Environmental Resources - Rochester, NY 


This page contains important resources for learning about the state of our environment from official and non-official sources. One of the most important services of the Internet as Climate Change grows more dire is a way to directly monitor critical environmental resources like water, air, and forests. 


Page Contents: Discussions| Federal Environmental Resources | NYS Environmental Resources Monroe County Environmental Resources | City of Rochester Environmental Services |Other Official Environmental Resources | Local Governments | Non-governmental Environmental Resources | Direct monitoring our environment | Environmental Documents |


Many of the communications I have gotten over the years relate to various codes and regulation on environmental practices. 

And, mostly I steer questions of this sort to the official bodies responsible for those areas.  RochesterEnvironment.com encourages all to check these sites for official information about our area’s environmental codes, laws, guidelines, rules, and environmental practices. as they are charged with protecting and preserving our local environment.  

If you’re not satisfied with the laws, information, practices, etc., let them know, or contact your representatives—or a local environmental group taking on an environmental issue.  


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Discussions on Resources

Monitoring our environment in the future is going to take a lot of imagination and work

  • The Loss of Rochester’s Biodiversity The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a wake-up call because we know that biodiversity around the world is crashing, which is why our age is sometime referred to as either the Holocene Extinction or the Sixth Great Extinction. However, unlike the other five mass extinction events (caused by asteroids, volcanoes, or global warming), this one is human caused. more...
  • Monitoring our Environment: Though a lot of indicators need to be monitored to assess the healthiness of one community, arguably one of the most important is our environmental health. Without a sound environment, everything else loses its foundation. This new project, which includes many specific environmental indicators for our region is especially welcome. Take a moment to check out the various environmental indicators like (Prevalence of Pesticides, Air Quality, Clean Water, Population Density, Recycling Rate, Beach Contamination, Toxic Chemical Release, and more…) that suggest whether or not we are living sustainably—here in the Rochester area. Don’t form a critical opinion about the state of our environment without getting the facts. more...
  • Monitor our environment/Monitor environmental reports One of the main themes of RochesterEnvironment.com is that our major or mainstream media is not doing its job on informing the public of our environmental situation on a continual basis. Not only do environmental stories, which are indicators of concerns we should have about our way of life and whether it is sustainable or not, get published rarely compared to frivolous stories, but there is a steady decline in dedicated environmental reporters. more...


Federal Environmental Resources

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "The establishment and enforcement of environmental protection standards consistent with national environmental goals... The conduct of research on the adverse effects of pollution and on methods and equipment for controlling it; the gathering of information on pollution; and the use of this information in strengthening environmental protection programs and recommending policy changes... assisting others, through grants, technical assistance and other means, in arresting pollution of the environment... assisting the Council on Environmental Quality in developing and recommending to the President new policies for the protection of the environment."
    • EnviroMapper for Envirofacts | US EPA "Welcome to EnviroMapper for Envirofacts, a single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data. This Web site provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information. "  --from US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Division: (USACE) Our primary missions include: Flood control, Navigation, Shore Protection, Environmental Restoration, Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste Removal, Water Resource Management, as well as Formally Utilized Site Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. To accomplish this, federal and state governments must work in partnership with the more than 100 million working men and women and their six and a half million employers who are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
  • US Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, an independent Federal regulatory agency, helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products. Find out about Recalls and other Press Releases
  • Homes and Communities - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HUD provides funding for a variety of programs that help Americans find affordable rental housing. If you are looking for a place to rent, review our Renters Kit - especially the section on federal financial assistance. Housing counseling agencies throughout the country can help you sort through your options - contact one near you.
  • US Coast Guard and Ninth Coast Guard District, which includes Rochester.
  • Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20240
    (202) 208-3100
  • US Census Bureau: This site is listed here because one of the responsibilities of this body of government is to distribute funds for highway planning and construction.
  • New York offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Region encompasses 13 states from Maine to Virginia. More than 66 million people, about a quarter of the nation's population, live within this area, where the Service's nearly 1,000 employees work in the regional headquarters, field offices, national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries. Many of these 140 facilities are open to visitors and provide exciting opportunities for wildlife-dependent education, recreation and interpretation. The headquarters for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Why are Americans so unlikely to believe that Climate Change, which is physics, is occurring? Check out this video from the experts that gets to the heart of this matter. --from NSF.gov - To What Degree? - What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change - How Do We Know?  --from NSF.gov - To What Degree? - What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change - How Do We Know?  "Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex puzzles ever to confront mankind." nsf.gov - National Science Foundation - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

Great Trail: If you have not done so already, check out this great system of trails in Rochester: City of Rochester | Turning Point Park, Trail, and Rain Garden "Located in the Charlotte neighborhood nearby to Lake Ontario on Rochester's northwest side, Turning Point Park covers 275 wooded acres along the banks of the Genesee River. Hiking and biking trails will help you discover the park's distinct areas, from the wooded oak forest called "Bullock's Woods" to the cattail lined shores of the river. Enjoy the nature watching and beautiful river views from its trails. "

Trail over the wetlands in Turning Point Park - Photo by Frank J. Regan

Swan with her cygnet at Turning Point Park - Photo by Frank J. Regan

above scripts from Dynamic Drive


State Environmental Resources

  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation DEC Mission The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1,1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. Mission: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being." DEC's goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.
  • New York State Department of Health
    • Environmental Facilities and Cancer Mapping "The New York State Environmental Facilities and Cancer Mapping project is designed to answer questions many New Yorkers have about cancer and environmental facilities in their communities. It provides an interactive map which shows the numbers and types of cancer within small geographic areas. It also shows the locations of environmental facilities within the same geographic areas. This project also provides information on cancer, its possible causes, and how to interpret cancer data."
  • About the Environmental Bureau of The New York State Attorney General "Enforcing a zero tolerance policy against any environmental threats in New York that imperil the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on, Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to ensuring that the Environmental Protection Bureau continues to be a national leader in the fight to reverse climate change. The Environmental Protection Bureau, located within the Office of the Attorney General's Social Justice Division, plays a central role in protecting New York's environment and public health. With a staff that includes some 40 lawyers and 10 scientists, the Bureau vigorously enforces both the State's and Nation's environmental laws. It also represents the State of New York in legal matters related to the environment. Early in his term, Attorney General Schneiderman joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sue a power plant in Pennsylvania for violations of the Clean Air Act. The plant is the largest out-of-state contributor of sulfur dioxide to our state – emitting more than twice as much of this harmful pollutant as all the power plants in New York combined. "
  • New York State Department of Transportation Find official information on these topics: Jobs at NYSDOT, Doing Business with NYSDOT, Road Work & Roundabouts, Local Offices, Structures Design & Construction, Traffic Engineering & Highway Safety Division, Frequently Asked Questions, Aviation, Public Transit, Bicycles & Pedestrians, Environmental Initiatives, History of NYSDOT, Freight & Economic Development, Mapping & GIS, News Releases, Materials, Soils & Transportation Research, NYSDOT Programs, Site Info, Motor Carriers &Trucking, Passenger, Rail.
  • New York State Canals: Excursions and Vacations: Biking and Hiking the Canalway Trail The New York State Canalway Trail System is comprised of a network of more than 260 miles of existing multi-use, recreational trails across upstate New York. Major segments are adjacent to the waterways of the New York State Canal System (see our map) or follow remnants of the historic original canals of the early 1800s that preceded today's working Canal System.

Monroe County Environmental Resources

  • MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY Thank you for visiting the Monroe County website, your one stop, online community resource for Monroe County. The Monroe County website provides convenient access to Monroe County information and services, and makes it easier than ever to do business with Monroe County. As with all online resources, we recognize that visitors to this website are concerned about their privacy. Monroe County is committed to preserving your privacy when visiting this website.
    • Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY Protecting the county’s land and water from pollution represents the most basic aspect of environmental protection. To control the sheer magnitude of industrial and residential solid waste and wastewater generated by our society demands a coordinated, comprehensive and forward-looking approach. The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) combines advanced wastewater and solid waste management into one sophisticated and proactive organization.
  • Monroe County Water Authority -  Our MCWA treatment plants produce 62 million gallons of drinking water every day for homes in Monroe, Genesee, Ontario, Wayne, and Orleans counties. 

Environmental Documents

Important documents that pertain to our environment.  Some of these documents are reports or studies conducted by our country, other countries, or universities, or business that pertain to our local environment.


City of Rochester Environmental Resources

  • City of Rochester | Department of Environmental Services The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is committed to keeping Rochester's neighborhoods clean, safe, and accessible for all its residents. DES works hard each season of the year. From leaf collection in the fall, to snow plowing and holiday tree collection in the winter, and from Clean Sweep in spring to new road construction and tree trimming in the summer, the employees of our department work on almost every aspect of life in the City of Rochester. We dedicate each day to ensuring that neighborhoods are well-kept places that you can be happy to call "home."
  • City of Rochester | Green Initiatives Rochester’s Green Team, developed to update and expand environmental compliance policy and coordinate cross-departmental efforts, continues the City's tradition of outstanding environmental stewardship.

Other area official institutions that oversee our area's environment

  • Genesee Transportation Council The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires every metropolitan area with a population of over 50,000 to have a designated MPO to qualify for the receipt of federal highway and transit funds.   Map GTC is the designated MPO responsible for transportation policy, planning, and investment decision making in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region. 
  • G/FLRPC The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) will identify, define, and inform its member counties of issues and opportunities critical to the physical, economic, and social health of the region. G/FLRPC provides forums for discussion, debate, and consensus building, and develops and implements a focused action plan with clearly defined outcomes, which include programs, personnel, and funding.
  • Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority  Until the late 1960's, Rochester's public transportation needs were met by the profit-driven private sector. Mass transit in Rochester began in 1825 when the Rochester and Canal Railroad Company was established to provide passenger and freight service along the Genesee River. Large horse-drawn vehicles were in operation by the 1850's and in 1889 electric streetcars began service. The first buses operated as early as 1905. Rochester City Lines started service in 1923 but soon went bankrupt. A mass transportation system was re-established in 1938 by Rochester Transit Corporation. Ridership had increased to 10 million before financial difficulties led the City of Rochester to take over the company, renaming it Rochester Transit Service or RTS, which would later be known as Regional Transit Service.
  • Council on Environmental Quality | The White House "“Our focus is to ensure that there is a strong science and policy basis for our environmental policy, to move the nation to greater reliance on clean energy and increase energy security, to combat global warming while growing the green economy, to protect public health and the environment, especially in vulnerable communities, and to protect and restore our great ecosystems.” "


Monitoring our environment

Get data on our environment to access trends, pollution, clean-ups, and more for our Rochester, NY region. A constant monitoring of our environment is going to be critical as we move more deeply into Climate Change.   

  • Open.NY.Gov | Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data Albany, NY (March 11, 2013) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government. "Open.ny.gov creates unprecedented transparency across all levels of government and gives the people user-friendly access to vast quantities of information on our State," Governor Cuomo said. "This new website will dramatically increase public access to one of our most valuable assets - data. As it expands and evolves over time, Open.ny.gov will spark innovation, improve efficiency, promote accountability, and bring the people back into government." more...
  • Earth Engine A planetary-scale platform for environmental data & analysis | Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back almost 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth's surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas.
  • Global Forest Watch "A dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. Government and corporate leaders convened February 20, 2014 to explore how governments, businesses and communities can halt forest loss. Visit the event page for discussion highlights, video, and other resources. See also, GFW blog posts. "
  • The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) "The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international network of satellites that provide the next-generation global observations of rain and snow. Building upon the success of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), the GPM concept centers on the deployment of a “Core” satellite carrying an advanced radar / radiometer system to measure precipitation from space and serve as a reference standard to unify precipitation measurements from a constellation of research and operational satellites. " - from NASA

Non-Governmental Environmental Resources for our Region

Many universities and non-profit organizations help the public understand our region's environmental issues with useful online resources

  • Exploring the Nature of New York "The City University of New York has identified the need to enhance environmental awareness among its students and faculty and provide a place-based source of ecological literacy to the greater public of New York. This web page seeks to provide a new vision of the City of New York, that of a modern day city where people and the natural world continue to interact and relate – often unknowingly- as one, within the contexts of a greater ecological community. Exploring the Nature of New York is the first website to explore New York's unique natural heritage in relation to its cultural and socio-economic realities. "
  • National-Academies.org | National Research Council"The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Known collectively as the National Academies, our organization produces groundbreaking reports that have helped shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. "

Local Governments

Though not specifically environmental web sites, Internet access to our local governments is an important wealth of information on environmental policies and news.  These sites are official sites. 

Increasingly, townships have green pages-information about how their communities can live more environmentally friendly.



Color Brighton Green


Clifton Springs






Irondequoit  -   The Green Page





West Irondequoit Central School District

City of Geneva



Caledonia & Mumford Waterloo




Fair Haven



City of Rochester
City of Rochester | Green Team
Greece Phelps Auburn Riga

South Wedge Online





Geneva - Geneva Green Farmington