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ENB - Region 8 Notices 7/23/2008

Public Notice

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 NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html#small or by contacting the NYS DEC 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.

Negative Declaration

Orleans County - The Town of Murray, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment of the Town of Murray Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment of the Town of Murray Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the New York State Town Law. Social, economic and environmental data have been updated, land use goals and policies have been revised or added, implementation strategies have been modified and various maps have been updated. The amended plan will continue to be the basis for future land use decisions and directing future public improvements and investments. The project is located throughout the entire Town of Murray, New York.

Contact: Henry H. Lehning, Town of Murray, 3840 Fancher Road, Holley, NY 14470, Phone: (585) 638-6570.

Positive Declaration

Monroe County - The Planning Board of the Village of Spencerport, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Prusha Subdivision may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the creation of a three lot residential subdivision to contain an existing single family residential house along with two new single family houses, all with associated site changes. The project includes subdivision approval to establish new lots and site plan approval to engineer those lots and their relationship to adjoining and area properties The project is located at 48 Bauer's Cove adjacent to the Erie Canal a/k/a Barge Canal in the Village of Spencerport, New York.

Contact: Robert Garlick, Village of Spencerport, 27 West Avenue, Spencerport, NY 14559, Phone: (585) 352-4771.

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