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New York State Department of Transportation Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Report for GP-0-15-003.

This notice announces the availability of a Draft Annual Report by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-0-15-003. The Draft Annual Report documents the NYS DOT's Stormwater Management Program for the Reporting Period of March 10, 2017 to March 9, 2018.

The NYS DOT is making this draft document available for public comment for a period ending May 18, 2018. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYSDOT via mail or e-mail to the contact listed below to be considered in finalizing the document.

Background: The SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-0-15-003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures. This public notice serves to comply with the NYS DOT's "Public Involvement/Participation" Minimum Control Measure.

Information: Copies of the Draft Annual Report can be obtained by contacting the NYS DOT Office of Environment by mail at POD 4-1, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, or by phone at (518) 457-5672. The Draft Annual Report is also available on the NYSDOT Stormwater Management webpage during the comment period at:
https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/environmental-analysis/water-ecology/stormwater-management

Contact: Melvin Romeyn, NYS DOT, Office of Environment, POD 4-1, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, E-mail: Stormwater@dot.ny.gov - Subject Line: Comments - Draft MS4 Annual Report 2018


Notice of Public Comment Period

Draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan (SCMP)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has developed a draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan (ISCMP), as directed in Title 17 of Environmental Conservation Law Article 9, to encompass all current and future invasive species taxa and the suite of ecosystem types (e.g., terrestrial, freshwater, and marine) found across New York State. The ISCMP was designed to highlight the great work that NYS has already done by promoting existing programs and methods that have been successful, while identifying structures and processes to help guide invasive species management into the future. The ISCMP is framed around eight focal initiatives: 1) Continue to build partnerships and capacity, 2) Commit to a centralized framework for sharing invasive species information, 3) Set priorities for invasive species management and advance preparedness, 4) Engage and inform the public, 5) Advance prevention and early detection, 6) Improve the response to invasive species, 7) Recover ecosystem resilience and 8) Evaluate success. The goal of the plan is to minimize the introduction, establishment and proliferation of invasive species throughout the State and to limit any potential negative impacts to the environment.

Public comments will be accepted on the draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan (ISCMP) from today, April 18, through close of business June 1, 2018. Comments may be sent to isinfo@dec.ny.gov or NYS DEC, Invasive Species Coordination Section, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233-4253.

The draft plan may be downloaded from the following DEC web site http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/265.html.

Contact: Dave Adams, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, Invasive Species Coordination Section, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4253, Phone: (518) 402-9425, E-mail: isinfo@dec.ny.gov


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-0303, 13-0105, and 13-0340-d, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

NYS DEC has filed a Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking to amend 6 NYCRR Part 40 pertaining to recreational and commercial tautog fishing. This rulemaking will reduce the harvest of Tautog in New York. Reductions in harvest will be achieved by the following measures:

  1. Defines the boundaries for the new Long Island Sound and New York Bight tautog management regions.
  2. Recreational season and possession limits.
    1. Changes the open season for recreational tautog fishing for the Long Island Sound management region to April 1 - April 30 with a possession limit of 2 fish and October 11 - December 9 with a possession limit of 3 fish.
    2. Changes the open season for recreational tautog fishing for the New York Bight management region to April 1 - April 30 with a possession limit of 2 fish and October 15 - December 22 with a possession limit of 4 fish.
  3. Commercial season.
    1. a. Changes the open season for commercial tautog fishing for the Long Island Sound management region to May 7 - July 31 and September 1 - November 23.
    2. b. Changes the open season for commercial tautog fishing for the New York Bight management region to April 16 - Jan 25.

This proposed rule will make New York's tautog regulations more restrictive and is in compliance with the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission's Fishery Management Plan for tautog.

This notice will be published in issue 16 of the State Register, dated April 18, 2018. There will be a 60 day public comment period ending June 18, 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Sysak
NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0469
E-mail: FW.Marine@dec.ny.gov


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 11-0303, 13-0105, 13-0340-b and 13-0340-e, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

NYS DEC has filed a Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking to amend 6 NYCRR Part 40 pertaining to recreational scup and summer flounder (fluke) fishing limits. This rulemaking will liberalize the harvest restrictions of scup and summer flounder in New York. Liberalizations will be achieved through changes to the scup size limit, and through a season extension and increase to the possession limit for summer flounder:

  1. Recreational Scup: The minimum size limit is lowered from 10 to 9 inches, and the party and charter boat receipt requirement is increased from 20 to 30 fish for September 1 through October 31.
  2. Recreational Summer Flounder: The proposed rule will maintain the 19 inch size limit from 2017, but increase the possession limit to 4 fish, and extend the fishing season from May 4 through September 30.

This proposed rule will make New York's scup and summer flounder regulations less restrictive and is in compliance with the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

This notice will be published in issue 16 of the State Register on April 18, 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Sysak
NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0469
E-mail: FW.Marine@dec.ny.gov


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