The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), in cooperation with the New York State Departments of State and Agriculture and Markets, has issued State Fiscal Year 2000/01 (SFY 2000/01) application materials for use by municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts in applying for state assistance payments toward the cost of Water Quality Improvement Projects under the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996 and Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Projects under Title 14 of Article 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Department has determined that this action will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts.
The Bond Act authorizes a total of $420 million in state assistance payments to municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts toward the cost of the following types of Water Quality Improvement Projects: (1) wastewater treatment improvement projects; (2) agricultural and nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control projects; (3) aquatic habitat restoration projects; and (4) pollution prevention projects. Title 14 of Article 17 of the ECL authorizes payments to municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts for nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control implementation projects.
The application materials consist of:
(1) A booklet entitled "Information for Applicants - 2000/01" which applies to all four types of Water Quality Improvement Projects noted above. This booklet contains information on applicant and project eligibility, evaluation factors, selection processes, state assistance payments and local share, and also contains definitions and summaries of the management plans referenced in the Bond Act; and
(2) An application form entitled "Application for State Assistance Payments - 2000/01" covering the following types of Water Quality Improvement Projects: (a) wastewater treatment improvement projects; (b) nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control projects; (c) aquatic habitat restoration projects; and (d) pollution prevention projects.
Eligible projects are Water Quality Improvement Projects to implement management plans for the Hudson River Estuary, Long Island Sound, Lake Champlain, New York Harbor Estuary, Peconic and South Shore Estuaries, Onondaga Lake, and the NYSDEC's Great Lakes Program; plus other approved projects in Villages, Towns, and Cities with a population of 75,000 or less; and other approved projects for the Finger Lakes area, as specified in the Bond Act. Eligible projects also include municipal nonpoint source abatement and control implementation projects developed in accordance with Title 14 of Article 17 of the ECL.
The Department is mailing a copy of the application materials to all chief elected officials of Counties, Cities, Towns, and Villages.
The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee announces the availability of Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and State Environmental Protection Fund assistance to implement projects pursuant to the New York State Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Grant Program as set forth in Section 11-b of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law. County Soil and Water Conservation Districts may apply for matching funds for the planning or implementation of agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control projects. The projects must consist of agricultural assessments, plans or activities which will reduce, abate, control, or prevent nonpoint source pollution originating from agricultural sources. Soil and Water Conservation Districts or groups of districts acting jointly are eligible to submit proposals.
Proposal Due: Tuesday, October 31, 2000, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Proposals must be delivered to:
State Soil and Water Conservation Committee
Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12235
If the proposal is delivered by United States mail, the date of the U.S. postmark stamped on the envelope shall be deemed to be the date of receipt. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
Contact: For a copy of the RFP and application, please contact: John Wildeman, Director, State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, at the above address, (518) 457-3738, or view the Department's website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us.
Pursuant to Sections 3-0301, 19-0301, and 19-0303 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following proposed action:
6 NYCRR Part 228, Surface Coating Operations, will be amended to correct three deficiencies in New York State's existing State Implementation Plan, as required by the Clean Air Act; to remove the more stringent requirements for small businesses compared to the requirements of larger operations, and to edit and update the text commensurate with the current regulations and trends. Public comment will be received until 45 days after publication of this notice.
For further information, contact: V. J. Thakkar, P.E., NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 50 Wolf Road, Room 108, Albany, NY 12233-3254, Telephone (518) 457-7688.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announces the availability of NYS Environmental Protection Fund grant monies under the Hudson River Estuary Grant Program. Grants are available for projects under the following categories: Community Interpretive Centers and Education; Habitat Protection and/or Restoration; Local Scenic Resources; Community Conservation and River Stewardship; River Access: Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Wild-life Recreation. Projects must be consistent with commitments identified in the 1998 Hudson River Estuary Action Plan.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are municipalities and not-for-profit corporations located within the geographic boundaries of the Hudson River Estuary and associated shore lands.
Funding: For 2000/2001 $1,125,000 is available for grants under this program. This is a matching/reimbursement program and grant recipients will be expected to provide at least a 25% match to these awards.
Deadline: Competitive applications to receive grant assistance are required. Completed applications must be postmarked or received at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-4250 no later than October 31, 2000.
For More Information: Applications and information may be obtained by contacting John Albert, Grants Administrator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-4250, (518) 457-4208.
NOTICE: Informational meetings and a legislative public hearing will be held to provide the public with an opportunity to understand and comment on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) proposal to revise 6 NYCRR Parts 855 through 859, 861, 862, 864, and 935, the Lower Hudson River and Upper East River-Long Island Sound Drainage Basins, to protect water quality within those waters consistent with their best usages.
Area Impacted: These regulatory changes would, if approved, impact certain surface waters in the named Drainage Basins in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties.
More Details and Information: May be obtained from: Colbath A. Tucker, P.E., NYSDEC, Room 398, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-3508; Telephone (518) 457-0634; Fax (518) 485-7786; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Website www.dec.state.ny.us, or
Joseph Marcogliese, P.E., NYSDEC Region 3 Water Engineer, 5th Floor, 200 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5805; Telephone (914) 332-1835, Ext. 359; Fax (914) 332-4670.
Public Information Meetings: October 3, 2000, 6:30 p.m., in the downstairs auditorium, 85 Court Street, Westchester County Building, White Plains, NY.
October 4, 2000, 6:30 p.m., at Kingston City Hall, Council Chambers, Second Floor, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY.
Public Hearing: October 16, 2000, 6:30 p.m., in the downstairs auditorium, 85 Court Street, Westchester County Building, White Plains, NY.
October 18, 2000, 6:30 p.m., at Kingston City Hall, Council Chambers, Second Floor, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY.
Purpose: The Public Information Meetings will include a presentation outlining the basic concepts of water quality classifications, the administrative process used by NYSDEC to amend classifications, and the opportunities for public input and participation in the process. Persons attending will have the opportunity to ask questions of NYSDEC staff who will be present.
Statements: Oral and written statements may be submitted at the hearing sessions. Written statements may also be submitted to Colbath A. Tucker, P.E. before or after the hearing sessions at the address above, but should be postmarked on or before October 25, 2000 to ensure they receive full consideration in the development of the final reclassification proposal.
Accessibility and Interpreter Services: The hearing sites are accessible to persons with impaired mobility. Interpreter services are free to deaf persons provided a written request is postmarked on or before September 15, 2000 and is received by Colbath A. Tucker, P.E.
Additional Matter Required by Statute: None
Authority: ECL: 3-0301, 15-0313, 17-0301; CWA: 101(a), 101(a)(2), 303(c); 6 NYCRR Part 609.