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ENB - Statewide Notices 7/22/2015

Public Notice

Notice of Adoption to Amend 6 NYCRR Part 1, Section 1.40

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-303, 11-0903, and 11-0905, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption to amend 6 NYCRR Part 1, Section 1.40 pertaining to Hunting Wild Turkey. This notice will be published in issue 29 of the State Register, dated July 22, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Schiavone
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Phone: (518) 402-8883
E-mail: wildliferegs@dec.ny.gov


State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity Permit No. GP-0-15-002.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has modified the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP-0-15-002) to correct a typographical error in the definition of "New Development" in Appendix A.

NYS DEC has also updated the Glossary in the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual (Design Manual) to reflect this typographical error.

Copies of the modified General Permit and Design Manual will be available on the NYS DEC website beginning July 22, 2015. The General Permit is located on the following webpage: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43133.html. The Design Manual is located on the following webpage: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8694.html.

Contact: David Gasper, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Stormwater Permit Section, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3505, Phone: 518-402-8114, E-mail: david.gasper@dec.ny.gov.


State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)

Permit No. GP-0-15-003

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has extended the comment period for the advanced notice of proposed permit modifications to the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (GP-0-15-003) until July 31, 2015. On July 15, 2015, corrections were made to GP-0-15-003. The comment period for the advanced notice of proposed permit modifications is being extended to allow additional time to entities potentially impacted by the July 15, 2015 corrections to fully consider and provide comments on the impacts of the proposed permit modifications outlined in the advanced notice.

The advanced notice includes a statement for background, as well as the three separate but related proposed modifications to the corrected version of GP-0-15-003.

Copies of the advanced notice are available on NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html or by contacting Barbara Horton, at (518) 402-8111 or Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov.

Written comments or concerns on the proposed general permit must be submitted by close of business on July 31, 2015 to Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov; or, the contact listed below.

Contact: David Follansbee, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8111, E-mail: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov.


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. 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.

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 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 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) by April 1, 2016.

Data submissions should be accompanied by a completed Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) Assessment Worksheet (PDF) (214.64 KB) which may also be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/36730.html. 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. Worksheet information can also be obtained by contacting Sarah Rickard 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, supporting water quality monitoring data, a copy of the corresponding Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), QA/QC results summary and a description of measures used in the collection of data should sent to the address above, or forwarded via e-mail to: 4pwlinfo@dec.ny.gov.

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 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 NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.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@dec.ny.gov.


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