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ENB - Statewide Notices 11/22/2017

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Guidance for Living Shorelines in the Marine District

The Living Shorelines guidance encourages the appropriate use of natural shoreline protection measures in place of hardened or man-made approaches to coastal erosion controls. In addition, the guidance provides information on types of living shorelines, reviews how tidal wetland and protection of waters permit standards relate to living shorelines, and speaks to proper siting, maintenance, and monitoring considerations.

The guidance advances the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA) signed by Governor Cuomo in 2014. CRRA's goal is to speed New York's adaptation to climate change, as well as creating opportunities to use living shorelines as natural buffers to coastal erosion.

New York's guidance is part of national trends emphasizing the importance of and the value of natural and nature-based features to reduce flooding and erosion risks. Living shorelines and tidal wetlands areas are invaluable for improving water quality, marine food production, wildlife habitat, flood, hurricane, and storm control.

In the early 1970s, New York State began to recognize the importance of tidal wetland areas and sought to insure their protection from human activities by passing the Tidal Wetland Act in 1973. Tidal wetlands line much of the salt water shore, bays, inlets, canals, and estuaries of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester County. They also line the Hudson River in Westchester and Rockland Counties upstream to the salt line.

This guidance document is intended to help New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the public understand living shorelines and how to incorporate living shorelines within tidal wetland and protection of water regulations with the intention of maintaining the quality of habitats and storm risk reduction functions.

The current Part 661 Regulations are available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regs/2485.html.

NYS DEC will post the final guidance document and response to comments on the NYS DEC's main Tidal Wetlands webpage at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4940.html.

Contact: Dawn Mc Reynolds, NYS DEC - Region 1 Marine Resources Headquarters, Division of Marine Resources, 205 North Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY 11733, Phone: (631) 444-0452, E-mail: FW.Marine@dec.ny.gov.


Notice of Enrollment Period - New York Green Business

Applications for the New York Green Business program will be accepted through Friday, December 15th, 2017. Application materials and submission information can be found at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/939.html.

The New York Green Business program provides recognition and incentives to businesses and other entities in New York State that are committed to sustainable practices and conserving New York's environment and natural resources. In order to participate in the program applicants must have a good record of compliance, make commitments to lower their environmental footprint, and communicate their sustainability commitment to their customers and employees.

While the program is open to any business, or other organization, in New York State that meets the entry criteria, it has special entry criteria for breweries, garments cleaners, and restaurants to address their unique environmental impacts.

Direct comment or inquiries to: Brendan Woodruff, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9469, E-mail: nygb@dec.ny.gov.


Pollution Prevention Institute Request for Applications (RFA)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued a Request for Application to solicit applications from public and private universities, or non-profit institutions, to operate a pollution prevention institute in New York state (Institute). The Institute will offer an unparalleled center for technology evaluation and development as well as training and assistance to state businesses and organizations. The Institute will promote cost effective methods of reducing and eliminating the use of toxic substances and resources in the manufacturing process and product design through pollution prevention strategies.

Incorporating on-site technical assistance, research and development, technology transfer, technology demonstration, education and outreach, the Institute will focus on sustainability and toxic use reduction over the course of the entire production process or product life-cycle.

The Institute will foster partnerships between businesses, universities, state and local governments, and health and environmental organizations. These partnerships will stimulate the deployment of pollution prevention strategies and technologies, and lead to research and development of cutting-edge environmental technologies that have near-term potential to promote sustainable economic development. The Institute shall focus on priorities that optimize environmental benefit and economic development.

To apply for this opportunity, log-in or create an account in the NYS Grants Gateway at: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov or https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx and search for Pollution Prevention. The question and answer period ends on November 8, 2017. Applications are due December 14, 2017.

Contact: Timothy Kirchgraber, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, 625 Broadway, 9th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: 518-402-9469, E-mail: PollutionPrevention@dec.ny.gov.


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