Protecting and Preserving Rockland's Environment
Local Law No. 19 of 1996 established the Division of Environmental Resources (DER). The DER is located within Rockland County government and serves as the "core" environmental department responsible for informing the County Executive and the County Legislature on all environmental issues. These include but are not limited to, state and federal initiatives, new programs, funding sources, concerns of residents and environmental problems within the county.
The DER includes the Environmental Management Council, Soil and Water Conservation District, Water Quality Committee, Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and the Parks Commission.
Our goal has been two-fold: to protect Rockland's environment and to provide county residents both active and passive recreational opportunities. Park acquisitions have been attained through county funds matched with federal and state grants along with land donations, tax delinquency and partnerships with land trusts and other municipalities.
County Parks & Dog Runs offer residents a variety of recreational uses as well as preservation to parts of our county's history.
Open Space Acquisition Program was introduced in 1999 to acquire areas of scenic beauty, environmentally sensitive lands, farms and Hudson River waterfront areas.
Protecting Our Streams & Waterways studies stream sites each year within the county to determine both water quality and assess any levels of impairment.
Helping the Environment encourages municipalities and residents to conserve water and to protect our exsisting water resources.
Snakes of New YorkWhile New York is home to several species of snakes, most people will probably never see most of them. Distinguishing a venomous snake from a harmless one can be difficult. If you're in doubt, leave the snake alone. It will most likely move off in a different direction.
Please refer to information found on the NYS DEC website for further details.
Invasive Plant SpeciesThe NYS DEC has updated regulations on Invasive Plant Species in NY State. A regulation was adopted in July 2014 that prohibits or regulates the possession, transport, importation, sale, purchase & introduction of select invasive species, a form of biological pollution. Please refer to publication found on NYS DEC website & our EMC Invasive Plant Brochure for further details.