St. Lawrence County Planning Office

Overview of the EMC

Organization and Mission

The Environmental Management Council (EMC) was established in 1971 by the St. Lawrence County Board of Supervisors pursuant to the NYS Local Environmental Protection Act.

The EMC’s mission is to advise the Board of Legislators (BOL) about environmental matters affecting the county and also to work cooperatively with the County Planning Office to foster public understanding of environmental issues.

The EMC is composed of 15 volunteer members appointed by the Board of Legislators. A member of the BOL serves as an ex officio member of the EMC.

Members typically have know-ledge and expertise in environ-mental education, environmental science or technology, agriculture or forestry, environmental action or a demonstrated interest in environmental matters.

The EMC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse; the public is welcome to attend. EMC committees focus on issues of education, natural resources, and other topics.

Work Program

Each year, the St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council determines its priorities for research, policy development, and public participation. Among the tasks which the EMC has currently set for itself are:

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on topics including open burning of municipal solid waste, regulations concerning animal feeding operations, regulation of personal watercraft, and other topics.

Communication and coordination with other environmental groups in the county and state.

Sponsorship of environmental activities, including the annual Envirothon for high school students, the Adopt-A-Natural Resource program operated by the DEC, the Earth Day Poster Competition.

Monthly speakers at EMC meetings on topics including: plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway; handling household hazardous wastes; DEC plans and activities in the North Country; environment-friendly economic development; and other topics.

Projects including:

  • updating the Map For All Seasons recreation guide;
  • delivering presentations at local schools;
  • brownfield redevelopment issues;
  • monitoring development of Unit Management Plans for state-owned lands;
  • and other topics.

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