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Tables of Milestones for Nutrient Criteria

Revised November 15, 2013

New York State Nutrient Standards Plan

Table of Milestones - Revised November 15,2013

New York's Plan to Revise and Expand its Nutrient Criteria Program

There are seven basic elements to New York State's approach:

1.a. Human Health - Lakes and Reservoirs
1.b. Human Health - Flowing Waters
2.a. Recreation - Lakes and Reservoirs
2.b. Recreation - Flowing Waters
3.a. Aquatic Life - Flowing Waters
3.b. Aquatic Life - Lakes and Reservoirs
4. Estuaries

The Table of Milestones (below) is revised to update dates and to more fully represent the full range of actions being conducted by New York State. This includes the work on the elements shown above.

NYS Nutrient Standards Plan
Milestone Rivers and Streams Lakes and Reservoirs Estuaries
TP TN TP TN TP TN
Plan for collection of data Done for Aquatic Life protection; Done for Recreation; Done for Human Health protection Done for Aquatic Life protection; for recreation and human health protection, see * Done for Human Health and Recreation; done for Aquatic Life. * * 2011 -2012
Collection of info and data Done for Aquatic Life protection; In progress for Recreation; Done for Human Health protection Done for Aquatic Life protection; for recreation and human health protection, see * Done for Human Health and Recreation; In progress for Aquatic Life. * * Ongoing
Analysis of info and data Done for Aquatic Life protection; for 2013-2014 for Recreation; In progress for Human Health protection Done for Aquatic Life protection; for recreation and human health protection, see * Done for Human Health and Recreation; for 2013-2014 for Aquatic Life. * * 2015-2016
Proposal of criteria** Draft Aquatic Life values shared with USEPA; revised (final) drafts are expected to be provided to EPA in 2013-2014, with public feedback during 2014.. Public release of Human Health and Recreational criteria scheduled for 2014 or beyond depending on resources. Draft Aquatic Life values shared with USEPA; revised (final) drafts are expected to be provided to EPA in 2013-2014, with public feedback during 2014. Public release of Human Health and Recreational criteria scheduled for 2014 or beyond depending on resources. Draft Human Health and Recreation values shared with USEPA; revised (final) drafts are expected to be provided to EPA in 2013-2014, with public feedback during 2014. Public release of Aquatic Life criteria scheduled for 2014 or beyond depending on resources. * * 2017
Adoption of criteria** 2014-2015 for Aquatic Life. 2014 or beyond for others. * 2014-2015 for Human Health and Recreation; 2014 or beyond for Aquatic Life * * 2018

* DEC believes that criteria for phosphorus in freshwaters should be the first priority for our limited resources, given that virtually all freshwater lakes and reservoirs are phosphorus-limited. Criteria will be developed for nitrogen in freshwaters as resources permit. Although nitrogen criteria have been drafted for aquatic life for rivers and streams, public release and proposal of these criteria will be aligned with other nitrogen criteria in the interest of consistency. (See section 3.b of this Nutrient Standards Plan, below for additional information.) For saline water estuaries, nitrogen is more typically the limiting nutrient. Therefore, criteria for nitrogen are a higher priority for estuaries, with criteria for phosphorus to be developed as resources permit.

**Dates reflect completion of DEC plan for implementation of nutrient criteria.