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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/15/2017

Public Meeting Notice

New York State Trails Council Meeting

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Spa State Park
Victoria Pool Complex, "Ice Cream Parlor" Room
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Agenda:

  • Presentation: The Empire State Trail, Scott Keller, Hudson River Valley Greenway
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) Planning Updates
  • Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants update 2017
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Unit Management Plan update
  • Delegate Reports

Contact: Chris Morris, NYS OPRHP, New York State Trails Coordinator, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: (518) 486-2699.


Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Proposed TMDL Amendment

This notice announces the availability of a Proposed Amendment to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Analysis to Achieve Water Quality Standards for Dissolved Oxygen in Long Island Sound (LIS), December 2000 document drafted by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment (CT DEEP) and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to address the following waterbody:

Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound is impaired by nitrogen.

Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through April 14, 2017.

Background:

The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Analysis to Achieve Water Quality Standards for Dissolved Oxygen in Long Island Sound (LIS), December 2000, established End of Pipe waste load allocations for all wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in LIS in Connecticut and New York. Additionally, to account for transport and delivery factors throughout the system, the TMDL allowed for loads to be "equalized" to dissolved oxygen effect by applying the Long Island Sound Transport Efficiently factors to the loads from the various managed regions of the watershed. The transport efficiency factors (Exchange Rate) used in the TMDL were based on the "LIS 3" model which had been used for this TMDL development. These transport efficiency factors were used as the basis for the Nitrogen Trading Program in Connecticut. New York State did not choose to establish a formal trading program and instead applied the end of pipe waste load allocations to all individual WWTPs affected and established management zone bubble limit in the State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) and allowed for trading as requested. Since the development of the TMDL, modeling of LIS had been improved/updated to a model called the System Wide Eutrophication Model (SWEM). The hydrodynamic portion of the SWEM model greatly enhanced the modeled accuracy of the lateral transport of water in LIS. This enhanced lateral hydrodynamic component of SWEM resulted in improved transport efficiency factors (Exchange Rates) which can be used in trading programs to help municipalities efficiently meet the waste load allocations required by the TMDL. This amendment to the TMDL will adopt the SWEM Exchange Rate for Management Zone 7. During implementation of this TMDL, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) requested that trading be allowed between zones 8 & 9 (all NYC WWTPs), and that the SWEM exchange rated be applied to that action which resulted in the first amendment to the TMDL which adopted the SWEM Exchange Rates to Management Zones 8&9.

Information: Copies of the Proposed TMDL Amendment can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html or by contacting: Kenneth Kosinski, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, or by phone at (518) 402-8110, or via e-mail at Kenneth.kosinski@dec.ny.gov.

Comments on the proposed TMDL document should be sent, written or e-mailed to Kenneth Kosinski at the address listed below. Comments received by close of business April 14, 2017 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDL to the United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for approval.

Contact: Kenneth Kosinski, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, Phone: (518) 402-8110, E-mail: Kenneth.kosinski@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

Applications Accepted through April 14, 2017

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2017 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program, the press release is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/109244.html. The 2017 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website at: 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.

Competitive applications will focus on innovative and cutting-edge projects or programs that are achieving significant environmental benefits through:

  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • climate change adaptations;
  • food waste reduction efforts;
  • recycling and composting programs;
  • "green tech" solutions;
  • initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • clean energy projects and energy efficiency improvements;
  • green infrastructure projects;
  • natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • urban forestry or farming practices;
  • programs advancing locally grown and "farm to table;
  • education and training programs; and
  • manufacturing process improvements.

Completed applications must be post marked no later than Friday, April 14, 2017. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony in November 2017. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program and the 2017 application materials, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253, Phone: (518) 402-9469, E-mail: awards@dec.ny.gov.


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