Annual 4 Hour Training in Erosion & Sediment Control

Rockland County SWCD will be hosting their annual 4 Hour Training in Erosion & Sediment Control on Thursday, October 25, 2017 at the Rockland Fire Training Center. Registration required, deadline October 9, 2017.  In order to register you must complete the NYS DEC and SWCD registration forms and submit via email to  Fore more information please call the main office at 845-364-2670.
Refer to the Event Flier and NYS DEC Training calendar for more information.

The Rockland County Environmental Management Council honored five fifth grade students and one eleventh grade student in early June as part of the annual Eleanor Burlingham Earth Day Essay Contest.  Pictured below are this years winners along with EMC members and County Executive Ed Day:


(Left to right) Anna Moetzinger, Viola Elementary School; Emma Chin, Viola Elementary School; Alyssa Weinstein, Viola Elemetary School; Keira Devine, A. MacArthur Barr Academy of Excellence; Caroline Brennan, A. MacArthur Barr Academy of Excellence; (not pictured: Christopher Buchauer, 11th grade winner)


20170621_183735.jpg Rockland Farm Alliance was also honored by the Rockland County Environmental Management Council as the fifth annual Edward Brophy Green Champion Award winner. The award is presented to organizations, municipalities and agencies whose is dedicated to sustainability and protecting the natural resources found within Rockland.

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.
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 6:00 PM-7:30 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


Executive Director - Nicole Laible
Clarkstown - Joanna Galdone, Ed Knyfd, Glenn Sungela {At-Large Member}
Haverstraw - Lorinda Hill- Recording Secretary
Orangetown - William Herguth
Ramapo - Natalie Patasaw - Chair, Kerry Potter-Kotecki, Gillian Ballard {At-Large Member}
Stony Point - Kevin Maher

The RC EMC is looking to meet with all of the Town Supervisors in 2017. The board began meeting with Supervisors in 2016. Below is a list of the 2016 Meeting Minutes:
Clarkstown Supervisor
Orangetown Supervisor

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                                      
EMC JUNE Potluck 06-21-17  
EMC Agenda 05-17-17  
EMC Agenda 04-19-17  
EMC Agenda 03-15-17  CANCELED  
EMC Agenda 02-15-17 EMC Notes 02-15-17
EMC Agenda 01-18-17 EMC Notes 01-18-17
EMC Meeting Dates 2017  
EMC Agenda 12-21-16 EMC Notes 12-21-17
EMC Agenda 11-16-16 EMC Notes 11-16-16
EMC Agenda 09-21-16  
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 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.


Executive Director - Allan Beers
District Manager - Nicole Laible
Clarkstown Hwy Dept. - Frank DiZenzo
Haverstraw Hwy Dept. - George Wargo Jr.
Orangetown Hwy Dept. - James Dean, Chair
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.

SWCD Agenda (Emergency Meeting) 07-10-17  
SWCD Agenda 06-22-17  
SWCD Agenda 05-25-17 SWCD Minutes 05-25-17
SWCD Agenda 04-27-17 SWCD Minutes 04-27-17
SWCD Agenda 03-30-17 SWCD Minutes 03-30-17
SWCD Agenda 02-23-17 SWCD Minutes 02-23-17
SWCD Agenda 01-26-17 SWCD Minutes 01-26-17
SWCD Meeting Dates 2017  
SWCD Culvert Prioritization* Agenda 12-20-16 SWCD Culvert Meeting Notes
SWCD Emergency Meeting 12-20-16 SWCD Minutes 12-20-16
SWCD Agenda 11-17-16 SWCD Minutes 11-17-16
SWCD Agenda 10-27-16 SWCD Minutes 10-27-16
SWCD Agenda 09-22-16 SWCD Minutes 09-22-16
SWCD Agenda 06-16-16 SWCD Minutes 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.


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

The RC WQC is expected to host the following events in 2017:
4/29 Bi-state Waterways Cleanup; Hackensack River  CANCELED
6/13 Canoe Trip through Hackensack River and Lake DeForest  CANCELED
11/21 Fall Board Meeting Date Change* (refer to this date for the November board meeting)

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                   
WQC Agenda 03-14-17  CANCELED  
WQC Agenda 01-10-17  
WQC Meeting Dates 2017  
WQC Agenda 09-13-16  
WQC Agenda 06-21-16 WQC Minutes 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  *Scheduled events are subject to change*

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).


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.

PC Agenda 09-26-16  

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.


Hon. Harriet Cornell - Rockland County Legislature
James J. Dean - Soil & Water Conservation District
Machado Mead - Pfeiffer Center
John McDowell - Camp Hill Farm -   Chairman
Joy D. Macy- Farmer
Chuck Stead- Land Preservationist
William V. Summers- Farmer
Sean Matthews- Real Property Tax Officer
Douglas Schuetz- County Planning Dept.
John Wickes- Agribusiness
Ann Marie Palefsky- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County
Allan Beers- County Division of Environmental Resources (staff)
Nicole Laible- County Division of Environmental Resources (staff)

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Ag & Farm Board Agenda 04-05-2017  
Ag & Farm Board Agenda 03-09-2017  
Ag & Farm Board Agenda 01-19-2017  
  Ag & Farm Board Minutes 11-09-2016