Negative Declaration

Kings County - The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development has determined that the proposed Ridgewood-Bushwick Youth Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project involves the construction of a new two story, 21,379 square foot youth center on part of a vacant 50,000 square foot city owned parcel of land. The youth center will provide community services including after school and summer recreational, educational and counseling programs. No onsite parking is proposed. The project is located at 1454-1476, 1482-1484 Gates Avenue, 311-327 Palmetto Street, Brooklyn.

Contact: Beverly Reith, Director Environmental Review, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038

Draft EIS

Queens County - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration as lead agency has completed a draft EIS for the proposed Queens Center Parking Field #2. The project involves the disposition of a municipal parking lot for the construction of an 18-screen multiplex cinema and a 650-space parking structure. The proposed project is subject to mayoral approval of the conveyance of the property and to Special Permits from the City Planning Commission for the following actions: 1) to waive the height and setback regulations for a General Large Scale Development; 2) to allow variation in the location of an accessory business sign; and 3) to allow a public parking garage of 650 spaces and to exempt the at-grade and above-grade levels of the garage from floor area calculation. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until no less than ten days following the public hearing or adjourned date of it. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on December 8, 1999 at 10:00 am at City Hall, 2nd Floor public hearing room.

Contact: Hardy Adasko, Senior Vice President , New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, N.Y. 10038 (212) 312303

Public Notice


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), with the cooperation and technical assistance of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), has completed its Phase II analyses of the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for phosphorus in the reservoirs of the New York City Water Supply System. This notice announced the availability of the proposed Phase II Phosphorus TMDLs for these reservoirs. A forty-five day public review period has been established during which written comments may be submitted on the Phase II TMDLs. Details regarding availability of information, comment submission, and public information meetings are presented below.

INFORMATION - The proposed TMDL/WLA/LA information is included in a NYSDEC document entitled Proposed Phase II Total Maximum Daily Loads for Reservoirs in the New York City Water Supply Watershed dated November 17, 1999. This document is available at the following website: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/dow/index.html or by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Management, by phone at 518-457-8961 or mail at Room 398, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12233-3508.

Related information included in NYCDEP's report entitled Phase II Phosphorus TMDL Methodology Document, Water Quality Guidance Value Report and Phosphorus TMDL Calculations Reports for 19 Reservoirs, can be found on their website at http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dep/html/tmdl.html. These documents are dated March 1, 1999 and they provide much of the information used in NYSDEC's Phase II TMDL write-ups.

Public Meetings: Three public meetings will be held to discuss and answer questions on the Phase II TMDL process.

Comments: Comments on the Phase II TMDL process and NYSDEC's decisions will be accepted until January 9, 1999. Comments will be considered in arriving at final TMDL decisions which will be submitted to USEPA-Region 2 for review and approval. Please submit comments to: Mr. Richard E. Draper, P.E., Bureau of Watershed Management, NYSDEC, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12233-3508

Public Meeting

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is inviting all interested parties to attend a meeting of "The Stormwater Best Management Practices Ad hoc Advisory Group". The Meeting will be held Thursday, December 9, 1999 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the NYSDOT Region 8 Page Building Classroom. The NYSDOT Region 8 Page Building Classroom is located between south of Route 55 just east of Noxon Road in Poughkeepsie, NY.

All interested parties should contact Kyle Williams, NYSDOT, 1220 Washington Avenue, 5-303, Albany, NY 12232-0473, Phone:518/457-5566 or FAX:518/457-6887 by COB 12/06/99 to confirm interest in attending the meeting (additional meeting information will be provided to registered attendees at this time).

The purpose of this meeting is to present the results of NYSDOT's prior Request for Proposals (ENB Notice 9/22/99) asking all interested parties to "... provide information on any practice or product that may effectively control non-point source pollution from highway runoff". In addition, NYSDOT will seek input from the group regarding which practices should receive priority for laboratory and/or field testing, as well as possible locations for field testing. To fund this project, NYSDOT is submitting a proposal to the Transportation Infrastructure Research Consortium committing approximately $200,000 over the next 12 months to assess the performance, constructability and maintenance issues associated with the stormwater BMP's selected for testing.