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ENB - Statewide Notices 5/16/2012

Public Notice

Municipalities and Owners/Operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems

New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

Draft Amendment No. 2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 Intended Use Plan

FFY 2012 Readiness List Project Amendments:

Pomfret (T), Chautauqua County SRF# 17637- Increase IUP listed cost to $4,682,100
Sandy Creek (T), Oswego County SRF# 17625- Increase IUP listed cost to $13,995,000

The New York State Department of Health 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.


Public Review and Comment on Draft Amendment No. 2

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) will accept comments on Amendment No. 2 to the FFY 2012 DWSRF IUP by mail, fax or email until 4:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday May 30, 2012.

Comments should be addressed to:

Michael Montysko
NYS Department of Health - Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax: 518-402-7659
E-mail: bpwsp@notes.health.ny.us (please reference "IUP amendment comment in the subject line)


This notice announces the opportunity for commercial vessel operators, port operators, boat pumpout facility operators, sewage removal companies, and other stakeholders to provide information to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) regarding the adequacy of available pumpout facilities and other options for the removal of sewage from commercial vessels that use Great Lakes Waters (Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River). This information will be useful in the establishment of vessel waste No Discharge Zones NDz) in coastal waters of New York not already covered by NDZ designations. Comments and information regarding this solicitation will be accepted for 45 days, through June 22, 2012.

Background: Vessel waste NDZ designations are a key component of a larger strategy for protecting all coastal waters of New York State. A NDZ designation means that it is illegal for boaters to discharge on-board sewage into the designated waterbody. This includes treated sewage, as well as untreated sewage. Boaters must instead dispose of their sewage at pump-out stations.

Sewage from boats often contains harmful levels of pathogens and chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols and chlorine, which harm water quality, pose a risk to people's health, and impair marine life and habitats. Federal law prohibits the discharge of untreated boat sewage within most navigable waters of the United States. To take water quality protection a step further, NYS DEC and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are working to prohibit sewage discharges to New York's coastal waters and navigable connecting waterways - which are not covered by the federal law - by designating them as No Discharge Zones (NDZs).

In 2010, NYS DEC and USEPA announced a joint initiative to establish NDZs in the remaining coastal waters and navigable connecting waterways of New York State. Since then, NDZ designations have been established for the New York State Canal Systems, the New York portion of Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay, and the New York portion of Lake Ontario. The remaining coastal waters without NDZs are Lake Erie, Saint Lawrence River, New York Harbor waters, and easternmost Long Island South Shore.

Approval of petitions for these remaining waters would complete the goal of NDZs in all coastal New York waterways.

Information Requested: Establishing an NDZ requires a determination that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels (both recreational and commercial) are reasonably available for proposed NDZ waters. While information regarding pumpout facilities for recreational vessel is generally available, similar information for commercial vessels can be more difficult to come by.

Therefore, NYS DEC is soliciting additional information from commercial vessel operators, port operators, boat pumpout facility operators, sewage removal companies, and other stakeholders regarding the adequacy of available pumpout facilities and other options for the removal of sewage from commercial vessels that use the New York State portions of Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River. (Information regarding commercial vessels in New York Harbor will also be accepted, however efforts to establish an NDZ in New York Harbor will be coordinated through the NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program.)

Specifically of interest to NYS DEC:

  • How many commercial vessels that would require pumpout facilities operate in the New York State portion of Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River?
  • How much sewage do these vessels typically hold, individually and collectively? How often do these vessels need to discharge sewage, and where do they currently do so?
  • What are the most common routes of travel in these waters and where do these vessels typically dock?
  • Are sewage pumpout trucks generally available to serve commercial vessels on the New York side of Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River and if so, how many such services are there?
  • Are sewage pumpout boats available to serve commercial vessels in those waters, and if so how many of them and where do they operate?
  • Regarding the pumpout trucks and vessels, above, what is their sewage holding capacity, how long does it take to pump the full capacity of each vehicle, and how much does the service cost?
  • Are there any constraints on the ability for commercial vessels in these waters to use either pumpout trucks or pumpout boats to discharge their sewage? If so, please explain.

Please forward responses to this solicitation to: Jeff Myers, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, E-mail: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Additional information regarding vessel waste NDZs in New York State can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/73875.html.

Note that this is not a formal public notice and comment, and any findings developed through this process, as well as any proposed determination by USEPA on NYS DEC petitions to establish future NDZs, will be subject to formal public notice and comment before being made final, and the failure to submit information in response to this request will not preclude any interested party from commenting on any findings contained in a proposed determination.

Contact: Jeff Myers, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8251, E-mail: jamyers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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