TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has launched an interactive map to improve access to environmental data. The DECinfo Locator features more than 50 data layers displaying information from air and water monitoring results to recreation regulations.

“DEC created this platform to make information about New York’s environment accessible to everyone,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a media release. “For the first time, the public can use DECinfo Locator to generate maps to check out both their favorite fishing location and learn about water quality,” he said by way of example.

By selecting different locations and data layers, users can explore information related to recreation and health, like where boat launches are located on each of the Finger Lakes and what the water quality is nearby; or about about industry and equity, like where brownfield clean-up sites are located and which neighborhoods have received environmental justice grants. Points on the map include links to additional information such as DEC reports, permit regulations and grant program information.

Users can choose from more than 50 data layers to display on the DECinfo Locator map.

Zooming in on Tompkins County, for example, a user can learn about the state of fish and invasive species in Cayuga Lake and its tributaries or can identify “Climate Smart Communities” and projects that have received state funding.

“From viewing permits to searching for state land regulations, DEC’s new tool provides transparency to our work and helps New Yorkers better understand the full breadth of DEC’s work protecting the environment and our communities,” Seggos said.

The agency says users can “see the many ways DEC is working to protect and enhance the state’s environment and recreational opportunities” by viewing multiple layers simultaneously.

The map is available on the DEC’s website and a video tutorial is available on Youtube.

Devon Magliozzi

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