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ENB - Statewide Notices 1/16/2019

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL

This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following waterbody:

Honeoye Lake, Ontario County
Honeoye Lake is impaired for phosphorus.

Public comment on this document will be accepted through February 19, 2019.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality.

The draft TMDL requires the reduction of total phosphorus loading to Honeoye Lake by 93%. This is intended to achieve a chlorophyll-a target of 4 ug/l during the summer season to address the phosphorus-induced algal growth. Implementation options include internal loading reduction, watershed best management practices and general conservation efforts such as erosion control, streambank stabilization and enforcement of the New York State phosphorus fertilizer law.

Honeoye Lake is one of the New York State Governor's 12 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Priority Lakes. The HABs Action Plan and the TMDL are aligned. As part of the strategy to alleviate HABs in the Lake, NYS DEC has retained a contractor to develop Aeration and Nutrient Inactivation Plans to be implemented in the Lake.

Information: The draft TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html

TMDL Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to the contact listed below by the close of business February 19, 2019.

A Public Meeting to discuss the findings of the TMDL and to answer questions will be held as follows:

Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Honeoye Central School Auditorium
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, NY 14471

Contact: Robert M. Capowski, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management
625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, E-mail: waterlog@dec.ny.gov.


This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document prepared by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following waterbody:

Conesus Lake, Livingston County
Conesus Lake is impaired for phosphorus.

Public comment on this document will be through February 19, 2019.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality.

The draft TMDL requires the reduction of the total phosphorous loading to Conesus Lake by 48%. This is intended to achieve a chlorophyll-a target of 4 µg/l during the summer season in order to address the phosphorous induced algal growth. Implementation options include watershed Best Management Practices, internal loading reduction measures, and general conservation efforts such as erosion control and enforcement of Nutrient Runoff Law.

Conesus Lake is one of the Governor's 12 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Priority Lakes. The HABs Action Plan and the TMDL are aligned. As part of the strategy to alleviate HABs in the Lake, NYS DEC has retained a contractor to develop Aeration and Nutrient Inactivation Plans to be implemented in the Lake.

Information: Copies of the draft TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html.

TMDL Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to the contact listed below by the close of business February 19, 2019.

A Public Meeting to discuss the findings of the TMDL and to answer questions will be held as follows:

Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Livonia Central School District Connell Building Auditorium
40 Spring Street
Livonia, NY

Contact: Edward Anna, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, E-mail: waterlog@dec.ny.gov.


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