Public Notice

Notice of Availability of the Final New York City Watershed Phase II Total Maximum Daily Loads/Wasteload Allocations/ Load Allocations (TMDL/WLA/LA) for Phosphorus in the New York City Water Supply Reservoir System. Also Available Is the Response to Public Comment on the November 17, 1999 Draft TMDL/WLA/LA.

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 (TMDL) for phosphorous in the reservoirs of the New York City Water Supply System. This notice announces the availability of the Final Phase II Phosphorous TMDLs for these reservoirs which was submitted to the USEPA on June 29, 2000 for approval. The notice also announces the availability of the Response to the Public Comments, dated June 2000, on NYSDEC's Phase II Phosphorus TMDL proposed for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, in November 1999.

INFORMATION: The Final TMDL/WLA/LA information is included in NYSDEC documents entitled: 1) Phase II Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads For Reservoirs in the New York City Water Supply Watershed, dated June 2000; and 2) Response to the Public Comments on NYSDEC's Phase II Phosphorus TMDL proposed for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, dated June 2000.These documents are available at the following website: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/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. Copies of these documents will be mailed out to all entities which submitted public comments on the draft document.

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/htlm/tmdl.html. These documents are dated March 1, 1999 and they provide much of the information used in NYSDEC's Phase II TMDL documents.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Staten Island) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Zoning Change, BSA CAL. NOS.: 140-00-BZ & 141-00-A, CEQR NO., 00-BSA-144R will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. The final date of the public comment period will be September 7, 2000. The action involves an application for a BSA variance pursuant to Z.R. 72-21 to permit in an R3A zoning district, the proposed construction of a 10,672 square foot pharmacy (Use Group 6) with on-site parking for 66 vehicles. The project is located 3515 Richmond Avenue, Block 5520, Lots 50 & 55, Staten Island.

The conditions imposed are:

The applicant shall submit an archaeological documentary study for the above-referenced project sites to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for its evaluation and approval. The applicant shall not commence any site grading, excavation, or building construction on the project site until the LPC approves of this study and determines that there are no archaeological concerns.

Contact: Rory Levy, CEQR Examiner, Board of Standards & Appeals, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006-1705, phone:(212) 676-2828.

Negative Declaration

New York County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Delaware Flow Control Modifications at Shaft 18 and Shaft 19 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Kensico Reservoir which provides storage and flow control for New York City's Catskill and Delaware potable water delivery systems. Part of the flow from Kensico Reservoir discharges into the Kensico South Effluent Chamber (Shaft 18 of the Delaware Aqueduct), and flows through the 14-mile long portion of the Delaware Aqueduct between the Shaft 18 and Hillview Reservoir. Hillview Reservoir provides further storage and flow balancing for City Tunnels 1, 2 and 3. An Administrative Order issued by the New York State Department of Health requires that the 90 acre Hillview Reservoir be covered by December 31, 2005. To accomplish this while continuing to provide water to the City, one basin at Hillview would be taken out of service at a time while the cover is constructed. The project is located New York City.

Contact: Barbara Stuart, Project Manager, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Corona, New York 11368, phone: (718)595-4399.

Notice of Acceptance of Supplemental Draft EIS

New York County - The Battery Park City Authority, as lead agency has accepted a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Fifth Supplement to the 1981 Final Environmental Impact Statement. The action involves the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) preparation of a Draft Fifth Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to analyze potential impacts of several proposed zoning and other actions concerning development in Battery Park City's (BPC's) North and South Neighborhoods. The primary current proposed zoning actions are modifications to the existing building height and streetwall regulations governing Sites 18B, 19B, 23, and 24, and the designation of permanent public open space areas on a portion of Sites 23 and 24 and on Sites 18 and 19. Within the next year, BPCA intends to pursue additional zoning actions, including: (1) zoning Site 26 to permit development of an approximately 1.9 million-square-foot office building (including 550,755 square feet of unused development space from adjacent Site 25); and (2) rezoning Site 16/17 from its current 12 Floor Area Ratio (FAR) residential zoning to permit development of a 15 FAR commercial or mixed-use commercial and residential building.

The DSEIS also considers the potential impacts of the following other unrelated zoning changes being sought by BPCA: 1) the mapping of a neighborhood retail zoning overlay along the Battery Place frontages of Sites 2 and 3 in the South Neighborhood, and in the North Neighborhood, the extension of the retail zoning overlay on Site 19B and a reduction of the retail zoning overlay on Site 24; 2) an increase in the permitted streetwall height on Site 3 and mid-parcel height on Site 2; 3) a reduction in the permitted tower height for Sites 2 and 3; 4) an increase in the aggregate width of curb cuts permitted for Sites 2 and 3; and 5) an increase in the as-of-right bulk-head dimensions for the residential parcels. The DSEIS also considers the impact of the change of use of the area mapped as Park Place West from a street to public open space. The project is located Battery Park City, New York.

Contact: Michael Ketring, Esq. Senior Development Counsel, One World Financial Center, New York, NY Zip: 10281, phone: (212) 416-5342.