NY.gov Portal State Agency Listing Search all of NY.gov
D E C banner
D E C banner

Disclaimer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

ENB - Statewide Notices

Public Notice

Final Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is noticing Executive approval of the Final Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System. This Plan proposes ways to restore/enhance recreational fishing and fisheries in the New York waters of the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and their tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to fish (hereafter referred to as the Lake Ontario system).

Funds for this restoration are available from a settlement of the State's Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claim for the Lake Ontario system. The Occidental Chemical Corporation agreed to pay the State $12 million in five equal payments over four years. The settlement was based on an assessment of the damages to the State's natural resources, in particular a loss of recreational fishing benefits resulting from the imposition of fish consumption advisories because of the presence of contaminants in Lake Ontario fish. The proceeds of the settlement will be used to restore/enhance sportfishing and the injured natural resources.

Copies of the Final Plan can be viewed or downloaded from: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40068.html, or from NYS DEC Regional Headquarters in Watertown, Syracuse, Avon and Buffalo.

For more information contact:
Christopher Balk
NYS DEC
Lake Ontario Sport Fishing
Restoration Coordinator
Cape Vincent Fisheries Station
Phone: (518) 654-2147
cjbalk@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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 3-0301, 13-0105 and 13-0340-d, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to amend 6NYCRR Part 40 relating to recreational fishing (tautog). This notice will be published in issue 8 of the State Register, dated February 20, 2008.

For further information please contact:

Steve Heins
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
205 N. Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0435
E-mail: swheins@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law Sections 3-0301, 11-0303, 11-0305, 11-0317, 11-1301, 11-1303, 11-1316, and 11-1319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6NYCRR Parts 10, 18, 19, 35, and 180 relating to sportfishing regulations. This notice will be published in issue 8 of the State Register, dated February 20, 2008.

For further information please contact:

Shaun Keeler
Inland Fisheries Section Head
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4753
Phone: (518) 402-8920
E-mail: sxkeeler@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law Sections 11-0103, 11-0303, 11-0311, 11-0903, 11-0905 and 11-0909, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption of Repeal Section 2.2 and Amend Part 3 of Title 6NYCRR relating to reptiles and amphibians. This notice will be published in issue 8 of the State Register, dated February 20, 2008.

For further information please contact:

Daniel Rosenblatt
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Phone: (518) 402-8884
Fax: (518) 402-8925
dlrosenb@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Pursuant to Article 9, Title 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

The New York State Invasive Species Council is convening its first meeting on:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Headquarters Room 129A
625 Broadway
Albany, NY.

The Council comprises nine State agencies and is co-led by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets. The purpose of this meeting is to organize the Council and to plan how it will deliver the requirements of the new invasive species statute (cited above). This meeting is open to the public. Attendees will be required to show a drivers license or other photo ID at the Security Desk. The meeting will also be webcast at www.webcatter.com/live/nysdec.

Contacts:

Assistant Commissioner Christopher Amato
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
Phone: (518) 402-8533

Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline Moody-Czub
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
10 B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
Phone: (518) 457-0752


Proposed Rule Making and Public Hearings to Amend Dam Safety Regulations.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Public Hearings is to give the public an opportunity to provide oral and/ or written comments on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC or Department) proposal to amend Part 673 and portions of Parts 608 and 621 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR). These revisions are intended to reflect statutory authorities and requirements in Sections 3-0301, 15-0503, 15-0507, 15-0511, 15-0516, 71-1109, and 71-1111 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).

Chapter 364, Laws of 1999 amended ECL Sections 15-0503, 15-0507 and 15-0511 to expressly require all dam owners - whether or not subject to a NYS DEC permit under ECL § 15-0503 - to operate and maintain such structures in a safe condition. The amendments explicitly authorize NYS DEC to adopt regulations requiring dam owners to prepare safety programs including inspections, monitoring, maintenance and operation, and emergency plans, where failure of the dam could cause personal injury, substantial property damage or substantial natural resource damage. This program is defined by the proposed modifications to Part 673. Enforcement provisions were modified in Article 71. These changes are reflected in proposed modifications to Part 673. The statutory amendments also increased dam size thresholds for dam construction permits issued by the Department. This change is reflected in the proposed modifications to Part 608.

Chapter 17, Laws of 2006 amended the ECL by adding a new Section 15-0516 regarding the department's distribution of department inspection reports of dam safety for intermediate and high hazard dams. This is reflected in proposed language in Part 673.

Revisions to Part 621 are proposed to make all dam permit applications Major projects as defined in Part 621.

Public Hearing Times and Locations:

April 15, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Samuel Morse Site, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

April 18, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Rochester-Marketplace, 800 Jefferson Rd., Rochester, NY 14623

May 2, 2008, 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m., Rooms 129A and 129B at the NYS DEC Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.
Note: ID is required to enter the building; there is ample parking, including handicapped parking, available at the paid lots on either side of the building.

Hearing Facilities Services:

The hearings are scheduled at locations reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to hearing impaired persons, at no charge, upon advance written request received at the address below within a reasonable time prior to the scheduled hearing and information meetings.

Oral / Written Statements:

All persons, organizations, corporations, and governmental agencies that may be affected by the proposed amendments will have an opportunity to make an oral statement at the Public Hearings and/or file a written statement. It is not necessary to file a written statement or request in order to appear or make a statement at the hearing. Written statements received prior to, during, or after the hearing, and oral statements made at the hearing, will be given equal consideration. Written statements may be filed on or before May 17, 2008 addressed to:

Ms. Jamie Woodall
Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety
Division of Water
NYS DEC
625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3504
E-mail: jvwoodal@gw.dec.state.ny.us

If filing electronically, please include "comments on dam safety rule making" in the subject line.

Environmental and Regulatory Impact Review:

The Department has determined that the proposed revisions will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Department has prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (RFA) for small businesses and local governments, a Rural Area Flexibility Analysis (RAFA), and a Job Impact Statement (JIS), under the State Administrative Procedures Act.

Available Documents:

A single paper copy of the documents may be obtained free of charge by emailing or writing to Ms. Jamie Woodall at the above address.

A single copy on CD may be obtained free of charge by emailing or writing to Ms. Jamie Woodall the above address.

These documents are also available on the Department website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/39559.html.

All documents may be reviewed at any of the following Department offices:

DEC Region 1: SUNY @ Stony Brook, 50 Circle Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790 - 3409 (Attn: Eric Star; Phone: (631) 444-0423)

DEC Region 2: 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. (Attn: Robert Elburn, Phone: (718) 482-4930)

DEC Region 3: 21 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 (Attn: John Sansalone, Phone: (845) 256-3019)

DEC Region 3 Sub-Office: 100 Hillside Ave., Suite 1W, White Plains, NY 10603. (Attn: Tom Rudolph, (914) 428-2505)

DEC Region 4: 1130 N. Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306 (Attn: Tom Blanchard, Phone: (518) 357-2379)

DEC Region 5: 1115 NYS Rt. 86, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977 (Attn: Dominic Fontana, Phone: (518) 897-1243)

DEC Region 5 Sub-Office: 232 Hudson St, Warrensburg, NY 12885 (Attn: Bill Wasilauski, Phone: (518) 623-1200)

DEC Region 6: 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 (Attn: Steve Botsford, Phone: (315) 785-2513)

DEC Region 7: 615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204 (Attn: James Burke, Phone: (315) 426-7506)

DEC Region 8: 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414 (Attn: Dixon Rollins, Phone: (585) 226-5450)

DEC Region 8 Horseheads Suboffice: 276 Sing Sing Road, Suite 1, Horseheads, NY 14845 (Attn: Flood Control Engineer, Phone: (607) 739-0809)

DEC Region 9: 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203 (Attn: Jerry Palumbo, Phone: (716) 851-7070)

Authority:

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is conducting this legislative public hearing pursuant to section 3-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announces availability of more than 1.2 million in Environmental Justice Grants.

Funding for Communities to Assess and Address Environmental Harm and Risk

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is now accepting applications for Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants to help neighborhood organizations address local environmental concerns.

The grants are being made available to local community organizations in neighborhoods historically overburdened by a higher density of contaminated sites, air pollution, water pollution, noise, lack of green open space and waterfront access, related public health impacts, and reduced quality of life, as compared to other communities in New York State. Eligible grant projects must address environmental or related human health problems in the community and educate community residents.

Grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000. In 2006 and 2007, nearly $300,000 was awarded to organizations throughout the state for projects such as green rooftops, contaminated site inventories, air monitoring, community gardens, childhood lead poisoning education programs, and many other projects. For this grant cycle, more than $1.2 million in grant funding is available.

Grant applications are available from the NYS DEC Office of Environmental Justice by calling 1-866-229-0497 or by visiting the DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31226.html. Grant writing workshops will be scheduled throughout New York State. Please consult the DEC website for workshop dates and locations, frequently asked questions, and other information.

For technical assistance or general application questions, contact: Monica Kreshik, Environmental Justice Coordinator, or Doug Morrison, Environmental Program Specialist, at the DEC Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York, 12233-1500. Toll free: 1-866-229-0497, Phone: (518) 402-8556, E-mail: ej@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



  • Contact for this Page
  • Division of Environmental Permits
    625 Broadway, 4th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-1750
    518-402-9167
    Send us an email
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions