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Public Notice

This notice announces the availability of the Draft New York State 2008 Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and that require and are scheduled for development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 30 days, through February 22, 2008.

Background: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other more appropriate strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to develop a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State waters. Two components of the CALM have been recently revised and are also available for comment. The Assessment Methodology outlines how waters are evaluated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to determine the degree of use support, and the Listing Methodology outlines the criteria NYS DEC uses to determine what waters are to be included on the Section 303(d) List. The recent revision to these documents are intended to clarify the current and continuing approach to assessment and listing.

Information: Copies of the Draft New York State 2008 Section 303(d) List, and/or the revised Assessment and Listing Methodologies can be obtained by contacting the NYS DEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at: (518) 402-8179. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by email to dmwicker@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The List and Methodologies are also expected to be available on the NYS DEC website during the comment period at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html.

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies should be mailed to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management at the above address.

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law Sections 11-0303, 11-1101, and 11-1103, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption to amend 6NYCRR Part 6.3 relating to trapping. This notice will be published in issue 5 of the State Register, dated January 30, 2008.

For further information contact:

Gordon R. Batcheller
Certified Wildlife Biologist
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Phone: (518) 402-8885
Fax: (518) 402-8925
E-mail: grbatche@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has released for public review proposed Guidelines for Conducting Bird and Bat Studies at Commercial Wind Energy Projects.

These guidelines inform potential wind developers of the information NYS DEC needs about wind farm sites to assess impacts to birds and bats. The guidelines were developed through a stakeholder process sponsored by NYSERDA which included industry representatives as well as bird and bat biologists from government agencies, academia and non-governmental environmental groups. The guidelines are available on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/40899.html.

Comments will be received until March 7, 2008 via mail to Brianna Gary, NYS DEC Bureau of Habitat, 625 Broadway 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4756 or via email through the website.

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