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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
The was created on July 1,1970 to combine, in a single agency, all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. DEC has jurisdiction or is an involved agency in a number of areas including:
  • Air and Water Pollution Control
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Natural Resource and Wildlife Management
  • State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
  • Pesticide management and regulation
  • Chemical and petroleum bulk storage
  • Some of the common permits issued by the Department are listed below:
    • Stormwater Discharge General Permits.
    • Freshwater Wetlands, Tidal Wetlands, Protection of Waters Permits
    • State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES): for wastewater discharges to surface and groundwater. Air Facility Permits for emissions to the air
    • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Permits
    • Water Supply Permits
DEC Regulations can be viewed at

For more information on DEC permits go to

The DEC Regional Office (Region 1): NYSDEC, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, New York 11790, 631-444-0350.

Fire Island is a unique community. We are a beach resort, yet we are within a national park. We have bustling towns, yet we have long stretches of uninhabited wetlands and beaches. We necessarily interact with a number of regulatory agencies at the federal, state, and county level in order to obtain relevant information and permits.

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