ENB - Statewide Notices 8/28/2013
Data Solicitation for 2014 CWA Section 303(d) List
Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires States to compile periodically (every two years) a list of impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards and where designated uses are not fully supported and where a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan is necessary to address the impairment. States are scheduled to submit their next Section 303(d) Lists to USEPA by April 1, 2014. To support the development of the Section 303(d) Lists, States are also required to assemble and evaluate existing and readily available water quality related data and information. New York State is currently soliciting and accepting water quality data and information that may be useful in compiling the 2014 Section 303(d) List.
Background: The water quality assessment of New York State's waters is a continuous process. Every year waters in two or three of the 17 drainage basins in the state are scheduled to be reassessed. This rotating basin approach allows for a reassessment of water quality of the entire state every five years. The assessment of these waters is a public process and participation and input from a wide range of state, federal and local agencies and non governmental water quality partners (watershed groups, lake associations, academic researchers, etc.) is encouraged. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is able to effectively manage the statewide assessment process by focusing the effort on a limited number of specific drainage basins each year. Concentrating on a few basins each year allows NYS DEC to provide ample opportunity for the extensive list of interested groups to provide input and allows for a thorough evaluation of all available data.
However every two years, corresponding to the development of the State's Section 303(d) List, the public is solicited to provide water quality data and information for any waterbody (any basin). This allows for a more comprehensive updating of the List. Some of the solicited data and information may result in changes to the List; other data, it may be determined, will have no impact on the List, but will be used during the subsequent water quality assessment for the corresponding basin during the reassessment cycle. Some of the data and information received during the solicitation may not be sufficiently conclusive to make a definitive impairment determination and use of this data and information may also be deferred until the more complete assessment of the corresponding basin is conducted.
In order to maintain an effective and comprehensive review of solicited data and information and insure the timely submittal of the List, it is necessary to establish a cut off date for the receipt of water quality data and information. Therefore in order to be included for full consideration in the compiling of the 2014 CWA Section 303(d) List, data and information must be received by September 30, 2013. It is not the intent of this cut off date to exclude additional information. Rather the date is necessary in order to provide adequate time to review data and information, complete water quality assessments, receive and respond to public comment on the assessments, compile a draft Section 303(d) List, public notice the List, and submit a List to USEPA by April 1, 2014.
In order to facilitate the review and inclusion of water quality data and information to be considered in the compiling of the 2014 Section 303(d) List, such submissions should be accompanied by a completed Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) Assessment Worksheet. This worksheet allows for the capture of water quality information based on available data, or based on general observation of conditions and/or local knowledge of designated use support/non support of a waterbody absent specific (numeric) monitoring data. Information regarding the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List, including the WI/PWL worksheet and instructions for completing the worksheet, can found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23846.html. Worksheet information can also be obtained by contacting Jeff Myers at 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. Completed WI/PWL worksheets and supporting water quality monitoring data should sent to the address above, or forwarded via e-mail to: email@example.com. Water quality data and information should also include a copy of the corresponding Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, QA/QC results summary and description of measures used in the collection of the data.
Guidance regarding the use of water quality data and information to conduct assessment and make listing decisions is outlined in the New York State Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology. These methodologies are available for review and NYS DEC will accept public comment on these documents throughout the 2014 Section 303(d) List development process. Additional information regarding Section 303(d) List development, including the Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html.
Additional information regarding the NYS DEC Water Quality Assessment Program, including the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List assessments and Section 305(b) water quality reporting can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23852.html.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice Of Intent and Stormwater Management Plan for State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) (GP-0-10-002)
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Notice of Intent (NOI) to be covered under the MS4 Permit from the following entity:
Region 3 Orange County
MS4 Owner/Operator: Incorporated Village of South Blooming Grove
P.O. Box 295
Blooming Grove, NY,10914
The NOI is posted on: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.
In accordance with the MS4 permit (Part II.B), NYS DEC is providing an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the NOIs prior to authorization. Written comments on the NOIs and SWMP plan must be submitted to the following addresses within 28 days from this ENB posting (August 28, 2013).
a. E-mail: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov with subject heading "MS4 ENB Notice"
b. MS4 stormwater coordinators as identified in the NOI or SWMP
After the public comment period has expired, the NYS DEC may extend the public comment period, require submission of an application for an individual SPDES permit or alternative SPDES general permit, or accept the NOI or SWMP as complete.
Contact: David Follansbee, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8116, Fax: (518) 402-9029.
Notice of Change in Meeting Location Regarding the Availability of Preliminary Drafts for Public Consideration Regarding the Petroleum Bulk Storage and Chemical Bulk Storage Regulations
On July 31, 2013, notice was provided that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is providing Preliminary Drafts for Public Consideration of revised Petroleum Bulk Storage and Chemical Bulk Storage regulations for comment by stakeholders. In that notice, an announcement was made that a public information meeting will be held September 10, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in Albany to help the public understand the draft regulations, ask questions, and provide informal comments.
Due to increased interest in the public meeting, NYS DEC is changing the meeting location to a larger facility. The September 10, 2013 meeting will now be held at the New York State Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6, Albany, NY from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Directions to the New York State Empire State Plaza and parking information can be found on their website at: http://www.ogs.ny.gov/ESP/Directions.asp. NYS DEC staff will also be available after the meeting from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. to answer questions one-on-one.
To help NYS DEC prepare for the right number of attendees, please send an email to: email@example.com if you plan to attend this meeting, and please write "September 10 Public Meeting" in the subject line.
All documents and related information are available on NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92526.html. If you do not have internet access, please call (518) 402-9553.
Contact: Russ Brauksieck, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7020, Phone: (518) 402-9553, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipalities and Owners/Operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
Draft Amendment No. 4 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 Intended Use Plan
FFY 2013 Annual List Project Amendment:
Corinth (V), Saratoga County DWSRF#17623- - The project cost is amended from $7,502,000 to $9,000,000 to incorporate project updates made since the project was initially listed in 2008.
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has determined that the project amendments are necessary and reasonable. The project amendments will not adversely affect any project on the Intended Use Plan (IUP) Project Annual List above the funding line. Except for the above-noted changes, there are no other changes provided by this amendment to projects listed on the Project Annual List or to the project priority rankings.
Public Review and Comment on Draft Amendment No. 4
NYS DOH will accept comments on Amendment No. 4 to the FFY 2013 DWSRF IUP by mail, fax or email until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday September 11, 2013.
Comments should be addressed to:
NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Corning Tower Room 1135
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Fax: (518) 402-7599
E-mail: email@example.com (If sent by email please reference "IUP amendment comment" in the subject line)
Municipalities and Owners/Operators Of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
Final Amendment No. 3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 Intended Use Plan
FFY 2013 Readiness List Project Amendments:
Draft Amendment #3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan (IUP) issued October 1, 2012 was published in the August 7, 2013 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #3 closed on August 21, 2013. The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) 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:
Essex (T), Essex County DWSRF#17629 - The project cost is amended from $1,515,954 to $3,072,212 to incorporate project updates made since the project was initially listed in 2008.
Newport (V), Herkimer County DWSRF#17552 - The project cost is amended from $2,175,000 to $2,400,000 to incorporate project updates made since the project was initially listed in 2006.
NYS DOH has determined that the project amendments are necessary and reasonable. 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 as a result of this amendment.
Contact: Michael Montysko, NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Corning Tower, Room 1135, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237, Fax: (518) 402-7599, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (If sent by email please reference "IUP amendment comment" in the subject line)