ENB - Statewide Notices 09/12/2007
Data Solicitation for 2008 CWA Section 303(d) List
Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires States to compile periodically (every two years) a list of impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards and where designated uses are not fully supported and where a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan is necessary to address the impairment. States are scheduled to submit their next Section 303(d) Lists to USEPA by April 1, 2008.
To support the development of the Section 303(d) Lists, States are also required to assemble and evaluate existing and readily available water quality related data and information. The purpose of this notice is to announce the schedule for updating the New York State CWA Section 303(d) List and solicit data and information that may be useful in compiling the list.
The water quality assessment of New York State's waters is a continuous process. Every year waters in 2 or 3 of the 17 drainage basins in the state are scheduled to be re-assessed. This rotating basin approach allows for a re-assessment of water quality of the entire state every 5 years. The assessment of these waters is a public process which includes the participation of a wide range of state, federal and local agencies and non-governmental water quality partners (watershed groups, lake associations, academic researchers, etc.). NYSDEC is able to effectively manage the reassessment process by focusing the effort on specific drainage basins over a five-year period. Concentrating on a few basins each year allows NYSDEC to provide ample opportunity for the extensive list of interested groups to provide input and allows for a thorough evaluation of all available data. In order to maintain an effective and comprehensive review of solicited data and information, it is necessary to establish a cut-off date for the receipt of water quality data and information.
In order to be included for full consideration in the compiling of the 2008 CWA Section 303(d) List, data and information must be received by September 30, 2007. It is not the intent of this cut-off date to exclude additional information. Rather the date is necessary in order to provide adequate time to review data and information, complete water quality assessments, receive and respond to public comment on the assessments, compile a draft Section 303(d) List, public notice the List, and submit a List to USEPA by April 1, 2008.
In order to facilitate the review and inclusion of water quality data and information to be considered in the compiling of the 2008 Section 303(d) List, such submissions should be accompanied by a completed Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List Assessment Worksheet. This worksheet allows for the capture of water quality information based on general observation of conditions and/or local knowledge of designated use support/non-support of a waterbody absent specific (numeric) monitoring data. The worksheet and instructions (PDF) (215 KB) for completing it can be found on the NYSDEC website. Worksheet information can also be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at 518-402-8179. Completed WI/PWL worksheets and supporting water quality monitoring data should sent to the address above, or forwarded via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Water quality data and information should also include a copy of the corresponding Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, QA/QC results summary and description of measures used in the collection of the data.
Additional information regarding the NYSDEC Water Quality Assessment Program including the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List can be found on the NYSDEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23852.html.