Environmental Management Council

The Rockland County Environmental Management Council (EMC) was established by the Rockland County Legislature in 1973. Members are volunteers representing Rockland County's five towns. They are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Legislature. EMC works in a non-partisan, non-adversarial manner to effect environmental improvement within the system.

The EMC sponsors the Eleanor Burlingham 5th Grade Earth Day Essay Contest annually which encourages youths to go outside and observe interactions between plants and animals. Students submit essays to the EMC for review. Five winners are selected each year and a ceremony takes place at the Allison-Parris County Office Building in early June.

The EMC also presents the Green Champion Award annually which is given to an organization, business or group who have showed an exemplary focus on the environment. Last year's recipient was Keep Rockland Beautiful.

The annual canoe trip is another highlight.
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2015 Annual EMC Canoe Tour, hosted by EMC member Bill Herguth. The tour highlights Peggy's Point, Sandy Beach, Eel Creek, and experimental sites located throughout the Sparkill Creek and Piermont Marsh. Attendees include: EMC members, Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance members, LDEO staff, Piermont Planning Board members, and CCE Rockland Master Gardeners.

Our monthly meeting - open to the public - is usually held on the third Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Allison-Parris County Office Building, New City. The EMC may not meet in the summer months of July and August. To learn about meeting updates and other environmental matters, please email laiblen@co.rockland.ny.us.

Members:

Executive Director - Nicole Laible
Clarkstown - Joanna Galdone, Ed Knyfd, {Ed Knyfd (At-Large member)}
Haverstraw - Lorinda Hill, Matthew Fleischmann
Orangetown - Grace Meyer, William Herguth
Ramapo - Natalie Patasaw - Chair, Kerry Potter-Kotecki - Recording Secretary
Stony Point - Kevin Maher

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                                      
EMC Agenda 06-15-16 Potluck Event  
EMC Agenda 05-19-16  
EMC Agenda 04-20-16 EMC Minutes 04-20-16
EMC Agenda 03-16-16  
EMC Agenda 02-17-16  
EMC Agenda 01-20-16  
EMC Meeting Dates 2016  

Soil & Water Conservation District

SWCD was established in 1965 and is responsible for developing Soil and Water Conservation District programs to protect and conserve soil, water, prime and unique farmland, wildlife, energy and other renewable resources to meet the needs of the local land user on non-federal lands. The Board of Directors represent the County's five towns. They are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Legislature.

The Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources Department is committed to encouraging municipalities and residents to conserve water and to protect our existing water resources.

Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month (sometimes 4th Thursday...call our office).
Meetings start at 9:30am at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center, 50 Sanatorium Rd, Bldg K, Pomona, NY. All meetings are open to the public.

Members:

Executive Director - Allan Beers
District Manager - Nicole Laible
Clarkstown Hwy Dept. - (vacant)
Haverstraw Hwy Dept. - George Wargo Jr.
Orangetown Hwy Dept. - James Dean, Chairman
Ramapo Hwy Dept. - Tony Sharan
Stony Point Hwy Dept. - Larry Brissing
Others - Delegated by Local Law

Below is a list of past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                   
SWCD Agenda 06-16-16  
SWCD Agenda 05-19-16 SWCD Minutes 05-19-16
SWCD Agenda 04-28-16 SWCD Minutes 04-28-16
SWCD Agenda 03-24-16 SWCD Minutes 03-24-16
SWCD Agenda 02-25-16 SWCD Minutes 02-25-16
SWCD Agenda 01-28-16 SWCD Minutes 01-28-16
SWCD Meeting Dates 2016  

Water Quality Committee

The Mission of the Rockland County Water Quality Committee is to protect, conserve and restore Rockland County's water resources. Established in 1992, membership in the RCWQC is open to any organization, municipality, government agency, or individual interested in the mission and goals of the committee.

The WQC co-sponsors an annual Spring Cleanup along creeks located throughout the County. For 2015, the committee partnered with Keep Rockland Beautiful and Riverkeeper Sweep to clean up Black Beach in Haverstraw. 35 volunteers removed 660 lbs. of trash with the help of Seatow!

We meet periodically (about 5 times a year), usually on the second Tuesday of that month. All meetings are open to the public. See "Meeting Dates" document below.

Members:

Chair (Rockland Country Club), Matt Ceplo
Vice Chair (League of Women Voters), Hermine Levine
Second Vice Chair, Jim Elling
Secretary (Public), Tolly Beck
Treasurer (United Water New Jersey), Ray Cywinski
Staff Director (Rockland County SWCD and DER), Nicole Laible

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                   
WQC Agenda 09-13-16  
WQC Agenda 06-21-16  
WQC Agenda 03-08-16 WQC Minutes 03-08-16
WQC Agenda 01-12-16 WQC Minutes 01-12-16
WQC Meeting Dates 2016  

Parks Commission

During the past 49 years, the Rockland County Park System has grown from one park of 3 acres to a network of 30 parks comprising 3,170 acres. The goal has been to achieve the national standard of one acre per 100 of population, and to provide county residents ready access to local parks without having to drive long distances to enjoy nature's beauty. Park acquisitions have been attained through gifts, tax delinquency, and County funds matched with Federal and State grants.

The Park Commission is indebted to the Rockland County Executive, Rockland County Legislators, County Planning Department Staff, Department of Law, Rockland County Sheriff Department, Rockland Audubon Society, Environmental Management Council, Department of General Services and Rockland County Highway Department for guidance and assistance with the many complexities faced in managing our parks. Meetings are scheduled when needed about 4 times per year (quarterly).

Members:

Matthew Brennan
Joanna Galdone
Diane Gruskin
Norman P. Szymanski
Geoffrey Welch

Former Chairmen:

Samuel G. Fisher
Luther A. Nelson
Norman P. Szymanski
Thomas Vanderbeek

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                   
PC Agenda 09-26-16  
  PC Minutes 03-14-16

Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board

Advise the County Executive and Legislature on proposed establishment, modification or termination of any agricultural district and agricultural initiatives. The board reviews sub-division proposals that may affect agricultural land and approves and revises the Farmland Protection Plan. It may request that the NYS Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets intervene in disputes between agriculture producer's and government agencies.

The board provides public education related to the benefits of preserving and promoting the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of agriculture.

Members:

Hon. Harriet Cornell - Rockland County Legislature
James J. Dean - Soil & Water Cons. Dist.
Machado Mead - Pfeiffer Center
John McDowell - Camp Hill Farm -   Chairman
Ed Gray - BOCES
Sean Matthews - County Executive's Office