New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Welcome to Bethpage sign (file/credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Toxic Plume Spreading At Bethpage Defense Plant, Tests Show

Officials revealed this month that the 4.5-mile-by-3.5-mile plume of underground contamination in Bethpage is moving deeper than ever.

11/19/2014

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State Demands Greater Public Access To Beaches In Asharoken, Long Island

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is telling Asharoken village officials to either improve its beach-public-access plan or forget about receiving millions of dollars is dune repair funds.

11/05/2014

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Headquarters (credit: dec.ny.gov)

DEC Adds 135 Long Island Sites To Potentially Polluted List

The 68 sites in Nassau County and 67 in Suffolk County include spots where hazardous waste was once stored.

11/19/2013

These Long Island men and two others face fines for allegedly capturing this young deer and another and posting photos on Instagram. (credit: Instagram)

4 L.I. Men Face Fines After Allegedly Capturing Deer, Posting Photos Online

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says at least one of the fawns was chased with a vehicle and captured alongside a fence. Photos show one of the suspects holding a “stressed” yearling.

11/13/2013

Some Long Island oysters have been contaminated by a bacteria this summer. (credit: CBS 2)

Officials: Hazardous Bacteria Contaminating Long Island Oysters

Increased runoff from summer rains has meant higher bacteria levels.

09/11/2013

Alligator found in Southampton (credit: Suffolk SPCA)

2-Foot Alligator Found In Westchester County Pond

Police say the 22-inch amphibian was seen roaming around Wilson’s Woods Park last week. They say police searched for an hour Friday for the alligator after someone snapped a photo of the creature.

08/18/2013

Air Pollution In New York

High Ozone Levels Prompt Air Quality Alert For New York City

An air quality alert has been issued for much of New York City and the northern suburbs, due to concerns about ozone levels.

06/01/2013

Alligators Found In Suffolk County (credit: Suffolk County SPCA Facebook)

Four Gators Found In Suffolk County Ahead Of Illegal Reptile Turn-In Event

A New York man enjoying his morning cup of coffee Friday stumbled upon four alligators near a Long Island boat ramp.

04/21/2013

Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site on June 19, 2012 in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. (credit: Spencer Platt/
Getty Images News)

Report: Gas Drilling Safe Under Proposed Rules

An unreleased state report found potential health impacts from fracking are addressed in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulatory plan, making a separate health impact study unnecessary.

01/03/2013

A lobster fisherman holds a lobster off the coast of Northport, New York, in the Long Island Sound. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYDEC Warns Against Eating Shellfish From Suffolk County

The DEC is warning of a potentially fatal neurotoxin that could be impacting certain shellfish.

05/25/2011

Workers Harvest Chinese mitten crabs In Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Officials Worried About Chinese Mitten Crabs Invading The Hudson River

What’s in the Hudson River? It may be a visitor from China and it’s one that scientists and environmentalists say is not welcome here.

05/22/2011

Falcons getting banded at Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Endangered Falcons Born On Top Of Long Island Hospital

Fifty-four of these baby birds have born on the ledge of University Medical Center’s 17th floor since 1997. This year, there are five — two girls and three boys.

05/13/2011