ENB - Region 8 Notices 07/07/2010
Availability for Comment on Draft TMDLs
This notice announces the availability of a Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address each of two specific waterbodies:
Port Bay, Wayne County
Silver Lake, Wyoming County
These are lakes that are impaired by phosphorus. Public comment on these documents will be accepted for 30 days, through August 5, 2010.
Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.
The proposed phosphorus TMDLs for Port Bay and Silver Lake will rely on voluntary load reduction efforts from the agricultural community to address existing water quality impairments.
Copies of the proposed draft plans can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html#Small, or by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at (518) 402-8179, or via email at email@example.com. Comments should be sent, written or via email, to the same addresses. Comments received by COB August 5, 2010 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDLs to the EPA for approval.
Contact: Debbie Wickert, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ontario County - The Town of Geneva, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Geneva Modified Water District No. 12 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of watermain and a watermain connection. A total of 17,650 linear feet of watermain will be installed. In addition to the watermain, improvements include fire hydrants, valves, connection to the existing watermain, residential hook-ups, excavation and bedding materials, and surface restoration. Residents in this area of the Town of Geneva are dependent upon individual groundwater supplies that historically have produced very low yields of poor quality water. The project is located along portions of Pre-Emption Road, Hastings Road, Braewood Lane and Healey Road in the Town of Geneva, New York.
Contact: Mary Luckern, Town of Geneva, 3750 County Road 6, Geneva, NY 14456, Phone: (315) 789-3922, E-mail: email@example.com.
Livingston, Schuyler and Steuben Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Site Preparation - Various Reforestation Stands will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a herbicide application to reduce undesirable understory vegetation (Japanese Knotweed) to allow the natural regeneration of desired species such as red oak, white oak, chestnut oak, sugar maple, and red maple. The action is to take place between June 1 and November 1 on multiple sites, ranging in size from 0.1 - 4 acres, but totaling less than 25 acres. Impact on public health is minimal, personnel will be equipped with safety equipment with all label instructions for the application which will minimize risk. The project is located in New York State at the following State Reforetation Areas number: Steuben-Schuyler 1; Steuben 7, 8, 15; Schuyler 1, 2, 98; and Livingston 3, 93; in the Towns of Bradford, Bath, Campbell, Dansville, Groveland, Hornby, Hornellsville, Mount Morris, Orange, Reading, Tyrone, Urbana, Wayne, West Sparta; and the Villages of Watkins Glenn and Montour Falls.
Contact: Andrew Drake, NYS DEC - Region 8 Bath Sub-Office, 7291 Coon Road, Bath, NY 14810-9728, Phone: (607) 776-2165, ext 25.
Wayne County - The Town of Huron, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Huron Water District No. 6 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the creation of the Town of Huron Water District No. 6 to serve the western shore of Sodus Bay, including the Lake Bluff area, LeRoy Island, the Sunset View area and the Bonnie Castle area. A total of approximately 57,500 linear feet of watermain will be installed, primarily along the road rights-of-way, but also along easements on private roads or across properties between roadways. In addition to the watermain, the project includes hydrants, valves, road crossings, excavation and bedding materials, watermain connections, residential hook-ups, and surface restoration. Residents in this area are dependent upon individual groundwater supplies that historically have produced very low yields of poor quality water. The project is located along portions of Lake Bluff Road, LeRoy Island Road, Garner Road, Owens Shore Road, Tosch Road, Sunset View Road, Sunset Lane, Bonnie Castle Road, Lummisville Road and Sloop Landing Road in the Town of Huron, New York.
Contact: Laurie Crane, Town of Huron, 10880 Lummisville Road, Wolcott, New York, 14590, Phone: (315) 594-8074, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.