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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/17/2016

Public Notice

This notice announces the availability of the Draft 2016 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and require development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 45 days, through March 4, 2016.

Background: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other more appropriate strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to maintain a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State water: the Assessment Methodology which outlines how waters are evaluated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to determine the degree of use support, and the Listing Methodology which outlines the criteria NYS DEC uses to determine what waters are to be included on the Section 303(d) List. These documents are intended to clarify the current and continuing approach to assessment and listing by New York State.

Information: Copies of the Draft 2016 New York State Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies are available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Copies of the List and Methodologies can also be obtained by contacting 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. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by e-mail to: sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov.

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies should be mailed to Sarah Rickard of the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management at the above address, or e-mailed to: sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov

Contact: Sarah Rickard, 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: sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces Webinar - Registration Required

"Apply for a NYS Environmental Excellence Award and Get Statewide Recognition"

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is conducting a webinar for those interested in applying for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Details: Participants will learn about the benefits of being a New York State Environmental Excellence Award winner; get tips for submitting a competitive application and hear from previous award winners (Golub Corporation/Price Chopper and the National Hockey League) about the importance of receiving statewide recognition.
Registration: On-line registration required: http://on.ny.gov/1VbKmMx.

The New York State Environmental Excellence Awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy. Award winners are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example as serving as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

For more information about the webinar or the New York State Environmental Excellence Awards program, contact: Marna A. Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone (518) 402-9167, Fax (518) 402-9168, E-mail awards@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 13th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications Accepted Through April 8, 2016

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program (Press Release: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/104885.html). The 2016 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html.

The awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that contribute to a healthier environment and economy. Award winners are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example and serve as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Businesses (i.e., small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality, sports, etc.);
  • Not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities;
  • Individuals, and
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies

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 and all 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.

Examples of the kinds of projects NYS DEC is especially interested in showcasing include, but are not limited to, innovative projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through state-of-the-art:

  • Green infrastructure projects;
  • Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Climate change adaptations;
  • Food waste reduction efforts; recycling and composting programs;
  • Initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities etc.;
  • Clean energy and renewable energy projects;
  • Creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • Energy efficiency improvements;
  • Education and training programs;
  • Manufacturing process improvements and "green tech" solutions; and
  • Creative urban forestry or farming practices, including programs to advance "farm to table."

Completed applications for the 2016 awards must be post marked no later than Friday, April 8, 2016. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held in November 2016. At the awards ceremony, award winners will have the opportunity to showcase information about their innovative project or program.

For more information about the NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program, contact: Marna A. Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone (518) 402-9167, Fax (518) 402-9168, E-mail awards@dec.ny.gov.


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 - Round 2.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) is pleased to announce the availability of Round 2 grant funding through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 (the Act). Through the Act, NYS EFC is authorized to provide grants to assist municipalities in funding infrastructure projects for the protection of water quality and public health (NYS Water Grants program). Projects funded through the NYS Water Grants program are awarded to water quality infrastructure projects for:

  • replacement or repair of infrastructure; or
  • compliance with environmental and public health laws and regulations related to water quality

$75 million is currently available for grants in Round 2. If additional funds are appropriated in the enacted 2016-17 state budget, additional grant funding will be available for this round.

NYS EFC will consider and give preference to municipalities that meet NYS EFC's hardship criteria and projects that result in the greatest water quality improvement or greatest reduction in serious risk to public health. For wastewater projects, priority will also be given to projects that mitigate combined sewer and storm sewer overflows as well as for projects that increase system resiliency to protect wastewater collection and treatment systems from sea level rise and damage from extreme weather.
Municipalities with sewage treatment works (clean water) projects may be eligible for NYS Water Grants of up to $5 million or 25% of the project cost after discounting other grant funds. Municipalities with drinking water projects may be eligible for NYS Water Grants of up to $2 million or 60% of the total project cost.

NYS EFC administers the CWSRF and the DWSRF which provide subsidized financial assistance to qualified municipalities. Participation in either the CWSRF or DWSRF programs is not a requirement to receive a NYS Water Grant. NYS EFC, however, encourages municipalities to take advantage of the low cost financial assistance and one-stop convenience of financing a project with both a NYS Water Grant and assistance through the CWSRF or DWSRF programs.

Eligible Municipal Projects:

A NYS Water Grant is only available to a municipality, which is defined in the Act as a county, city, town, village, district corporation, county or town improvement district, school district, Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, any public benefit corporation or public authority established pursuant to the laws of New York or any agency of the State that is empowered to construct and operate a water quality infrastructure project. (School districts are eligible for NYS Water Grants but are ineligible for CWSRF or DWSRF financial assistance).

Projects eligible for clean water NYS Water Grants are:

  • Projects that qualify for a reduced interest rate financing (hardship) under the CWSRF program
  • Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) / Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Projects
  • Resiliency Projects

Applicants must identify their intended category by submitting a Category Selection Certification Form, which is Part 1-Section D of the NYS Water Grants Application. Projects eligible for drinking water NYS Water Grants are infrastructure improvement projects that are defined as eligible in the DWSRF program.

Applications:

NYS Water Grant Application forms and guidance documents are available on NYS EFC's website at: www.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants. Application forms are provided in fillable electronic format. It is expected that submission of additional documents supplementing the complete application will be required. You do not need to be listed on the CWSRF or DWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) to apply for a NYS Water Grant. For applicants with projects that are currently listed on either IUP, the application process will be abbreviated.

Due Date for Applications:

Submit applications by: 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016
Submit applications to: NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov

Webinar:

NYS EFC will host a webinar to present and discuss the NYS Water Grants program on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. This event will present an overview of the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as direction on how to apply for NYS Water Grant funds. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Log-on instructions for this webinar will be posted on NYS EFC's website at: www.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants.

Contacts: For assistance, please email: NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov

For Clean Water:
Dwight Brown
NYS EFC - Division of Engineering and Program Management
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207-2997
Phone: (518) 402-7396
Fax: (518) 402-6954
E-mail: dwight.brown@efc.ny.gov

For Drinking Water:

Michael Montysko
New York State Department of Health - Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower Room 1135
Albany, NY 12237
Phone: (800) 458-1158 extension 27650 or (518) 402-7650
Fax: (518) 402-7689
E-mail: michael.montysko@health.ny.gov


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