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Public Notices

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 rain gardens. Additionally, $1000 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 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.

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 DEC web site: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5285.html or by contacting Urban Forestry, Division of Lands and Forests, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4253, or by phone at (518) 402-9425.

2008 Hudson River Estuary Grants Under the NYS Environmental Protection Fund

Eligible Applicants are Municipalities and Not-for-Profit Corporations Located Within the Geographic Boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary and Associated Shore lands.

Applications will be accepted through June 27, 2008 for grant funding under the Hudson River Estuary Grant program. Anticipated grant funds from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2008-09, is a minimum of $1 million. This is a competitive grant program and projects must implement priorities identified in DEC's Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2005-2009 (Revised 2007). The Agenda establishes goals and targets for accomplishments which can be celebrated in 2009 during the Hudson/Fulton/Champlain Quadricentennial (http://www.exploreny400.com/). Projects must help achieve or support the goals of the Estuary Action Agenda in one of the following five categories: Community Interpretive Centers and Education; Open Space Planning and Acquisition; Community-based Habitat Conservation and Stewardship; Watershed Planning and Implementation; and Hudson River Access. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the geographic boundaries of the Hudson River estuary and associated shore lands. State assistance may fund up to 75 percent of the total project cost. The matching share to be provided by the recipient is 25 percent.

Applications are available on-line and can be downloaded and filled in at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/ or for a copy of the application you may contact: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8996.

Notice of Availability of a Draft Annual Report by the New York State Department of Transportation

This notice announces the availability of a Draft Annual Report by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-02-02. The Draft Annual Report documents NYS DOT's Stormwater Management Program for the Reporting Period of March 10, 2007 to March 9, 2008.

The NYS DOT is making this draft document available for public comment for a period of 30 days, ending May 23, 2008. Interested parties may provide their comments to NYS DOT via the mail or e-mail to be considered in finalizing the document.

Background: SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-02-02, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures. This public notice serves to comply with NYSDOT's "Public Involvement/Participation" Minimum Control Measure.

Information: Copies of the Draft Annual Report can be obtained by contacting the NYS DOT Environmental Science Bureau by mail at POD 41, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, Phone: (518) 457-5672. Printed copies of the Annual Report will be available for review at all 11 Regional NYS DOT Offices. The Annual Report is also available on the NYSDOT Stormwater Management webpage during the comment period at:

Mail comments to:
David R. Graves, New York State Department of Transportation, Environmental Science Bureau, POD 41, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, E-mail: Stormwater@dot.state.ny.us - Subject Line: Comments - Draft Annual Report

Draft Amendment # 3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 28, 2007 Municipalities and Owners/Operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 28, 2007 to adjust the estimated project costs for four DWSRF projects listed on the Project Readiness List. The explanations of the reasons for the project cost revisions are included in the table below:

Borrower County Project Description DWSRF # Current IUP Cost Proposed IUP Cost Explanation
Wilmington (T) Essex Surface Water Treatment Rule compliance facility, upgrade transmission, new storage, upgrade distribution system, system consolidation 17052 $2,065,338 $2,465,338 The cost increase is to remove a $400,000 grant which was incorrectly included in the project budget estimates.
Minerva (T) Essex New ground water source, upgrade distribution system, new system consolidation 15829 $88,000 $150,000 The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project cost estimate by the engineer.
Chesterfield (T) Essex Surface Water Treatment Rule compliance facility, new groundwater source, new storage 17388 $3,633,268 $4,512,923 The cost increase is a result of an update of the original project cost estimate by the engineer.
Shuylerville-Victory JWC Saratoga New Surface Water Treatment Rule Compliance Facility, New Groundwater Source, Upgrade Distribution System 15085 $ 0 $ 710,000 Additional financing requested for long term financing due to cost overruns during project construction. The Current IUP cost is zero since it reflects the amount not financed through Short Term Financing at the time of the IUP printing.

The Department has determined that the revised project cost increases are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original projects' concepts. In addition, the scope of the projects has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. The projects' cost increases will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted change, there are no other changes to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings."

Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost revisions will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on May 8, 2008 and should be filed with:

Mr. Victor E. Pisani.
Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax: (518) 402-7659

The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOH's toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.

Public Notice for Program Policy Review and Comment

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has prepared the draft Program Policy: Draft Solid Waste Management Facility Permitting Policy

This draft Program Policy clarifies the Department of Environmental Conservation's (Department's) procedures with regard to solid waste management facility permitting. The policy seeks to maximize the Department's use of the permitting process to facilitate comprehensive solid waste management planning and ensure best practices in solid waste management facility operations. It aims to increase materials recovery, reduce the environmental impact of waste management, reduce greenhouse gas generation, extend the useful life of the state's landfill capacity resources, and minimize landfill encroachment on the state's natural resources.

The Department has classified this action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (ECL Article 8; Part 617 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York) as an Unlisted action. The Department is the only involved agency.

The draft Program Policy and short-form environmental assessment form ("EAF") and Coastal Zone Management Assessment Form ("CAF") can be obtained from the Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7250, Phone: (518) 402-8651.

The Policy, and EAF and CAF are also available on the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/43377.html.

Written comments on the draft Program Policy and environmental assessments will be accepted for 30 days from the date of publication of this notice. Written comments should be addressed to Edwin Dassatti, Division Director, at the above-mentioned address.

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