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State Agriculture and Farmland Protection Implementation Program

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announces the availability of funds from the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and the Environmental Protection Fund for farmland protection activities. Pursuant to the State Agricultural and Farmland Protection Implementation Program as set forth in Article 25-AAA of the Agriculture and Markets Law, county agricultural and farmland protection boards in counties with a farmland protection plan approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, or other municipalities which have in place a local farmland protection plan, may apply for State assistance payments for the implementation of projects and activities identified in the plans. Priority will be given to projects intended to preserve viable agricultural land; that are in areas facing significant development pressure; and that serve as a buffer for a significant natural public resource containing important ecosystem or habitat characteristics. State funds awarded to any applicant shall not exceed 75% of the total project cost.

Proposal Due: September 28, 2001, 4:00 pm

Location: Proposals must be delivered to:
Lucy Roberson, Director
Division of Fiscal Management
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12235
(518) 457-2080

If the proposal is delivered by the United States mail, the date of the U.S. postmark stamped on the envelope shall be deemed to be the date of receipt. Faxed and e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Contact: For a copy of the Request for Proposals, please contact: Ken Grudens, Farmland Protection Program Manager, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, 1 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12235, (518) 457-2713, or view the Department’s website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us.


DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180-2216

and

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205

MUNICIPALITIES AND OWNERS/OPERATORS OF PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

Draft Amendment #2 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan issued September 20, 2000 was published in the May 23, 2001 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for the Draft Amendment #2 closed on June 7, 2001. The New York State Department of Health received no public comments pertaining to this amendment. Therefore, the amendment to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan is final as shown below:

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) amended the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 20, 2000, to adjust the estimated project costs for 11 DWSRF projects listed in the Project Readiness List. A project description and explanation of the reason for the cost increases are included in the table below:

Borrower County Project Description DWSRF # Current IUP Cost Proposed IUP Cost Explanation
Upper Mohawk Valley Regional Water Board Oneida New covered storage to replace existing uncovered southern reservoir 15808 $2,172,312 $2,900,000 The project cost differential is necessary to cover issuance fees and the required borrower debt service reserve funds (the latter do not receive subsidy from the DWSRF).
(T) Greenville Greene Upgrade GW source, extend distribution,system consolidation 16688 $713,000 $718,175 Hardship confirmation amount is more than amount in IUP. Project costs were refined at the time of hardship application.
(T) Granville Washington New ground water (GW) source 16616 $736,350 $832,076 Hardship confirmation amount is more than amount in IUP. Project costs were refined at the time of hardship application.
(T) Richmondville Schoharie New distribution system 15147 $1,561,000 $1,946,000 Hardship application amount is higher than IUP amount. Project costs were refined at the time of hardship application.
(V) Whitney Point Broome New storage, upgrade distribution system 15010 $1,817,000 $2,071,250 The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared.
(T) Norfolk St.Lawrence New GW source, upgrade distribution system 15802 $706,250 $715,000 Initial pre-application did not include issuance fees.
(T) Roxbury, Grand Gorge WD Delaware New water treatment plant, new GW source 15624 $1,700,000 $2,100,000 The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared.
Suffolk County Water Authority Suffolk New transmission and distribution system 16821 $2,290,802 $3,677,791 The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared. In addition, an amount necessary to provide for the required borrower debt service reserve funds that do not receive subsidy from the DWSRF is included.
Suffolk County Water Authority Suffolk New GW source 16857 $56,297 $999,619 Reporting error in pre-application resulted in incorrect project cost appearing on the IUP. In addition, an amount necessary to provide for the required borrower debt service reserve funds that do not receive subsidy from the DWSRF is included.
Suffolk County Water Authority Suffolk New transmission and distribution, upgrade distribution 16873 $644,942 $1,088,872 The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared. In addition, an amount necessary to provide for the required borrower debt service reserve funds that do not receive subsidy from the DWSRF is included.
Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Orange New aluminum structural cover for storage basin 16891 $360,809 $485,000 The actual bids for the project were higher than the original estimate.

The Department has determined that these project cost increases are necessary, reasonable and consistent with the original project concept. In addition, the scope of the projects has not changed, nor have we altered the project priority rankings in any way. These project cost increases will not adversely affect any other project on the IUP Project Readiness List above the funding line. A portion of the proposed IUP cost increase for the Suffolk County Water Authority and the Upper Mohawk Valley Regional Water Board projects is related to required borrower debt service reserve funds that do not receive subsidy from the DWSRF. Except for the above-noted change, there is no other change to projects listed on the Project Readiness List or to the project priority rankings.

The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOHs toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.

This notice was prepared and submitted by:

Charles J. Amento
Chief, Small Systems Section
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
New York State Department of Health
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Phone Number: (518) 402-7650


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

Draft 2002 Intended Use Plans (IUPs)
Public Meeting & Hearing; Comments; Applications

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Health (DOH) are pleased to announce the availability of the draft Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2002 Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The IUPs include lists of projects that could receive low interest financing between October 1, 2001 and September 30, 2002, the next IUP financing period.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS:

Types of municipal point source and nonpoint source water pollution control projects eligible for CWSRF low interest financing include: sanitary sewers; wastewater treatment plants and pumping facilities; water supply filter backwash and sludge handling facilities; landfill closure or capping projects; landfill leachate collection, storage and treatment facilities; landfill gas collection and control facilities; aircraft deicing fluid collection, storage and treatment facilities; storage facilities for highway deicing materials; leaking underground storage tank closure and remediation; stormwater pollution abatement facilities; Brownfields remediation; and other municipally-owned projects or portions of projects that maintain, protect or improve water quality.

Types of municipal and privately-owned public water supply system projects eligible for DWSRF low interest financing and financial hardship assistance include: construction and rehabilitation of water treatment plants; transmission and distribution mains; storage facilities; pump stations; interconnections; new drinking water sources; consolidation of water supplies; and upgrades to existing water systems.

INTENDED USE PLANS & PROJECT LISTING:

Projects must be included on the Project Priority Lists (PPLs) in the IUPs to receive State Revolving Fund (SRF) financing. Municipalities or public water supply systems interested in financing one or more projects not currently listed in the CWSRF IUP or DWSRF IUP should submit the appropriate IUP project listing information before Friday, August 3,2001 to the EFC for CWSRF projects or to the DOH for DWSRF projects. For assistance with the IUP listing process, please call the EFC or DOH office listed at the end of this notice.

For CWSRF projects, a municipality must have an approvable engineering report or technical report to be listed for a long-term financing in the Annual List of the CWSRF IUP or to submit an application for any type of CWSRF financing. It is anticipated that the CWSRF will have sufficient resources to finance all projects for which municipalities have completed application requirements by the appropriate deadlines.

For DWSRF projects, an applicant must have submitted an engineering report or plans and specifications to the DOH by August 3, 2001, or have completed construction, to be included on the Project Readiness List in the final DWSRF IUP. DWSRF projects will be financed to the extent that sufficient funds are available for the effective period of the DWSRF IUP.

The draft FFY 2002 IUPs will be mailed to certain municipal officials, system owners, advisors, consulting firms, and other interested parties in mid-June. Copies of the draft IUPs will be available at New York State Documents Depository Libraries. The CWSRF IUP will also be available on the EFC web page" at www.nysefc.org (select "Clean Water" or "What's New"). The DWSRF IUP will also be available on the DOH "web page" at www.health.state.ny.us (select "Information for Consumers"; "Environmental and Occupational Health"; "Drinking Water").

DUE DATE FOR COMMENTS:

Written statements or comments on the draft IUPs can be filed prior to the hearing, at the hearing, and after the hearing until the close of business on Friday, August 3, 2001, the end of the comment period. Written and oral statements will be made part of the official record. Written statements or comments on the draft IUPs should be filed with:

CWSRF: Mr. Robert Davis, PE
Director, Program Management Division
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207-2997
FAX: (518) 402-7456

DWSRF:Mr. Michael Burke, PE
Director, Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
New York State Department of Health
547 River Street, Flanigan Square, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180
FAX: (518) 402-7659

PUBLIC MEETING & HEARING:

A joint public meeting and hearing will be held to review the draft FFY 2002 CWSRF IUP and DWSRF IUP. The date, time and location of the public meeting and hearing is provided below. Pre-registration is not required. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for disabled persons if requested in advance.

DATE CITY/COUNTY TIME LOCATION
Tuesday
July 24, 2001
Colonie
Albany County
10:00 AM The Desmond Hotel
2 King Street Meeting Room
660 Albany Shaker Road
(Exit 4 off I-87)
( ¼ mile west on Albany Shaker Road)
Albany, NY (518) 869-8100

Directions from the South: Take the Northway (I-87 north of Albany) to exit 4. Take a left off the exit ramp (Wolf Road) and get in left lane. Make a left onto Albany Shaker Road and go under the Northway. The Desmond is about ¼ mile on the left.

Directions from the North: Take the Northway to exit 4. Take a left off the exit ramp (Wolf Road Extension). Proceed to Albany Shaker Road. Take a right onto Albany Shaker Road. The Desmond is about 200 yards on the left.

APPLICATION PACKAGES & DUE DATES:

Copies of the FFY 2002 CWSRF and DWSRF Application Packages will be mailed to applicants with projects on the draft 2002 CWSRF or DWSRF IUPs that may be ready for financing during this IUP period (October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002). Copies of the application packages will also be available at the public meeting and hearing. For a copy of the FFY 2002 Application Package, please call the EFC office listed at the end of this notice.

The CWSRF Application Package can be used to apply for both short-term and long-term financing. CWSRF short-term financing can finance project design and construction start-up costs until the short-term financing can be rolled over into a long-term financing. Multiple water pollution control projects can be financed with one long-term financing if the projects are ready in the same IUP financing period and are fundable on the PPL. The CWSRF can also be used to prefinance or co-fund projects that anticipate receiving total or partial project financing from grant reimbursement programs, loans and other sources, including the NYS Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.

Applications for CWSRF and DWSRF financing are accepted on a continuous basis. Complete applications for the Winter Pool long-term leveraged financings must be submitted by October 1, 2001 for the CWSRF program and by October 15, 2001 for the DWSRF program, with closing targeted for March 2002. Complete applications for the Summer Pool long-term leveraged financings must be submitted by March 1, 2002 for both SRF programs, with closing targeted for July 2002. Complete applications for CWSRF direct long-term financing or short-term financing must be submitted before May 1, 2002 for financing in this IUP period. Complete applications for DWSRF direct long-term financing must be submitted before April 1, 2002 for financing in this IUP period. Applicants who have received a confirmation letter regarding a hardship determination on their project should submit the application package prior to the date indicated in their confirmation letter.

Interest-free CWSRF short-term financing will be available for projects on the IUP Multi-Year project list that have high enough priority scores to be fundable on the Annual PPL and that meet all application requirements. Short-term applications will be accepted on a first come/first served basis, up to the amount reserved for short-term financing. Some applicants constructing sewage treatment projects serving residential areas may qualify for reduced interest or interest-free direct long-term financing based on a determination of financial hardship.

Some eligible disadvantaged communities may apply for DWSRF Additional Financing Subsidies (Grants) beyond the interest-free rate. DWSRF Financial Hardship Applications for the next IUP period must be submitted to the DOH by December 3, 2001.

EFC & DOH CONTACTS:

For a copy of the draft FFY 2002 IUP, assistance with the IUP listing process, or for information on these SRF programs, please contact:

CWSRF:Mr. David Morseman
Program Services Representative III
Program Management Division
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207-2997
(800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or (518) 402-7433
FAX: (518) 402-7456
EFC web site: www.nysefc.org

DWSRF:Mr. Charles Amento
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
New York State Department of Health
547 River Street, Flanigan Square, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180
800 458-1158 ext. 27650 (within NYS only) or (518) 402-7650
FAX: (518) 402-7689

APPLICATION PACKAGES:

For a copy of the CWSRF or DWSRF Application Package, please contact Mr. Morseman at the above EFC address or phone number. For a copy of the DWSRF Financial Hardship Application, please contact Mr. Amento at the above DOH address or phone number.