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ENB - Statewide Notices 7/23/2008

Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regions 3, 4, 5 and 6

Counties: All Forest Preserve Counties

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Title: Change In Location For Forest Preserve TRP Applications

Contact Person: Peter J. Frank, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Forest Preserve Management

Address: NYS DEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4254

Phone: (518) 473-9518
Fax: (518) 402-9028

Project Location: All Forest Preserve lands

Project Description: Requests for public comments regarding TRP applications currently under review by DEC will be migrated from the ENB to the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/34466.html.

This change will take effect July 30, 2008.


Public Comment on Draft Commissioner Order under VTL 2405

Note: This notice also ran in the July 16, 2008 ENB under Statewide Notices

SEQR Status: Unlisted action - Negative Declaration issued

DEC Region: 6

County: Jefferson County

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Title: Draft Commissioner Order to open to ATV traffic specified sections of NYS DEC roads.

Project Description: Draft Commissioner Order to authorize NYS DEC Region 6 staff to post as open to all terrain vehicles (ATV) traffic a 1.1 mile section of Hessel Road (also know as the Remington Truck Road) from the Wart-Van Wormer intersection to the Brown Road Extension and a 0.7 mile section of Wart Road (also know as the Blood Truck Road). Both of these sections of road are located in the Winona State Forest, which is under the Department's jurisdiction. This draft Commissioner Order is in accordance with Vehicle and Traffic Law Order Section 2405(1) and 6 NYCRR 190.8(m).

Public Comment: NYS DEC shall accept public comment on this draft order through Friday, July 31, 2008. A copy of the draft order and respective negative declaration can be obtained from the contact person listed below.

Contact Person:
Fred Munk
NYS DEC
Region 6 Lowville Sub-office
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-3521


Availability for Comment on Draft TMDLs

This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address each of four specific waterbodies:

Lake Oscawana, Putnam County
Cossayuna Lake, Washington County
Lake Salubria, Steuben County
Findley Lake, Chautauqua County

These are lakes that are impaired by phosphorus. Public comment on these documents will be accepted for 30 days, through August 22, 2008.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementing regulations (40 CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

The proposed phosphorus TMDLs for Cossayuna Lake, Lake Salubria and Findley Lake will rely on the elimination of loading from on-site septic systems to address existing water quality impairments while the Lake Oscawana TMDL will focus on reductions from developed land regulated under the general permit for stormwater (MS4 program).

Information: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be found on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html#small, or by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: dmwicker@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Comments should be sent, written or via email, to the same addresses. Comments received by COB August 22, 2008 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDLs to the EPA for approval.


Municipalities and Owners/Operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems

New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

Draft Amendment #4 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 28, 2007 was published in the June 25, 2008 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #4 closed on July 10, 2008. The New York State Department of Health received no public comments pertaining to this amendment. Therefore, the amendment to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan is final as shown below:

"The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) amended the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 28, 2007 to adjust the estimated project cost for one DWSRF project listed on the Project Readiness List. The explanation of the reason for the cost revision is included in the table below:

Borrower County Project Description DWSRF # Current IUP Cost Proposed IUP Cost Explanation
(T) Huron Wayne SWTR Compliance Facility, Extend Distribution System, System Consolidation 16917 $0 $60,400 Previously closed on Short Term financing in amount of $821,100. Borrower needs $881,500 for Long Term financing to refinance USDA RD funding.

The Department has determined that the revised project cost increase is necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the project has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. The project cost increase 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."

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


Negative Declaration

Chenango, Delaware, Lewis, Oneida, Onondoga, Orange and Otsego Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Control of Japanese Knotweed on Various Reforestation Stands will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves herbicide applications to reduce undesirable understory vegetation (Japanese Knotweed) to allow the natural regeneration of desired species such as red oak, white oak, chestnut oak, sugar maple, and red maple. The action is to take place between July 15 - September 30, over a two year period on multiple sites, ranging in size from 0.01 - 5.6 acres, but totaling less than 25 acres. Impact on public health is minimal. Personnel will be equipped with safety equipment. The application will follow label instructions minimizing risk to both the applicant and the environment. The project is located on Reforestation Area No(s): Orange 4; Onondaga 1; Lewis 13, 16, 19; Chenango 1, 26, 35; Delaware 2, 7; Otsego 7, 9, 18; Oneida-Lewis 1; Oneida 4, 8, 16, 20; in the Towns of New Windsor, Salem, Fabius, Diana, Harrisburg, Smithville, McDonough, Masonville, Deposit, Butternuts, Roseboom, Milford, Lewis, Sangerfield, Steuben, Florence, and Lee.

Contact: Dave Forness, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4255, Phone: (518) 402-9428.


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