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ENB - Statewide Notices 02/17/2010

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 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.


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