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ENB - Region 8 Notices 10/19/2011

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft Water Quality Restoration Strategy (WQRS)

This notice announces the availability of Draft (WQRS) documents proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address:

Lower Black Creek, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties
Upper Black Creek, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties
Upper Oak Orchard Creek, Genesee County

Lower Black Creek, Upper Black Creek and Upper Oak Orchard Creek are impaired by phosphorus.

Public comment on these documents will be accepted for 30 days, through November 18, 2011.

Public meetings to present these Draft WQRS will be held on:

Oak Orchard Creek: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices, 12690 NYS Route 31, Albion, NY

Upper and Lower Black Creek: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village of Churchville, Village Offices, 23 East Buffalo Street, Churchville, NY

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to study further, delist or develop Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans for water bodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. A WQRS was developed in lieu of a TMDL for these waters, because NYS DEC has yet to promulgate a target criterion for phosphorus in flowing waters. A WQRS provides quantitative guidance for watershed planning and implementation of measures to restore water quality. The WQRS quantifies the current pollutant loadings from all major sources (e.g. point sources, non-point sources and natural background) and uses several scenarios to determine the impact on water quality of applying Best Management Practice (BMPs) scenarios within the watershed. The WQRS is used to identify the most cost-effective BMPs to guide management decisions and the allocation of resources in order to improve the water quality of these waters.

The WQRS found that more than half of the phosphorus in each of these watersheds was attributable to agricultural sources. Restoration strategies will rely upon voluntary practices to reduce the amount of phosphorus released from agricultural lands. In Upper Oak Orchard Creek, implementation of the suggested BMPs will yield half of the needed reduction. It is deemed prudent to implement the cost-effective BMPs first and monitor the water quality impact before implementing less effective and higher cost BMPs. In all of the watersheds an adaptive management approach is suggested which includes monitoring water quality impacts to determine if more needs to be done.

Information: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be found on the Center for Environmental Information website at: http://www.ceinfo.org/loci/tmdl.php or by contacting: Ron Entringer, NYS DEC - Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8176, E-mail: raentrin@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Comments should be sent, written or via email, to the above address. Comments received by close of business November 18th, 2011 will be considered prior to completing the final WQRS.

Contact: Ron Entringer, NYS DEC - Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8176, E-mail: raentrin@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Negative Declaration

Ontario County - The Farmington Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Farmington Town Highway Campus Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal to develop of a new highway campus on a 44.4 acre parcel of land. The campus will include a 48,500 square foot highway garage with offices, restrooms, break room, repair garage and in-door parking for Town Highway Equipment. There will also be a 20,000 square foot cold storage building, a fuel dispensing island, on-site employee and highway equipment parking, storm water facilities, aggregate storage areas, access roads, two highway department salt storage buildings, aggregate storage areas for highway materials, railroad team track and a rail spur with unloading platform. The project is located along the east side of Hook Road, just north of the Ontario Central Railroad lands and south of the New York State Thruway (I-90) in the Town of Farmington, New York.

Contact: Ronald L. Brand, Town of Farmington, 1000 County Road 8, Farmington, New York 14425, Phone: (315) 986-8189.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Monroe County - The City of Rochester Office of the Mayor, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Port of Rochester Public Marina and Mixed Use Development Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on November 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY 14614. Prior to the meeting you are invited to view Project Display Boards in the Rochester City Hall Atrium beginning at 5:30 p.m. City of Rochester staff and project consultants will be available to answer questions. The project will be presented formally at the Public Hearing prior to hearing comments. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on November 18, 2011. Copies of the Draft EIS are available for review at the following locations:

On line: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/marina/

Rochester City Clerk's Office (Room #300A) and in the Department of Environmental Services (Room 300B)
Rochester City Hall
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614
During business hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Rochester Central Library
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
During regular library hours.

Charlotte Library
3615 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14612
During regular library hours.

The action involves a redevelopment project to include the enactment of a new form based zoning code; creation of new parkland which will feature a marina basin and perimeter promenade within the Port site; installation of new and realignment of existing streets and infrastructure; demolition and relocation of the Ontario Beach Park Labor Center; relocation of the public boat launch; sale of publicly owned lands for private mixed use development; alienation of parkland; creation of a scenic overlook; and new public access to the Genesee Charlotte Historic Lighthouse. The project is located within the area bound by Ontario Beach Park, the Genesee River, (and along the riverfront to Latta Road), and by Lake Avenue (and along Lake Avenue at 4576 and 4580 Lake Avenue) in the City of Rochester, New York.

Contact: Mark Gregor, City of Rochester, City Hall, 30 Church Street, Room 300 B, Rochester, NY 14614, Phone: (585) 428-6732.

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