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ENB - Region 4 Notices 2/13/2013

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:

Basic Creek Reservoir, Albany County

Basic Creek Reservoir is impaired for phosphorus. Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through close of business March 11, 2013.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US 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.

The phosphorus TMDL for Basic Creek Reservoir will primarily rely upon voluntary load reduction efforts from the agricultural community. To a lesser degree some reductions are also anticipated through the general conservation legislation that has resulted in revised detergent and fertilizer phosphorous laws that impact generally developed inhabited areas. Inclusion of this watershed into the Appendix C of the Stormwater General Permit is also introduced as an option if needed to make progress. Reductions from these sources are necessary to address the existing water quality impairment caused by excessive phosphorus loads.

Information: Copies of the proposed Draft TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html, or by contacting Edward Anna at NYS DEC - Bureau of Water Resource Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, or by phone at (518) 402-8245, or via email at emanna@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Parties interested in meeting with NYS DEC personnel regarding the Draft TMDL document should contact Edward Anna via phone or at any of the addresses above to request a meeting. Comments on the Draft TMDL document should be sent, written or email, to the same address. Comments received by close of business March 11, 2013 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDL to the EPA for approval.

Contact: Edward Anna, NYS DEC - Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, Phone: (518) 402-8245, E-mail: emanna@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Shandaken SPDES Semi-Annual Meeting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) is pleased to announce that the next semi-annual public meeting, held per the Shandaken SPDES permit, will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, at the Shandaken Town Hall, 7209 Route 28, Shandaken, NY. NYC DEP will discuss the progress of activities conducted pursuant to the SPDES permit.

The meeting is open to the public and public input is welcome.

For further information, please contact:

Kimberlee Kane
NYC DEP
465 Columbia Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: (914) 773-4473
E-mail: kkane@dep.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration

Columbia County - The Town Board of the Town of Ancram, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Updates to the Zoning Ordinance will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed adoption of an updated Town of Ancram Zoning Ordinance governing the use of land in the town. The project is located throughout the Town of Ancram, New York.

Contact: Art Bassin, Town of Ancram, 1416 County Route 7 Ancram, NY 12502, Phone: (518) 329-6512.


Greene County - The Town of Greenville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Extension and Improvement for Sewer District No 1 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the establishment of an extension to the existing Greenville Sewer District #1 and upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant. The project is located within the Town of Greenville, New York.

Contact: Paul Macko, Town of Greenville, 11159 NYS Route 32, PO Box 38, Greenville, NY 12083, Phone: (518) 966-5055, E-mail: pmackogrsuper@aol.com.


Rensselaer County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Troy Sand and Gravel Inc., Cammerota Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the a mine-through (removal of a ridge) between the Cammerota Mine and Dyer Lease Pit to create a more uniform grade at final reclamation. The project is located Allen Road in the Town of Schaghticoke, New York.

Contact: Nancy M Baker, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2452, E-mail: nmbaker@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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