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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/8/2012

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.


Final Amendment No. 1 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 Intended Use Plan

Draft Amendment #1 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued October 1, 2011 was published in the January 18, 2012 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #1 closed on February 1, 2012. The New York State Department of Health received no public comments pertaining to this amendment. Therefore, the amendment to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan is final as shown below:

FFY 2012 Readiness List Project Amendments:

Angelica (V), Allegany County SRF# 17621- Increase IUP listed cost to $1,216,320
Ashford (T), Cattaraugus County SRF# 17589-Change borrower to W. Valley Crystal Water Co.
Brockton (V), Chautauqua County SRF# 17622- Increase IUP listed cost to $3,295,000
Coxsackie (V), Greene County SRF# 17444- Increase IUP listed cost to $3,833,065
Hunter (V), Greene County SRF# 17496- Increase IUP listed cost to $2,209,000
Kingston (C), Ulster County SRF# 18058- Increase IUP listed cost to $780,000

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has determined that the project amendments are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept and the scope of the projects has not changed. The cost increases are the result of higher than expected bids, additional required work, revised engineering estimates or combinations thereof. The project priority rankings above the funding line were not altered and the project amendments will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted changes, there are no other changes to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.

Contact: Michael Montysko, NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400, Troy, New York 12180-2216, Phone: (518) 402-7650.


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