The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that it has deployed twenty-two drones throughout New York state to assist with environmental issues and in emergency response situations.

The DEC anticipates using the drones at stations across the state, including Long Island, the New York City metropolitan area, the Capital District, the Adirondacks, and in Central and Western New York.

Basil Seggos, the Commissioner of the DEC, stated that “[t]he use of drone technology will help us do our jobs better and faster while saving taxpayer dollars. We live in a changing world with technological advances being made at an exponential rate, and UAVs give us a safe and efficient way to collect and analyze data, assess threats to the environment, and quickly respond to emergencies. This technology is helping DEC with everything from petroleum spills and wildlife surveys to search and rescue missions, forest fires, and natural disasters.”

The DEC has previously used drone technology to survey potential oil spills in the Hudson River, and to assist firefighters extinguishing a grass fire in Steuben County.

The full announcement is available on the NYSDEC's YouTube channel: DEC's Drone Program Takes Off