The Department of Environmental Resources focuses on environmental programs to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of natural resources and energy within the Town, including marine life, waterways, wetlands, air, soil, wildlife, groundwater, flora and fauna for the benefit of present and future Town residents.
The department also oversees the operation of Town’s Animal Shelter, GeesePeace Program, S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Collection Program, and Homeowners Cleanup Program.
This division plans, undertakes and oversees the daily operations and monitors activities at the Old Bethpage Solid Waste Disposal Complex. This division also oversees the: S.T.O.P. Program, Electronic Waste Recycling Program and the Homeowners Cleanup Program.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Shellfisheries Section has determined that water quality in a portion of Cold Spring Harbor in the Town of Oyster Bay has changed, requiring reclassification to protect public health.
New York State has a program, which has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, for the control of waste water and storm water discharges in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act. The program is known as the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) and is broader in scope than that required by the Clean Water Act in that it controls point source discharges to groundwaters as well as surface waters.