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Notice of Adoption to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 10/Sections 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, & 10.9

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 3-0301, 11-0303, 11-0305, 11-0317, 11-1301, 11-1303, 11-1316, and 11-1319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption to amend 6 NYCRR Part 10 pertaining to Sportfishing Regulations; Part 18/Section 18.1/Taking Bait; Part 19/Section 19.2/Use of Bait, Fish for Bait and Bait Fish; and Part 35/Section 35/2. This notice will be published in issue 10 of the State Register, dated March 11, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Keeler
NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233
Phone: (518) 402-8928
E-mail: shaun.keeler@dec.ny.gov


Notice for Public Comment on Draft New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual 2015 Update Transition Policy

Purpose and Background

The purpose of this guidance is to clarify the criteria that construction activities, seeking coverage under the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity, must meet in order to continue to use a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) designed in conformance with the 2010 version of the Design Manual or its equivalent.

Summary

This guidance clarifies the criteria an owner or operator of a construction activity, seeking coverage under the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP-0-15-002) must meet in order to continue to use a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that was designed in conformance with the 2010 version of the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual or its equivalent (Design Manual), instead of the 2015 version of the Design Manual. The full Draft New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual 2015 Update Transition Policy is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.

Public Comments

The public comment period commences on March 11, 2015. Written statements may be submitted on or before April 10, 2015 to: Robert Simson, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3500 or by email to: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Robert Simson, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3500, E-mail: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 12th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Application Period Open

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for New York State's annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This awards program recognizes and gives visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs. The Environmental Excellence Awards program gives businesses, institutions and organizations the opportunity to receive statewide recognition for outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs that are improving New York's environmental resources

Eligible applicants include businesses, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, facilities, government agencies and individuals implementing innovative, sustainable actions or working in creative partnership to improve and protect New York's environmental resources and contribute to a viable economy. The 2015 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website at: www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html.

Important: Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 10, 2015.

NYS DEC is especially interested in acknowledging projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through: initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cutting-edge pollution prevention technologies; initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational facilities and hospitality facilities; innovative wind, solar and biomass projects; creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts; energy efficiency improvements; adaptation to climate change; waste reduction and recycling efforts; manufacturing process improvements; and creative approaches to urban forestry or farming, programs advancing "grown locally." Projects located in environmental justice communities are strongly encouraged.

To be eligible, a project must be in New York State; result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements; be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months. Applicants must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law, applicable permits and local laws.

Review criteria will include an assessment of: environmental benefits; economic benefits; innovative approach of the project; advancement of sustainability; how creative partnerships were created or strengthened by the project; demonstration of commitment, leadership and environmental excellence, demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements.

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony that will be held in late fall winter. At the ceremony, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award winning project or program.

For more information about the Environmental Excellence Awards program, contact: NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9469, Fax (518) 402-9168, E-mail awards@dec.ny.gov.


State Trails Council Meeting

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Spa State Park - Administration Building
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Agenda:

• Presentation: Trail Planning: How to Protect Rare Species and Habitats
• Recreational Trails Program (RTP) update
• Statewide Trails Plan update
• New York State office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) Planning updates
• New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) updates
• Delegate Reports

Contact: Nancy Stoner, NYS OPRHP, State Trails Coordinator, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 486-2699.



Final Amendment No. 3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 Intended Use Plan (IUP)

FFY 2015 Annual List Project Amendment:

Draft Amendment #3 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued October 1, 2014 was published in the February 18, 2015 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #3 closed on March 4, 2015. 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 (IUP) is final as shown below:

DWSRF#17529 Cape Vincent (T), Essex County - The project cost listed in the IUP is amended from $2,768,640 to $2,852,000 to reflect the project's estimated cost and the hardship commitment letter that was issued in July 2013. A data input error resulted in the cost not being updated for the FFY 2015 IUP.

NYS DOH has determined that the amendment is necessary, reasonable, and in the interest of protecting public health. The project amendment will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Annual List above the subsidized funding line. There are no other changes to the IUP as a result of this Amendment No. 3 of the FFY 2015 Intended Use Plan.

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: bpwsp@health.ny.gov.



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