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Public Notice

Notice of Availability of State and Federal Funds

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany NY 12233-4253

Municipal Governments, Public Benefit Corporations, Public Authorities, School Districts and Not-For-Profit Corporations.

Applications must be postmarked or delivered by 4:00 p.m. June 4, 2008 for urban and community forestry projects throughout neighborhoods and parks to provide environmental, economic, and social benefits; and improved quality of life for New York urban residents.

An anticipated $900,000 in grants will be available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Communities may request from $2,500 to $75,000, depending on municipal population, with a 50/50 match requirement. Eligible projects include tree inventories and management plans; tree and shrub planting and maintenance; and green infrastructure projects including green roofs and raingardens. Additionally, $1,000 Quick Start Arbor Day grants, with no match requirement will be available to help communities generate support for a tree program with an Arbor Day celebration. Funds are made available from the Environmental Protection Fund and will be managed and allocated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC).

Grant proposals should discuss the scope of work to be done, and how the project will provide environmental, economic, and/or social benefits in the community. In selecting sites, appropriate consideration should be given to under-served neighborhoods, as well as targeting environmental issues that could be addressed. Applicants are encouraged to form regional partnerships and submit proposals that help to implement watershed protection and Smart Growth initiatives with green solutions.

NYS DEC foresters are available to provide applicants with technical assistance. DEC staff will review the completed grant applications and choose recipients based on established rating criteria. Proposals will be evaluated on their cost effectiveness, projected benefits, use of recommended standards in implementation, community outreach and education, support and regional impact.

Grant applications may be obtained on the NYS DEC web site: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/ or by contacting Urban Forestry, Division of Lands and Forests, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4253, or by phone at: (518) 402-9425.

Notice of Availability of FINAL Revised Program Policy for Making Changes to Selected Remedies (DER-2)

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has updated an existing program policy, which outlines DEC's procedures for when and how to make changes to selected remedies. This updated document is substantially the same as the existing document except that is has been expanded to apply to sites in all of the Division of Environmental Remediation's remedial programs. It also addresses how the newly promulgated Soil Cleanup Objectives (SCOs) in 6 NYCRR subpart 375-6 relate to changes to selected remedies.

The revised program policy states that changes to selected remedies can be considered when DEC becomes aware of significantly new information between the time that the remedy is selected and implemented. It also describes three degrees of change - minor, significant, and fundamental, and contemplates similar procedures for all remedial programs for each degree of change. The processes to change a remedy will also be consistent with the processes used to select the remedy in each remedial program. The level of citizen participation required will be consistent with the requirements of each remedial program.

The draft policy was published in the December 12, 2007 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin, which announced a 30 day comment period pertaining to the proposed policy and the availability of the full text document for review. DEC received comments during this public comment period and prepared a responsiveness summary.

Pursuant to ECL §3-0301(2)(z), this program policy will become effective 30 days from the date of this publication.

The final Policy is available on DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2393.html. In addition, it can be obtained from Mr. Kevin Carpenter, Bureau of Technical Support, Division of Environmental Remediation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7020.

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