NYS DEC to Host Webinars on New Environmental Assesment Forms (EAF)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be hosting a series of web seminars online in April and May to instruct government agencies and the public on how to use the streamlined and revised Environmental Assessment Forms (EAF).

The EAF is a three-part form that provides necessary information in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process. SEQR is required by state law for projects by state agencies and local governments and for projects that require approval from state agencies or local governments, including site plan review, variances, and other local land use approvals.

DEC has designed new tools and a streamlined process to reduce the time a project sponsor spends completing the paperwork associated with proposed projects,” Commissioner Martens said. “The EAF Mapper will provide project sponsors with spatial data from DEC’s Geographic Information database that previously required either calling a DEC office or submitting a written request for data that could take days or even weeks to obtain. Now, using the EAF Mapper, that information can be obtained in under three minutes for most projects.”

The revised model EAFs became effective on October 7, 2013 and has extensive new features. DEC designed the new forms and the web-based framework for the guidebooks and software mapping program, EAF Mapper. The webinar will demonstrate how the three tools work together to speed the completion of EAFs by both project sponsors and reviewing agencies.

Webinars have been scheduled for:

  • April 29 – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • May 6 – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • May 13 – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • May 15 – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • May 22 – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required and is limited to 100 people at each webinar. To reserve a spot at a webinar, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nysdec-environmental-assessment-form-webinar-series-tickets-10515689711 and select a date and time. Registrants will receive further information on how to join the webinar after they sign up.

For additional information, contact DEC’s Division of Environmental Permits & Pollution Prevention at (518) 402-9167 or send an e-mail to: depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Update May 12

These sessions are eligible to receive one (1) hour credit of the required Planning Board/ZBA training mandated by NYS.

To receive one (1) credit, please request the form at this email address, depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us.  When requesting the form, please submit a list of names for everyone who will be receiving credit for this webinar.


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