dam safety criteria; and emergency preparedness.

This layer represents data associated with Dams located in NYS from DEC’s regulatory program data.
NY Dam Inventory data Annually
Projects of Interest

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This data layer provides locations and details about select permit applications that have received a lot of public attention. Variable, depending on the project As needed, usually quarterly

 

Environmental Cleanup Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Remediation Parcels
Boundary of a cleanup site.
Boundary and DEC database record for individual cleanup site  Daily
Remediation Sites

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DEC's mission to promote and regulate environmental cleanup and safe brownfield redevelopment is accomplished through programs of the Division of Environmental Remediation DEC database record for individual cleanup site and documents when available Daily

 

Environmental Monitoring Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Waterbody Inventory/Priorities Waterbody List (Shorelines, Rivers and Streams, Lakes and Reservoirs) The Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) compiles waterbody assessment information for all lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries and coastlines in the state. The WI/PWL Fact Sheets outline the most recent assessment of best uses, identification of water quality problems and sources, and a summary of activities to restore and protect each waterbody. Fact Sheet Quarterly
Air Quality Monitoring Sites

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Air quality monitoring sites measure for criteria air pollutants and other public health-related contaminants. An Air Quality Index meter shows general air quality. Not all sites provide the same data. Site-specific air quality data Measurements taken continuously.
Site information will be updated as needed.
Aquatic Biological Monitoring Reports

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DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit has conducted biological monitoring (or biomonitoring) since 1972 to assess the water quality of the State's rivers and streams. Biological monitoring provides information on the health of an ecosystem based on which organisms live in a waterbody. The types and numbers of organisms collected from polluted water differ from those collected in clean water, helping DEC determine "how clean" (level of water quality) the water is and to detect water quality changes over time. Fact Sheet Annually
Aquatic Toxicity Monitoring

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As part of the Rotating Integrated Basin Studies (RIBS) program, the Toxicity Testing Unit (TTU) uses various bioassays to look for toxicity in surface waters and aquatic sediments. Tests on ambient surface waters are conducted using the "water flea" Ceriodaphnia dubia (a crustacean), where impacts to survival and reproduction are monitored to identify potential toxic effects. Collected sediments are also analyzed using Microtox®. This toxicity testing system uses the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri to screen bottom sediments and porewaters. A reduction in bioluminescence is interpreted as a toxic effect. Toxicity data Annually

 

Public Involvement Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Potential Environmental Justice Area Environmental Justice concerns are included DEC's environmental permit review process and application of the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Boundary and statistics As new areas are proposed
Environmental Justice (OEJ) Grants

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DEC offers competitive grants to support and empower communities as they develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental issues, harms, and health hazards, build community consensus, set priorities, and improve public outreach and education. Details of corresponding grant award Annually
Environmental Excellence Award Winners

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Awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy and serving as models of excellence. Case studies and/or press release, when available, and basic information about the award Annually
Climate Smart Communities

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Registered communities that made a commitment to act by passing the CSC pledge. Certified communities have gone beyond the CSC pledge by completing and documenting actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level. Boundary and link to more information As needed
Climate Smart Communities Grants

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The Climate Smart Communities grant program was established in 2016 to provide 50/50 matching grants to cities, towns, villages, counties and boroughs for eligible climate adaptation and mitigation projects. Benefits include leadership recognition, free technical assistance, and access to grants General information about the grant award Quarterly
Zero Emissions Vehicle Rebates

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The Municipal ZEV Clean Vehicle (CV) Rebate Program provides rebates to cities, towns, villages and counties (including New York City boroughs) to purchase or lease (for at least 36 months) new clean vehicles for fleet use. Vehicles must be purchased or leased on or after May 1, 2018, from a dealership located within New York State. The vehicles must be placed into municipal service by July 26, 2019. General information about the rebate award Annually
Charging Stations Rebates

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This layer shows the names and locations of communities that have been awarded competitive Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure Grants. The grant funds were provided for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations for plug-in hybrids and all-battery electric vehicles. Each charging stations, mostly Level II stations, has two charge ports and is easily accessible and available to the public. General information about the rebate award Annually

 

Environmentally Sensitive Areas Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Critical Environmental Areas (CEA) To be designated a CEA, an area must have exceptional or unique characteristics with respect to human health, agriculture, culture, history, archaeology, recreation, education, or it must have inherent ecological, geological or hydrological sensitivity to change. Local agencies may designate specific geographic areas within their boundaries as CEAs. State agencies may also designate geographic areas they own, manage or regulate. Following designation, the potential impact of any Type I or Unlisted Action on the environmental characteristics of the CEA must be evaluated during the SEQR process. Boundary Quarterly, or as needed
Regulatory Tidal Wetlands Tidal wetlands in New York State are found on the Hudson River from the Troy Dam south to the southern tip of Staten Island, and along the entire shoreline of Long Island, including the shorelines of Gardiners Island, Shelter Island and Fishers Island. Tidal wetland trend report As needed

 

Legal Information Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Permit and Enforcement Hearings

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This layer provides information concerning cases on the Office of Hearings docket including case status and outcomes. Links to the Office of Hearings public docket and, in some cases, Decisions and Orders by the Commissioner, as well as Administrative Law Judge hearing reports, are provided. Cases referred from 2017 to the present are included, though older cases and documents will be added in future iterations of DECinfo Locator. Case overview and Decision Quarterly
Orders on Consent

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Enforcement Consent Orders principally are aimed at gaining compliance and deterring and punishing violators. Consent Orders from January to April of 2019 are available now; additional orders will be added. Consent Order
Quarterly

 

Outdoor Activity Tab

Land-related Activities Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
DEC Lands This data layer consists of shaded polygons representing individual tracts of land that fall under management of the DEC. (State Parks, which fall under the management of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, are not included in this layer). State Land recreationalists are responsible for knowing the appropriate rules and regulations before entering these lands. Information is available from local DEC offices. Unit management plan (management objectives for the tract over a prescribed period of time) and link to that tract's web page As needed
Conservation Easements Conservation Easements are voluntary, legal agreements negotiated by the state with private property owners for the purpose of protecting water quality, wildlife habitat, sensitive ecosystems, wetlands, riparian areas, or scenic areas. Each Conservation Easement is different and allows for different uses. Conservation Easement land recreationalists are responsible for knowing the appropriate rules and regulations before entering these lands. Information is available from local DEC offices. Conservation Easement's management plan and a link to that easement's web page As needed
DEC Recreational Assets DEC maintains amenities on state land that are there to help the public access recreational areas. These include everything from visitor centers to fire towers. Assets that are accessible are denoted by icons that have blue outlines. Not applicable As needed
Wildlife Management Areas (WMA)

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There are more than 115 WMAs comprising nearly 197,000 acres statewide. Each WMA has its own allowable uses and features, with the primary goals of providing wildlife-related recreation and habitat for the reproduction and survival of wildlife. Link to WMA's web page and
Habitat Conservation Plans when available
Quarterly

 

Campgrounds Layer
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Campgrounds (Roads and trails, campsites, and amenities)

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DEC operates 52 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks that provide a variety of experiences, including island camping, tent and trailer camping, boat launches, hiking trails, beaches and day use areas with picnic tables and grills. Note that some campground boundaries might not represent the full extent of a campground's border, in cases where survey data has not been updated. Photos of individual campsites and amenities(when available) and a link to campground web page Quarterly

 

Trails Layer
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
DEC Trails While many trails on DEC-managed lands are suitable for varied uses, depending on the season and terrain, there are restrictions based on unit management plans for each tract type (Wildlife Management Area, Conservation Easement, Wild Forest, etc.). Name of trail and state land Monthly

 

Water-related Activities Layers
Layer Name Description Information Available Update Frequency
Shellfish Harvest Zones Clams, oysters, mussels and scallops may be taken only from areas designated by DEC as certified (or open) for the harvest of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops. No permit is required for recreational shellfish harvesting from state lands. Freshwater shellfish may only be taken or harvested with a license to collect or possess. Some local towns have additional restrictions on catch limits, size limits, season, type of gear and may require residency and additional permits. Please contact towns for more information. Link to harvest zone specifics Annually
Shellfish Closures (Including Temporary Shellfish Closures) New York State has a variety of shellfish available for harvest: hard clams or quahogs, blue mussels, razor clams, soft clams, oysters and bay scallops. Commercial and recreational shellfishing is subject to rules regarding harvest zones, catch limits and zone closures, both temporary and permanent, related to the quality of the water in those areas. Link to site-specific closure details As needed
Marine Access Sites

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DEC operates several waterway access sites on Long Island that offer opportunities for a variety of activities. Link to web page about waterway access site As needed
Boat Launches (Fish and Wildlife Mgmt)

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Hand launch and trailer launch sites administered by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife Basic information about the launch site and link to the appropriate county boat launch web page As needed
Public Fishing Right (PFR) Parking Areas

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DEC administers a network of PFR parking areas along trout streams in New York. This layer shows the locations of these parking areas with links to PDF maps of the actual PFR along the streams. Public Fishing Rights are permanent easements purchased by the DEC from willing landowners. They give anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33’ strip on one or both banks of the stream). This right is for the purpose of fishing only and no other purpose. Basic information about the site, including fish species present, and links to easement map PDF and fishing regulations web page As needed