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ENB - Statewide Notices 7/8/2009

Public Notice

Funding Available for Clean Water Projects

Water Quality Improvement Projects Program - Round 10

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued application materials for use by municipalities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Not-for-Profit Corporations in applying for state assistance payments toward the cost of Water Quality Improvement Projects.

All project applications must be postmarked by October 16, 2009.

Eligible projects in Round 10 include:

• Municipal Wastewater Treatment for Cities and Hardship Communities
• Municipal Wastewater Treatment
• Municipal Wastewater Treatment for Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO)
• Statewide Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control
• Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Projects in Coastal Areas Focusing on Addressing Nitrogen and/or Pathogens
• Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Phase II Stormwater Implementation
• Water Quality Management
• Aquatic Habitat Restoration

NYS DEC will be making Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funding available from State Fiscal Years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 for the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) program. Eligible applicants may apply for state assistance for projects that address water quality concerns. If Bond Act or other funding becomes available, such additional funding may be used for projects received under this Request for Applications (RFA).

The application materials consist of:

(1) Round 10 Information for Applicants - this document contains information on applicant and project eligibility, evaluation factors, selection processes, state assistance payments and local share.

(2) Round 10 Application for State Assistance Payments that must be used to apply for water quality improvement projects.

Application materials for Water Quality Improvement Projects can be downloaded on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html. If you are unable to download the documents, contact NYS DEC at:

Water Quality Improvement Projects Program
NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-3507
Phone: (518) 402-8267


Data Solicitation for 2010 Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) List

Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act requires States to compile periodically (every two years) a list of impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards and where designated uses are not fully supported and where a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan is necessary to address the impairment. States are scheduled to submit their next Section 303(d) Lists to USEPA by April 1, 2010. To support the development of the Section 303(d) Lists, States are also required to assemble and evaluate existing and readily available water quality related data and information. New York State is currently soliciting and accepting water quality data and information that may be useful in compiling the 2010 Section 303(d) List.

Background: The water quality assessment of New York State's waters is a continuous process. Every year waters in two or three of the 17 drainage basins in the state are scheduled to be re-assessed. This rotating basin approach allows for a re-assessment of water quality of the entire state every five years. The assessment of these waters is a public process and participation and input from a wide range of state, federal and local agencies and non-governmental water quality partners (watershed groups, lake associations, academic researchers, etc.) is encouraged. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is able to effectively manage the statewide assessment process by focusing the effort on a limited number of specific drainage basins each year. Concentrating on a few basins each year allows NYS DEC to provide ample opportunity for the extensive list of interested groups to provide input and allows for a thorough evaluation of all available data.

However every two years, corresponding to the development of New York State's Section 303(d) List, the public is solicited to provide water quality data and information for any waterbody (any basin). This allows for a more comprehensive updating of the List. Some of the solicited data and information may result in changes to the List; other data, it may be determined, will have no impact on the List, but will be used during the subsequent water quality assessment for the corresponding basin during the reassessment cycle. Some of the data and information received during the solicitation may not be sufficiently conclusive to make a definitive impairment determination and will also be deferred until the more complete assessment of the corresponding basin is conducted.

In order to maintain an effective and comprehensive review of solicited data and information and insure the timely submittal of the List, it is necessary to establish a cut-off date for the receipt of water quality data and information. Therefore, in order to be included for full consideration in the compiling of the 2010 CWA Section 303(d) List, data and information must be received by September 30, 2009. It is not the intent of this cut-off date to exclude additional information. Rather the date is necessary in order to provide adequate time to review data and information, complete water quality assessments, receive and respond to public comment on the assessments, compile a draft Section 303(d) List, public notice the List, and submit a List to the United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) by April 1, 2010.

In order to facilitate the review and inclusion of water quality data and information to be considered in the compiling of the 2010 Section 303(d) List, such submissions should be accompanied by a completed Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) Assessment Worksheet. This worksheet allows for the capture of water quality information based on available data, or based on general observation of conditions and/or local knowledge of designated use support/non-support of a waterbody absent specific (numeric) monitoring data. Information regarding the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List, including the WI/PWL worksheet and instructions for completing the worksheet, can found on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/pwlwrksht.pdf (PDF, 243 Kb). Worksheet information can also be obtained by contacting the NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at: (518) 402-8179. Completed WI/PWL worksheets and supporting water quality monitoring data should be sent to the address above, or forwarded via email to: 4pwlinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Water quality data and information should also include a copy of the corresponding Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, QA/QC results summary and description of measures used in the collection of the data.

Guidance regarding the use of water quality data and information to conduct assessment and make listing decisions is outlined in the New York State Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology. These methodologies are available for review and NYS DEC will accept public comment on these documents throughout the 2010 Section 303(d) List development process. Additional information regarding Section 303(d) List development, including the Consolidated Assessment and Listing

Methodology can be found on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Additional information regarding the NYS DEC Water Quality Assessment Program, including the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List assessments and Section 305(b) water quality reporting can be found on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23852.html.

Contact: Jeff Myers, NYS DEC -Division of Water, Bureau of Water Assessment and Management, Water Quality Assessment Section, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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