Environmental Management Council

Contact Information

Rachel Johnson


111 Westfall Road
Room 916
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585 753-5563

The Monroe County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is part of the Monroe County Department of Public Health. The mission of the EMC is to be a credible source of information on environmental issues. The Council will use its expertise to develop sound solutions to preserve and protect the rich and diverse environment in Monroe County. The EMC serves in an advisory capacity to various governmental agencies and works closely with the public on many environmental issues.

Resources and Services

The EMC has a variety of resources including the EMC library, EMC reports, maps and reference publications, aerial photographs, waste site database, presentations and environmental site assessment requests.

Preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Monroe County, EMC, 1996
Wetland Information Resources (92k PDF).

EMC Library

The EMC library contains more than one thousand environmentally-related publications that are historic in nature. Although the library resources circulate only to EMC members and liaisons, anyone is welcome to review the material. Please call 585 753-5563 for an appointment, or e-mail us.

The library’s subject index includes:

  • Air quality
  • Energy
  • Environmental impact statements
  • Laws and regulations
  • Natural resources
  • Planning and Environmental Quality
  • EMC published documents
  • Solid Waste
  • Toxic and hazardous substances
  • Water
  • Miscellaneous

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EMC Reports

The following is a list of a few of the most recently published EMC reports. 

  • Survey of Monroe County Residents’ Perception of Environmental Issues, November 1997.
    This survey investigated residents’ perceptions of the quality of the environment, top environmental issues, and the visibility of the EMC.
  • Preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Monroe County, April 1996.
    This report was prepared by the Monroe County Environmental Management Council Preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas Committee. The report identifies sites in Monroe County that were identified by Conservation Boards and environmental groups as environmentally sensitive. It describes the method of reviewing sites, prioritization methodology, the committee’s field investigations and strategies for the preservation of the sites.
  • Survey of Waste Hauler Practices in Monroe County, January 1995.
    This report was prepared by the Monroe County Environmental Management Council and is the compilation of results of a survey of residents of Monroe County to determine costs to residents for having the garbage and recyclables picked up; and specific items that haulers pick up.
  • Status Report on Waste-To-Energy Technologies, Related Issues and Concerns, March 1994.
    This report was prepared by the Monroe County Environmental Management Council’s Waste-To-Energy Study Group, a subcommittee of the Solid Waste Committee. The report summarizes issues related to Waste-To-Energy.
  • Yard Waste Management in Monroe County, November 1993.
    This report was prepared by the Monroe County Environmental Management Council’s Yard Waste Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Solid Waste Committee. The report summarizes the yard waste management program in Monroe County at the municipality level. The report includes information on operating facilities, land application techniques, regulations and the survey results for each municipality.

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Maps and Reference Publications

The EMC has numerous reference maps in the office for review.

  • Wetland Information Resources in Monroe County
    There are various sources of information on wetlands. The Monroe County Environmental Management Council (EMC) Wetlands Committee prepared this list of resources. It is by no means comprehensive but lists some of the resources that the committee members have found useful and readily available.
  • Monroe County Atlas Maps
    The EMC has Atlas Maps by municipality in Monroe County that show various features including agricultural districts, drainage, flood areas, historic sites, parcel boundaries, prime and unique soils for farming, sewer and water lines, soil types, steep slopes, and wetlands.
  • United States Geologic Survey (USGS) Topographic Maps of Monroe County
    The EMC has a complete set of USGS maps for Monroe County. They are the 7.5 minutes quadrangle maps at a scale of 1:24,000. Included are the maps are contour lines which show the shape and elevation of the land. The maps include both natural and manmade features including mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers, and vegetation, roads, boundaries, transmission lines, and major buildings.
  • Geologic Maps of Monroe County
    The geologic maps of Monroe County show groundwater, bedrock, and overburden contours and are printed at the scale of 1:24,000 (same as USGS topographic maps). These maps were prepared by Dr. Richard Young based on data from subsurface information and published in 1979.
  • Wetland maps, both state and federal
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible for the regulation of freshwater wetlands in New York State that are 12.4 acres and larger. These wetlands are mapped by the DEC. The maps show the approximate location of the wetland boundary as well as the assigned wetland number and classification.
    The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service produces maps that show areas that indicate wetlands may be present in a particular area. The United States Army Corps of Engineers regulates activities for any structure or work that takes place in, under, or over a navigable water or wetland adjacent to navigable waters as well as any activity involving discharge of dredged or fill material into a water body or wetlands.
  • Monroe County Soil Survey
    The Monroe County Soil Survey provides an overview of the types of soils located throughout Monroe County and descriptions of the soils.
  • Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York State
    Published by the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health.

Download Wetland Information Resources (92k PDF).

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Aerial Photographs

The EMC maintains a collection of historic aerial photographs from 1930, 1951, 1961, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1996, and 1999.

Generally the scale of the photographs is 1:1000. To review copies of the aerial photographs please click here to obtain a copy of our Freedom Of Information form.

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The EMC has two presentations for review:

  • The Wetland Slide Show (12 minutes)
    It describes what characteristics make an area a wetland. It presents different types of wetlands, discusses their values to society, and the regulations that protect wetlands.
  • The Monroe County Environmental Management Council (Powerpoint presentation)
    It provides an overview of the EMC.

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