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ENB - Statewide Notices 9/23/2015

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Notices of Intent and Stormwater Management Program Plans for SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)

GP-0-15-003

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is proposing to continue coverage under the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination system (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (GP-0-15-003) to entities previously covered under GP-0-10-002 who filed complete annual reports for the 2014 reporting period.

In accordance with Part II of GP-0-15-003, the location of the Stormwater Management Program Plans (SWMPs) and Annual Reports for entities authorized under GP-0-10-002 who wish to continue coverage under GP-0-15-003 will be made available for 28 calendar days from posting in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. An NOI Availability Report identifying the entity's stormwater program contact information and location of the Annual Reports and SWMPs where the public may review these documents is available on NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41392.html.

Written statements or comments on the Annual Reports and SWMPs will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on October 21, 2015. Comments should be submitted electronically to: stormwaterinfo@dec.ny.gov or mailed or faxed to the contact listed below.

Contact: Steven McCague, NYSDEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: stormwaterinfo@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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