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ENB - Statewide Notices 01/27/2010

Public Notice

Meeting Notice

The East-of-Hudson Sporting Advisory Committee (SAC) reviews and makes recommendations to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) for appropriate recreational uses such as fishing, hiking and hunting for properties acquired under the City's Land Acquisition program. It also allows SAC members to bring local community concerns and preferences to the attention of NYC DEP staff.

Meeting of: The New York City Watershed Protection and Partnership Council East of Hudson Sporting Advisory Committee.

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

Location and Contact:

Lisa Melville
New York State Deparment of State
The Watershed Protection and Partnership Council Offices
2 John Walsh Boulevard, Suite 206
Peekskill, New York 10566
Phone: (914) 734-1347

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 NYS DEC 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 Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity Permit No. GP-0-10-001.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has renewed the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activity, GP-0-10-001.

The General Permit (formerly GP-08-001) has been re-titled GP-0-10-001 and shall be effective from January 29, 2010 to January 28, 2015. Exclusion criteria are contained in the permit that identify when use of the General Permit is not permissible.

A notice of draft permit was previously published in the ENB on October 28, 2009. This project (permit renewal) is an Unlisted Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. A Negative Declaration is on file for SPDES General Permit for Construction GP-0-10-001. A coordinated review was not performed in accordance with 6NYCRR Part 617.6(b)(4).

Copies of the final permit, Fact Sheet, Responsiveness Summary and applicable forms will be available on the Department's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43133.html beginning on January 29, 2010. If you would like a copy of one of these documents ahead of this date, please contact Barbara Horton using the contact information below:

Barbara Horton
NYS DEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3505
Phone: (518) 402 -8111
E-mail: bjhorton@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This general permit authorizes discharges of stormwater from construction activities that are required to obtain coverage in accordance with the Environmental Conservation Law.

All permittees with coverage under GP-0-08-001, as of the effective date of GP-0-10-001, will be authorized to discharge in accordance with GP-0-10-001, unless otherwise notified by the NYS DEC. Applicants seeking new authorizations to discharge will be required to file a Notice of Intent to obtain such authorization.

The NYS DEC reserves the right to require any applicant seeking or maintaining coverage under GP-0-10-001 to apply for an individual SPDES permit.

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