New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1, 1970 to combine all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment into a single agency. The department has 24 divisions and offices and is further organized into bureaus to fulfill the functions and regulations established by Title 6 of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR).
DEC's Central Office is in Albany. Each of DEC's nine regions has an office that serves the communities within that region.