Environmental Conservation Officer Jeff Kreuger was recently acknowledged for an incident in Tompkins County back on July 5, where he discovered an illegal discharge spilling from a Trumansburg laundromat into local waters.
In response to a complaint and with help from DEC Spills responder Chris Rossi and Lt. Mark Colesante, Kreuger took water samples from a discharge pipe and conducted a dye test that determined the effluent was coming from the laundromat and discharging into Trumansburg Creek, which empties into Cayuga Lake–the source of drinking water for several townships and parts of Ithaca.
The following day, ECO Krueger and Lt. Ric Warner contacted the owner, who agreed to shut down the laundromat until the facility can come into compliance with water quality regulations.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.
In 2018, the 288 ECOs across the state responded to 21,668 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 20,665 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.
If you witness an environmental crime or believe a violation of environmental law occurred, please call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).