DEC Info and Links
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION Mission:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1,1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment.
Mission: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being."
DEC's goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.
DEC Regional Office Directory
Photo Gallery of Green and Blue-green Algae
The water conditions in Butterfield lake are right for an algae bloom this summer. If you spot something that looks like any of these pictures, please bring it to the attention of one of the board members or call Walter Dutcher at 585-224-5581. Individual cyanobacteria cells and green algae cannot be seen with the unaided eye. However, under certain conditions they can cluster together and form visible colonies called algae blooms.
Common Aquatic Invasive Species of NY
The following link contains some of the more common aquatic invasive species found in New York, the areas of the state they currently inhabit, and the control strategy recommended to ensure that they are not spread to new waters via boating and fishing equipment.
Nuisance & Invasive Species
While people usually enjoy having wildlife around, problems sometimes arise when the activities of people and wildlife clash.
Your guide to outdoor fun in New York
DEC has environmental education programs and resources that will help everyone become a better steward of the environment.
Permits and Licenses
Have you ever wondered why you need a license to do some of your favorite outdoor activities? Fishing and hunting, as well as other outdoor sports and recreation, require careful management to strike a balance between supply and demand.
Lands and Waters
Today New York has more forest than it has had in the past 150 years. New York's forests serve as an important economic and recreational resource. Preserving and protecting our forests benefits local communities and industries, and the state as a whole.
Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life
One of DEC's main responsibilities is to manage and protect New York State's wild animal and plant populations. To do this, DEC conserves crucial habitats and sets regulations and policies that protect plant and animal resources.
The Department is concerned with the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New York and the conservation and protection of its natural resources. Water stored behind a dam represents potential energy which can create a hazard to life and property located downstream of a dam. In order for a dam to safely fulfill its intended function, it must be constructed, operated and maintained properly.
News & Events 7/9/2017
Butterfield Lake water caution
A cottage owner has gotten quite sick - possibly from the lake water. He has been hospitalized with respiratory problems since late last week. Here is an update from him and a cautionary message in his own words:
From the cottage owner:
Update – Dr. was just in. They are now convinced I have an unknown infection.Read More Read ALL
NYSFOLA News 6/23/2015
Thanks , Brad.
Thanks , Brad.Photos of New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA)He got the Blue Heron Award...although I'm not sure he (the fish) really wanted it. — at The Crossings....Read More