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ENB - Statewide Notices 4/6/2016

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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.


Draft Amendment No. 2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 Intended Use Plan

FFY 2016 DWSRF Intended Use Plan Amendments:

DWSRF#18084 Brocton (V), Chautauqua County - The project cost as listed in the DWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) is increased to $1,996,120. This increase reflects potential additional funds that may be required for the financing of the project and allow associated fees to be rolled into the financing. The increased costs are subject to repayment to the program over the term of the financing.

DWSRF#18096 Orleans (T), Jefferson County - The project cost as listed in the DWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) is increased to $13,251,488 to reflect potential additional funds that may be required for the financing of the project. The cost increase is a result of expanding the project to serve additional homes with public water. The increased costs are subject to repayment to the program over the term of the financing.

DWSRF#18098 Rome (C), Oneida County - The project cost as listed in the DWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) is increased to $15,307,000 to reflect the additional funds that are required for the financing of the project. The cost increase is a result of the actual project bids coming in higher than the original estimates. The increased costs are subject to repayment to the program over the term of the financing.

In addition to the above project specific amendments, Section 7.3 of the IUP is amended to remove the 4th bullet under Hardship Eligibility Criteria. The language being removed by this amendment is "Construction is not substantially complete on the project at the time of the initial DWSRF financing."

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has determined that the amendments are necessary, reasonable, and in the interest of protecting public health. The amendments will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Annual List above the subsidized funding line. Except as noted above, there are no other changes to the IUP as a result of this Amendment No. 2 of the FFY 2016 IUP.

Public Review and Comment On Draft Amendment No. 2

NYS DOH will accept comments on Amendment No. 2 to the FFY 2016 DWSRF IUP by mail, fax or email until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

Comments should be addressed to:

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
(If sent by email please reference "IUP Amendment Comment" in the subject line)


New York State Thruway Authority and New York State State Canal Corporation Announce Public Review Period for Draft Annual Reports for GP-0-010-002 and GP-0-015-003

This notice announces the availability of the Draft Annual Reports prepared by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) pursuant the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit of Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-010-002 and GP-0-015-003. The Draft Annual Reports document activities related to the NYSTA's and NYSCC's Stormwater Management Program during the Reporting Period of March 10, 2015 to March 9, 2016. The NYSTA and NYSCC are making these draft documents available for public comment for a period of 28 days, ending May 4, 2016. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYSTA and NYSCC vial e-mail, phone, or mail to be considered in finalizing the documents.

Background: SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-010-002 and GP-0-015-003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures.

Information: The Draft Annual Reports are available online during the comment period at: htpp://www.thruway.ny.gov/oursystem/environmental/waterquality.html#stormwater

Hard copies of the NYSTA and NYSCC Draft Annual Reports are also available for review at the following locations:

NYSTA New York Division
4 Executive Boulevard
Suffern, NY 10901.
Phone: (845) 918-2500.

NYSTA Albany Division
Route 9W, Interchange 23, Building #1
Albany, NY 12209.
Phone: (518) 436-2999.

NYSTA Syracuse Division
290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 250 2nd Floor
Liverpool, NY 13088-2014.
Phone: (315) 437-2741.

NYSTA Buffalo Division
455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-1309.
Phone: (716) 631-9017

E-mail comments to:

Thruway: ms4artwy@thruway.ny.gov
Canal: ms4arcanals@canals.ny.gov

Mail comments to:

New York State Thruway Authority
Environmental Services Group
Attention: Michael Monahan
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209.
Phone (518) 471-5942.

Contact: Kelly Saladis, Shumaker Consulting Engineering & Land Surveying D.P.C., 143 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, Phone (607) 798-8081.


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