What’s the difference between the DEM and the DEP?

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Lakes and ponds Program grants money to municipalities for lake and watershed management projects, conducts lake assessments and water quality monitoring, and coordinates the management of lakes on State Forests and Parks. DEM also provides public education and technical assistance on lake and watershed management issues. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in charge of enforcing environmental regulations and permitting. The DEP Office of Watershed Management is responsible for (1) assessing and reporting on lake and pond conditions, and (2) licensing herbicide / algaecide treatments for nuisance aquatic vegetation. DEP also provides public education / information and technical assistance on lake and watershed management issues.

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