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ENB - Statewide Notices 5/27/2015

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Issuance of Final New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual 2015 Update Transition Policy

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued the final New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual 2015 Update Transition Policy (Transition Policy). This policy provides the criteria that construction activities, 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) designed in conformance with the 2010 version of the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual (Design Manual) or its equivalent. This policy will be effective from May 14, 2015 to January 28, 2020.

A notice of availability of the draft Transition Policy was published in the ENB on March 11, 2015. This policy is an Unlisted Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. A Negative Declaration is on file with the NYS DEC.

The final New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual 2015 Update Transition Policy is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43133.html under the Supplemental Documents section.

Contact: Dave Gasper, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, E-mail: David.gasper@dec.ny.gov.


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Addition of Section 192.7

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 1-0101(3((b), 1-0101(3)(d), 3-0301(1)(b), 3-0301(1)(d), 3-0301(2)(m), 9-0105(1), 9-0105(3) and 9-1303, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

To restrict Emerald Ash Borer to 14 restricted zones where infestations exist.

For further information:

Bruce Williamson
NYS DEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4253
Phone: (518) 402-9425


Data Solicitation for 2016 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, 2016. 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 2016 Section 303(d) List.

Background: The water quality assessment of New York State's waters is a continuous 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. NYSDEC 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 NYSDEC 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 pending List, but will be incorporated into subsequent water quality assessments. 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 consideration in the compiling of the 2016 CWA Section 303(d) List, data and information must be received by September 30, 2015. 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, 2016.

In order to facilitate the review and inclusion of water quality data and information to be considered in the compiling of the 2016 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 NYSDEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/36370.html. Worksheet information can also be obtained by contacting Sarah Rickard at the NYSDEC 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 email to 4pwlinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us. 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 NYSDEC will accept public comment on these documents throughout the 2016 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 NYSDEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html.

Additional information regarding the NYSDEC Water Quality Assessment Program, including the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List assessments and Section 305(b) water quality reporting can be found on the NYSDEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8459.html.

For questions regarding the information in this notice please contact: Sarah Rickard, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: 4pwlinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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