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ENB - Statewide Notice 5/6/2009

Public Notice

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 30, 2008 to adjust the estimated project cost for one DWSRF project listed on the Project Readiness List. The explanation of the reason for the project cost revision is included in the table below:

Project Readiness List
Borrower County Project Description DWSRF#

Proposed IUP Cost Increase

Alexandria (T) Jefferson New system to serve area with private
contaminated wells and
consolidate public water supply
17045 $173,936 The cost increase is a result of an update to the original project cost estimate provided by the engineer and is based on the actual design and construction costs of the project.

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.

Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost revision will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on May 21, 2009 and should be filed with:

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

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.

State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Priority Ranking List 2009/2010

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is providing the Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS) priority rankings in conformance with section 17-0817(6) of the Environmental Conservation Law. The lists are based on a ranking system that prioritizes permits for full technical review and, when necessary, modification. The full technical review is conducted in one of nine regional offices or the central office, depending on the location of the discharge and whether the permit has been assigned to the central office based on United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) designation as a major discharge or state designation as a centralized significant industrial permit.

The EBPS priority ranking system should not be confused with the SPDES permit renewal process. Most permits are renewed prior to expiration by a separate administrative procedure. At times, these renewals will be delayed to address necessary modifications to the permit.

The 2009/2010 SPDES permit lists can be viewed at the NYS DEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6054.html. The lists are based on ranking scores and reflect the priority list for each office. The ranking scores are updated on a continuous basis due to the discovery of new information and the issuance of modifications that eliminate the factors which go into each score. Each of the ranking lists includes the factors that make up each of the scores for each of the permits on the lists. The top 10% of each list represents a workload objective during this fiscal year. Additional information describing the EBPS process follows the ranking lists, and is also available by contacting the Bureau of Water Permits at (518) 402-8111 or by e-mail at: bjhorton@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or at the address listed below.

Any interested party may provide, at any time, substantive comments requesting a change in a permit's rank based on the grounds that newly discovered material information exists; that a material change in environmental conditions has occurred; or that relevant technology or applicable law or regulations have changed since the issuance of the existing permit. All such requests shall be in writing and contain facts or reasons supporting the request. Comments must be sent to Director, Bureau of Water Permits, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505.

During the 2008/2009 permitting year, the NYS DEC had draft permits out for public comment for 13.4 percent of the 2008/2009 EBPS list. Of this 13.4 percent, 7.8 percent had final permits issued.

Funding is Available for Clean Water Act Section 604(b) Projects American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department or NYS DEC) announces the availability of funds for Water Quality Management proposals that promote regional comprehensive water quality management planning activities as described in Section 604(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act. The funds are a direct result of President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The ARRA provides $1.7 million to New York State for planning activities associated with Green Infrastructure, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Phase II Stormwater for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and Water Quality Management.

The 604(b) grants will fund up to 100% of the total project cost. The funding is for projects that are ready to proceed immediately. Projects that are awarded funding through this program must begin or have a signed contract by February 17, 2010. All work must be completed by February 17, 2012.

The list of eligible applicants and other specific information about the ARRA 604(b) funding can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/53122.html
Applications must be postmarked no later than July 10, 2009. No hand delivered, facsimile, or electronic applications will be accepted. Applications are to be submitted to:

Susan Van Patten
NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3507

Public Meeting Notice

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

The New York Invasive Species Advisory Committee is convening its third meeting on:

Thursday, May 14, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New York State Museum
7th Floor Librarian's Room
Madison Avenue (State Route 20)
Albany, NY

The Advisory Committee comprises representatives from 25 stakeholder organizations.

This meeting is open to the public.

Contact: James Hood, Chairman, c/o The Lake George Association, P.O. Box 408, Lake George, NY 12845, Phone: (518) 668-3558, E-mail: jhood@lakegeorgeassociation.org

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