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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/25/2020

Public Notice

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

Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 40, Marine Fish (Tautog).

This notice will be published in issue 12 of the State Register, dated March 25, 2020.

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: rachel.sysak@dec.ny.gov


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces 17th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards - Applications Accepted Through April 17, 2020

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2020 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program. The awards program recognizes businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations for their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

This annual awards program recognizes outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects and unique partnerships. 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
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies

Eligible projects must:

  • Be located in New York state
  • Result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond those achieved through standard techniques or regulatory requirements
  • Be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months
  • Be in good standing with NYS DEC and in full compliance with the Environmental Conservation Law currently and for the previous three years. Applicants shall not be involved in any litigation against NYS DEC or with the State of New York within the past seven years.

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 to 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 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
  • "Greening" businesses, farms, schools, and recreational, sports, healthcare and hospitality facilities
  • Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency improvements
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Natural resource/Habitat protection or restoration efforts
  • Urban Forestry or Farming practices
  • Locally grown and "Farm to Table"
  • Education and Training programs

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, April 17, 2020. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in the Fall of 2020. Winners will present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program and the 2020 application materials, contact: Tim Kirchgraber, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 408-0213, E-mail: awards@dec.ny.gov


New York State Thruway Authority Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Report for GP‐0‐015‐003

This notice announces the availability of the Draft Annual Report prepared by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit of Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP‐0‐015‐003.

The Draft Annual Report documents activities related to the NYSTA's Stormwater Management Program during the Reporting Period of March 10, 2019 to March 9, 2020. The NYSTA Is making this draft document available for public comment for a period of 28 days, ending April 15, 2020. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYSTA via e‐mail, phone, or mail to be considered in finalizing the documents.

Background: SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP‐0‐015‐003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures.

Information: The Draft Annual Reports are available online during the comment period at: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/oursystem/environmental/waterquality.html#annual

Hard copies of the NYSTA Draft Annual Report are also available for review at the following locations:

New York Division:
4 Executive Boulevard
Suffern, NY 10901

Albany Division:
Route 9W, Interchange 23, Building #1
Albany, NY 12209

Syracuse Division:
290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 250 2nd Floor,
Liverpool, NY 13088‐2014

Buffalo Division:
455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800
Cheektowaga, NY 14225‐1309

E‐mail comments to the Thruway Authority at: ms4artwy@thruway.ny.gov

Mail comments to:

New York State Thruway Authority
Environmental Services Bureau
Attention: Zachary Russo
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209
Phone (518) 436‐2949

Contact: Marty Zanghi, Shumaker Consulting Engineering & Land Surveying, D.P.C., 251 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, Phone (518)727‐7113.


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