The Dutchess County Environmental Management Council was established by the Dutchess County Legislature in February, 1972 to advise and educate county and local governments and the public on environmental issues.
The EMC functions as a county council and works with agencies and organizations to accomplish its mission. The EMC consists of at-large members appointed by the Dutchess County Legislature, Ex-Officio Members from local agencies, and one member from each municipal Conservation Advisory Council in the county. The Dutchess County Legislature appoints eleven members who shall be persons other than members of city, town or village commissions for conservation of the environment residing within the County of Dutchess and who are interested in the improvement and preservation of environmental quality.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is an Ex-Officio member of the EMC, along with other county agencies.