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.
How DEC is Organized
DEC is headed by a commissioner, who is assisted by executive managers. 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). Some programs are also governed by federal law.
Central Office and Regional Offices
DEC’s Central Office is in Albany. Each of DEC’s nine regions has an office that serves the communities within that region. A total of approximately 3,000 DEC staff work in either the Central Office and the regional offices.