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ENB - Statewide Notices 1/25/2012

Public Notice

Draft New York State 2012 Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters

This notice announces the availability of the Draft New York State 2012 Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and 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 March 2, 2012.

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 2012 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 e-mailed to: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Contact: Jeff Myers, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Extension of Public Comment Period on Proposed Water Withdrawal Regulations

6 NYCRR Parts 601 and 621

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Sections 3-0301(1)(f), 3-0301(2)(m), 3-0306(4), 8-0113(2), 70-0107; ECL article 15, titles 15, 16 and 33; ECL article 21 title 10; and ECL article 70.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is extending the public comment period for the proposed Water Withdrawal regulations that would replace 6 NYCRR Part 601 and revise 6 NYCRR Part 621. The extended comment period will close at 5:00 p.m., February 6, 2012. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making was made available for public comment when published in the November 23, 2011 State Register and subsequently posted on the NYS DEC website. Three public information sessions were held on December 6, 8 and 12, 2011 in New Paltz, West Henrietta and Albany, respectively.

Document Availability: The proposed regulations are available at the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/78258.html.

Comments: The public comment period will be open until 5:00 p.m., February 6, 2012.

Comments should be sent to: Robert Simson, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3500, E-mail: rjsimson@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

For Further Information:

Robert Simson
NYSDEC - Division of Water
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY, 12233-3500
Phone: (518) 402-8271


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