About the Program
The Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) manages environmental investigations and cleanup projects, coordinates environmental regulatory compliance, conducts environmental audits, provides analysis on a variety of environmental issues, and provides support and management for brownfield redevelopment projects.
Consistent with the City's mission of Environmental Stewardship, the Division of Environmental Quality is responsible for the following programs:
- Environmental Management: DEQ implements the environmental compliance program for City of Rochester facilities. DEQ and the City’s Department of Community Development jointly manage the City’s Environmental Institutional Control program.
- Site Investigation & Cleanup: DEQ performs environmental site investigations and cleanup projects to assess potential environmental liabilities associated with the purchase or sale of properties, and to remediate environmental problems to allow for site redevelopment.
- Remediation System Operation: DEQ performs routine operation and maintenance on a variety of soil and groundwater remediation systems at sites throughout the City.
- Brownfields Redevelopment: Brownfields are abandoned or under-utilized commercial and industrial properties that may have environmental problems. DEQ provides technical assistance to other City departments that are involved in redevelopment projects.
- Port of Rochester: Mark Gregor, Manager of DEQ, is the City’s Port Redevelopment Project Manager. Mark and DEQ are working with an interdepartmental City team to guide the Port’s redevelopment and revitalization.
For additional information regarding the City's Division of Environmental Quality, contact Mark Gregor, manger, (585) 428-6855, or learn more about brownfield financial assistance programs.