ENB - REGION 1 NOTICES

Negative Declarations

Nassau County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation as lead agency has determined that the proposed Temporary Improvements Bethpage Tennis Complex will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project involves the temporary placement (through May 2000) of air-supported structures over eight of the twelve existing tennis courts at Bethpage State Park. The structures are to be removed and the site restored to its pre-existing condition upon expiration of the temporary permit allowing their installation. The project is located at Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale.

Contact: Thomas Lyons, OPRHP, Agency Building #1, Albany, NY 12238 (518) 474-0409, Fax (518) 474-7013.


Suffolk County - The Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality has determined that the proposed Wildlife Rescue Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project involves the construction and operation of an animal rehabilitation center by Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Inc. The project is located in Sears Bellows County Park in the Town of Southampton.

Contact: James Bagg, Council on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 6100 Hauppauge, NY 11788 (631) 853-5203.

Positive Declaration

Suffolk County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed addition to the Islip High School in the Islip Union Free School District, SED Project No. 58-05-02-02-0-007-008, may have a significant environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the addition of 49,363 square footage. The project is located at Union Boulevard, in the Town of Islip.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

Public Notice

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD ANALYSIS (TMDL)
TO ACHIEVE WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR DISSOLVED OXYGEN IN LONG ISLAND SOUND

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP) have completed the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Analysis to Achieve Water Quality Standards for Dissolved Oxygen in Long Island Sound. Section 303(d)(1)(C) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) require states to identify those waterbodies that do not meet water quality standards after application of the technology-based effluent limitations required by the Act. New York and Connecticut have identified Long Island Sound as "water quality limited" due to hypoxia and a priority for developing a TMDL.

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 pollutant sources and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

To address the hypoxia problem, the LISS has been proceeding with a phased approach to nitrogen reduction, allowing the program to move forward in stages as more information is obtained to support more aggressive steps.

The first formal action to address hypoxia took place in 1990 with the release of the Status Report and Interim Actions for Hypoxia Management. The report announced a freeze on point and nonpoint nitrogen loadings to the Sound in key geographic areas at 1990 levels. This constitutes what is know as Phase I of the hypoxia management program.

Phase II, which was adopted in 1994 upon release of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), initiated actions to begin to reduce the load of nitrogen to the Sound through low-cost actions. This phase is being actively implemented in Connecticut and New York. These actions, while significant, will not restore the health of Long Island Sound. Therefore, the LISS made a commitment to identify a third phase of nitrogen controls to guide long-term management.

On February 5, 1998 the states of Connecticut and New York and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted a plan for Phase III Actions for Hypoxia Management (Proposal for Phase III Actions for Hypoxia Management. Long Island Sound Study. EPA Long Island Sound Office. 1997. EPA 840-R-97-001) including nitrogen reduction targets of 58.5 percent for 11 "management zones" that comprise the Connecticut and New York portion of the Long Island Sound watershed. Action 3.A. under the plan is a commitment to administer and enforce the nitrogen targets through development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) analysis consistent with requirements under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

New York State and Connecticut have developed a draft analysis for public comment prior to the finalization and submission of the TMDL analysis to USEPA for approval.

A forty-five day public review period has been established in which written comments may be submitted on the TMDL analysis. Details regarding website and hard-copy availability of information, comment submittal, and public information meetings are presented below.

Copies of the TMDL analysis are available through the NYSDEC website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/dow/index.html or at the Long Island Sound Study website at http://www.epa.gov/region01/eco/lis/index.html. Paper copies can be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Watershed Management, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12233-3508; phone 518-457- 8961.

Comments: Comments on the Draft for Public Comment should be mailed to: Mr. Richard E. Draper, P.E.; Bureau of Watershed Management, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12233-3508

Public meetings: Three public meetings will be held to discuss and answer questions on the TMDL. The meetings have been scheduled for:

Staff from, NYSDEC, CTDEP and USEPA will be present at these meetings. Comments on the TMDL will be accepted until January 9, 2000. Comments will be considered in arriving at final TMDL decisions which will be submitted to USEPA for review and approval.