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ENB - Statewide Notices 4/10/2019

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Draft Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

This notice announces the availability of a Draft Watershed Implementation Plan proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to meet requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL).
Public comment on this document will be accepted through June 7, 2019.

Background: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) in December 2010. The TMDL - the largest ever developed by US EPA - identifies the necessary pollution reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment across Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia and sets pollution limits necessary to meet applicable water quality standards in the Bay and its tidal rivers and embayments. Each state is responsible for developing and implementing watershed implementation plans that describe the contributions each state will make towards achieving the necessary pollutant reduction targets set by US EPA. NYS DEC submitted to US EPA the final Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan covering 2010 to 2013 in December 2010 and the final Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan covering 2014 to 2017 in January 2013. The final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan covering 2018 to 2025 will be due to EPA by August 12, 2019.

Information: The draft Watershed Implementation Plan can be found on the NYS DEC website at:

Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to the contact listed below by the close of business June 7, 2019.

Contact: Lauren A. Townley, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3508, E-mail:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 16th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications accepted through April 17, 2019

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2019 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program (Press Release) The awards program recognizes businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations for their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

The 2019 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website

The awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships. Since the program began in 2004, 92 committed organizations have been honored with this outstanding award. Award winners are leading by example and serving as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Businesses (small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, retail, agri-business, renewable energy, hospitality, sports, etc.)
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Education, health care and recreational facilities; and
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies.

To be eligible, a project must be in New York State; result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements; be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months. Applicants must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law and all applicable permits and local laws.

Review criteria will include an assessment of: environmental benefits; economic benefits; innovative approaches; advancement of sustainability; employment or continuation of creative partnerships; demonstration of commitment, leadership and environmental excellence; demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements.

Competitive applications will focus on innovative and cutting-edge projects or programs that are achieving significant environmental benefits through:

  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • manufacturing process improvements;
  • climate change adaptations;
  • food waste reduction efforts;
  • recycling and composting programs;
  • "green tech" solutions;
  • initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • clean energy projects and energy efficiency improvements;
  • green infrastructure projects;
  • natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • urban forestry or farming practices;
  • programs advancing locally grown and "farm to table; and
  • education and training programs.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in November, 2019. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program and the 2019 application materials, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253, Phone: (518) 402-9469, E-mail:

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