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PROPOSED LIST OF RECOMMENDED
WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS UNDER THE
CLEAN WATER/CLEAN AIR BOND ACT OF 1996

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("NYSDEC"), as authorized by Title 3, Section 56-0303 of the Environmental Conservation Law, known as the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, and in accordance with subdivision 3 of Section 56-0303 of Environmental Conservation Law, has compiled an eligible project list for the Finger Lakes using the project eligibility and ranking guidelines. This list is subject to a forty-five day review and comment period by the appropriate management conference, advisory committee or advisory council prior to finalizing such list of projects.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the New York State Departments of State and Agriculture and Markets, proposes the Water Quality Improvement Projects listed in the charts below to be funded with 2000-01 State capital appropriations under Title 3, Section 56-0303 of the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996.

The following types of Water Quality Improvement Projects were considered for funding: (1) wastewater treatment improvement projects; (2) agricultural and non-agricultural, non-point source abatement and control projects; (3) aquatic habitat restoration projects.

Projects eligible to be funded are Water Quality Improvement Projects to implement management plans for Finger Lakes.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviewed more than 400 Water Quality Improvement Project applications submitted statewide from municipalities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and State agencies. The proposed list of projects to be funded have all of the characteristics listed below. The projects:

The DEC will accept comments on the proposed list of projects to be funded during a 45-day public comment period which ends November 30, 2001. Written comments should be addressed to Bond Act, Water Quality Improvement Projects, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3500.

During the comment period, DEC will discuss the proposed list of projects for each Management Plan area with the appropriate committee coordinating the implementation for that Management Plan area. The list of Bond Act projects to be funded for the applicable project categories will be finalized and published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin following the public comment period and the management committee review.

Management Plan: Finger Lakes

There is no basin-wide management plan for the Finger Lakes. Instead, the statute refers to water quality improvement projects for the Finger Lakes and their tributaries which are approved by the Secretary of State pursuant to Article 42 of executive law or by the Commissioner of DEC. Priority was given to projects that have been (a) approved by the Commissioner of DEC; (b) identified in plans in accordance with the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program or the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and approved by the Secretary of State; and/or (c) developed in accordance with the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program and approved by the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets. The following projects are consistent with those identified priorities:

2000 WQI COUNTY PROJECT NAME APPLICANT NAME ELIGIBLE BOND
ACT COSTS
BOND ACT FUNDS APPROVED
4177

Cayuga Sanitary Sewer Upgrade and Extension

Town of Fleming

$1,808,143
$483,118

4172

Livingston

Hamlet of Conesus Sanitary Sewer System

Town of Conesus

$2,230,000

$486,650

4461

Ontario Sanitary Sewer Repair City of Geneva $675,000 $573,750
4040 Tompkins Municipal WW Collection & Treatment System Additions Ithaca-Cayuga Heights Seg. 1 City of Ithaca $1,355,883 $400,000
4040 Tompkins Municipal WW Collection & Treatment System Additions Ithaca-Cayuga Heights Seg. 2 City of Ithaca $1,200,000 $386,051
4450 Cayuga/Seneca Cayuga/Seneca Counties BMP Implementation - Cayuga Lake Watershed Cayuga County SWCD $372,383 $269,243
4451 Cayuga Tidd Manure Management Project Cayuga County SWCD $73,117 $52,726
4234 Seneca Cayuga Lake Roadbank Stabilization Project Seneca County SWCD $112,665 $48,192
4239 Ontario Honeoye/Canadice/Hemlock Watershed Roadbank Stabilization Project Ontario County SWCD $598,000 $299,000
4434 Yates Seneca Lake Watershed AEM Tier IV Implementation 1 Grant Yates County SWCD $629,476 $501,270