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ENB - Statewide Notices 01/13/2010

Public Notice

This notice announces the availability of the Draft New York State 2010 Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and that require and are scheduled for development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 45 days, through February 26, 2010.

Background: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other more appropriate strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to maintain a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State waters. Two components of the CALM are also available for comment. The Assessment Methodology outlines how waters are evaluated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to determine the degree of use support, and the Listing Methodology outlines the criteria NYS DEC uses to determine what waters are to be included on the Section 303(d) List. These documents are intended to clarify the current and continuing approach to assessment and listing by New York State.

Information: Copies of the Draft New York State 2010 Section 303(d) List and/or the revised Assessment and Listing Methodologies are available on the NYSDEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Copies of the List and Methodologies 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. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by email to: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies should be mailed to Jeff Myers of the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management at the above address, or emailed to: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

State Park Acquisition Record and Document Review Project - Several State Parks under the jurisdiction of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) are located within the State Forest Preserve counties as identified in Environmental Conservation Law § 9-0101(6). Recently, members of the public and interest groups have requested that NYS OPRHP research the acquisition history of eight Parks within Forest Preserve counties but outside of the blue line, to determine if they are subject to the protections of Article XIV of the New York State Constitution. This document is the result of that research.

The document is available for review on NYS OPRHP's web site at: www.nysparks.state.ny.us/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx/.

Public comments will be accepted on the document until March 15, 2010. Comments can be sent to: Counsel@oprhp.state.ny.us.

Contact: Jeffrey Meyers, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 486-2921.

Notice of Public Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Climate Action Council will hold a public information and comment meeting on the state climate action planning process.

On August 6, 2009, Governor David A. Paterson signed Executive Order 24, setting a goal to reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent of their 1990 levels by 2050. The executive order also created the New York State Climate Action Council with a directive to prepare a draft climate action plan by September 30, 2010. The plan will assess how all economic sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, and identify the extent to which such actions support New York's goals for a clean energy economy.

At this initial public meeting in the climate action planning process, staff from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Center for Climate Strategies will describe the process the New York State Climate Action Council will use to develop the climate action plan. Staff will also describe ongoing New York State programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to unavoidable climate change. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the state's climate programs and the climate action planning process, and to express their comments.

All interested members of the public are invited to attend.

Further information, including the meeting agenda, will be available at www.nyclimatechange.us/ after January 11, 2010.

Date: Monday, January 25, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: State Museum Theater
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

Contact: Mark Lowery, NYS DEC - Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1030, Phone: (518) 402-8448, E-mail: climatechange@dec.ny.gov.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is extending the deadline for comments to be submitted on the draft revised chapters of the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual that were made available for review on November 11, 2009. The original deadline for comments was December 23, 2009 and later on extended until January 15, 2010. The new deadline for all the revised chapters of the Design Manual is February 3, 2010.

Copies of the draft revised chapters are available on NYS DEC's website: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.
Written comments on the draft revised chapters must now be submitted to the contact listed below by close of business February 3, 2010.

Shohreh Karimipour
NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3505
E-mail: sxkarimi@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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