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ENB - Statewide Notices 6/20/2018

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.


Public Meeting Notice

Meeting of the Invasive Species Council

The next meeting of the New York State Invasive Species Council (9 agencies) will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) headquarters, located at 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.

Once finalized, the meeting agenda will be posted to the following web page:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6989.html

Contact: David Adams, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), Invasive Species Coordination Section, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9149.


Notice of Draft State Flood Risk Management Guidance

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) announces the availability for public review and comment, pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) § 3-0301(2)(z), of two guidance documents prepared pursuant to the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA). CRRA (Chapter 355 of the Laws of 2014) requires applicants in certain permit and funding programs to demonstrate they have considered sea-level rise, storm surges and flooding in their project designs. Further, CRRA amended the State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (SGPIPA; ECL Article 6) to prohibit state public infrastructure agencies from approving, undertaking, supporting or funding a public infrastructure project unless, to the extent practicable, the project is consistent with, among other criteria, mitigation of future physical risk due to sea-level rise, storm surges or flooding. CRRA requires DEC, in consultation with the New York State Department of State (DOS), to develop guidance for implementation of the statute.

To fulfill its statutory obligation to develop guidance for implementation of CRRA, NYS DEC is proposing two documents: New York State Flood Risk Management Guidance and Guidance for Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Assessment. NYS DEC is proposing these documents as nonbinding technical guidance to agencies responsible for implementation of the permit and funding programs specified by CRRA and for implementation of SGPIPA. NYS DEC will accept written public comment on these two documents through August 20, 2018.

Availability of documents for review: The proposed documents are available on NYS DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/102559.html. These documents may also be inspected at NYS DEC - Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY. Please call the Office of Climate Change at 518-402-8448 for an appointment.

NYS DEC is hosting three public information and comment meetings to provide the public opportunities to learn about and comment on these guidance documents:

Date: Wednesday July 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: NYS DEC - Region 8 Office,
6274 East Avon -Lima Road
Avon, NY

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: NYS DEC Headquarters
625 Broadway Room 919
Albany, NY

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
260 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY

NYS DEC staff will present information on CRRA and review recommended flood-risk management guidelines. Individuals planning to attend any of these meetings are asked to pre-register by e-mailing climatechange@dec.ny.gov or calling (518) 402-8448. Failure to pre-register may result in delayed entry to the meeting. Those attending must present photographic identification.

NYS DEC will make the July 19, 2018 meeting accessible via WebEx webinar service. Instructions for accessing the webinar are at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/102559.html.

Written comments: The public is invited to submit written comments on the draft New York State Flood Risk Management Guidance and Guidance for Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Assessment through August 20, 2018 as follows:

• By email to: climatechange@dec.ny.gov; please include "CRRA Comments" in the subject line of the email.
• By mail to NYS DEC, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1030.

Additional information on CRRA is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/102559.html.

Contact: Mark Lowery, NYS DEC, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1030, Phone: (518) 402-8448, E-mail climatechange@dec.ny.gov.


This notice announces the availability of the Draft 2018 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters. The list identifies those waters that do not support appropriate uses and require development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. Public comment on the list will be accepted for 45 days, through August 6, 2018.

Background: The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to periodically assess and report on the quality of waters in their state. Section 303(d) of the Act also requires states to identify Impaired Waters, where specific designated uses are not fully supported. For these Impaired Waters, states must consider the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other more appropriate strategy to reduce the input of the specific pollutant(s) that restrict waterbody uses, in order to restore and protect such uses. Additionally, the state is required to maintain a Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) to outline its process for monitoring and assessing the quality of New York State water: the Assessment Methodology which outlines how waters are evaluated by NYSDEC to determine the degree of use support, and the Listing Methodology which outlines the criteria NYSDEC uses to determine what waters are to be included on the Section 303(d) List. These documents are intended to clarify the current and continuing approach to assessment and listing by New York State.

Information: Copies of the Draft 2018 New York State Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies are available on the NYSDEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Copies of the List and Methodologies can also be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at 518-402-8179. An electronic version of these documents can also be requested by email to 4pwlinfo@dec.ny.gov.

Public comments regarding the Section 303(d) List and/or the Assessment and Listing Methodologies should be mailed to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management at the above address, or emailed to 4pwlinfo@dec.ny.gov

For questions regarding the information in this notice please contact: Sarah Rickard, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: 4pwlinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



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