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ENB - Statewide Notices 5/30/2018

Public Notice

Request for Applications for Water Quality Grant Programs

Applications are being accepted for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) grant program at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html and Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) program at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/81196.html until July 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted through the Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) at: https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/. Pre-application workshops will be held around the state this summer to explain the CFA process and to describe individual grant programs. See the CFA Process Guide at: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/cfa/process-guide for more information, including a schedule of workshops.

The WQIP program has $79 million available for wastewater treatment, non-agricultural nonpoint source, land acquisition, salt storage, aquatic habitat restoration, and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System projects. The EPG program has up to $3 million available for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund water quality projects. Refer to the WQIP and EPG webpages above for details about each program, including eligible projects, eligible applicants, match requirements, and Grants Gateway registration and pre-qualification requirements.

Questions about WQIP should be emailed to user.water@dec.ny.gov; questions about EPG should be emailed to cfawater@dec.ny.gov. All questions must be submitted by July 13, 2018.

Contact: Leila Mitchell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, Phone: (518) 402-8179.


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) section 13-0307 and 13-0319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has filed a Notice of Emergency Adoption on May 2, 2018 with the New York State Department of State to amend 6 NYCRR Part 41, Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands, regulations pertaining to the classification of shellfish growing areas. This rule will classify as uncertified (closed to shellfish harvest) or seasonally uncertified particular shellfishing areas that do not meet the required bacteriological water quality criteria. Areas that meet those criteria will be reclassified as certified (open to shellfish harvest).

The following areas are affected by this rule: Hempstead (East) Bay, Long Island Sound (outer Hempstead Harbor), Noyack Creek, Cold Spring Pond, Napeague Bay, Northwest Harbor, Great Peconic Bay, Southold Bay, Orient Harbor, and Little Peconic Bay.

This emergency rule is necessary to protect public health. This rule will close areas that do not meet the water quality criteria to shellfish harvesting, preventing the harvest and consumption of shellfish that may be unsafe for human consumption.

This emergency rule will expire July 31, 2018. A rule making to propose a permanent rule was also filed on May 2, 2018.

This notice was published in issue 21 of the State Register on May 23, 2018.

For further information please contact:

Matthew Richards
NYS DEC - Divisions of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0491
E-mail: fw.marine@dec.ny.gov Please use Shellfish Regulations in the subject line.


Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) sections 13-0307 and 13-0319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has filed a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on May 2, 2018 with the New York State Department of State to amend 6 NYCRR Part 41, Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands, regulations pertaining to the classification of shellfish growing areas. This proposed rule will classify as uncertified (closed to shellfish harvest) or seasonally uncertified particular shellfishing areas that do not meet the required bacteriological water quality criteria. Areas that meet those criteria will be reclassified as certified (open to shellfish harvest).

The following areas are affected by the proposed rule: Hempstead (East) Bay, Long Island Sound (outer Hempstead Harbor), Noyack Creek, Cold Spring Pond, Napeague Bay, Northwest Harbor, Great Peconic Bay, Southold Bay, Orient Harbor, and Little Peconic Bay.

This proposed rule is necessary to protect public health. Shellfish areas that do not meet the water quality criteria must be closed to shellfish harvesting to prevent the harvest and consumption of shellfish that may be unsafe for human consumption.

This notice was published in issue 21 of the State Register on May 23, 2018. A 60-day public comment period began May 24, 2018.

For further information please contact:

Matthew Richards
NYS DEC - Divisions of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0491
E-mail: fw.marine@dec.ny.gov Please use Shellfish Regulations in the subject line.


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