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ENB - Region 7 Notices 3/28/2012

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL

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 the following waterbody:

Onondaga Lake, Onondaga County

Onondaga Lake is impaired by phosphorus. Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through April 27, 2012.

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.

A phosphorus TMDL for Onondaga Lake was issued in 1998. Additional monitoring data and improved numerical models have been used to develop the proposed Draft TMDL. The phosphorus TMDL for Onondaga Lake will require permit limits on wastewater treatment plants, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), reductions from Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) systems and voluntary load reduction efforts from the agricultural community and developed lands to address existing phosphorus water quality impairment.

Information: Copies of the proposed Draft TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67594.html, or by contacting Steve Gladding at NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, or by phone at (518) 402-8207, or via e-mail at smgladdi@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Parties interested in meeting with NYS DEC personnel regarding the Draft TMDL document should contact Steve Gladding via phone or at any of the addresses above to request a meeting. Comments on the Draft TMDL document should be sent, written or e-mailed, to the same address. Comments received by close of business April 27, 2012 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDL to the EPA for approval.

Contact: Steve Gladding, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, Phone: (518) 402-8207, E-mail: smgladdi@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RA # 26, Stands A-8.1 and 8.5, Genegantslet State Forest 2011 Herbicide Application for Beech Sapling and Fern Control will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of herbicide(s) on 50 acres of the Genegantslet State Forest within stands A-8.1 & 8.5. for the purpose of controlling American beech saplings, hayscented fern, and New York fern. The dominance of this vegetation in the forest understory prevents adequate regeneration of desirable tree species from becoming established. The reduction of this interfering vegetation will allow the natural regeneration of desirable tree species including black cherry, white ash, sugar maple and red maple seedlings. Repeat applications may be necessary to achieve acceptable success rates. The project is located on Chenango Reforestation Area # 26, Genegantslet State Forest, Stands A-8.1 and 8.5, located in the Town of McDonough, New York. Access is from Chestnut Road.

Contact: Andrew Goeller, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub-Office, Division of Lands & Forests, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4036 extension 612.

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