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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 a draft project list for the Lake Champlain 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, selected the Water Quality Improvement Projects listed in the charts below to be funded with 2001-02 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 nonagricultural nonpoint 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 Lake Champlain.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviewed more than 700 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 October 21, 2002. 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: Lake Champlain

The Lake Champlain Management Plan identifies three high priorities: phosphorus reduction; prevention and control of persistent toxics; and management of nuisance non-indigenous aquatic species. Secondary priorities are: restoration of fish and wildlife habitat; protection and enhancement of wetlands; and preservation of vulnerable habitat corridors. The following projects are consistent with the priorities identified in the Lake Champlain Management Plan:

2001 WQI COUNTY PROJECT NAME APPLICANT NAME ELIGIBLE BOND ACT COSTS BOND ACT FUNDS APPROVED
5291 Warren Halfway Brook Wetland Improvements Project Warren County $92,000 $46,000
4122 Essex Lake Placid Water Pollution Control Plant Upgrades Village of Lake Placid $510,098 $433,584
5120 Essex Town of Moriah/Village of Port Henry Wastewater System Improvements Town of Moriah $588,235 $500,000


Federal Watershed Initiative Grant Program

Watershed Initiative Call for Applications

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has issued a call for nominations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Watershed Initiative grant program. This grant program is to encourage protection and restoration of waterbodies in the United States through the use of watershed approaches.

The President has requested $21 million in his 2003 budget for this initiative. Subject to the availability of appropriations, the EPA will select up to 20 watersheds for grants ranging from $300,000 to $1.3 million. Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project or projects.


The Department is requesting nominations on behalf of Governor George E. Pataki, who can nominate two watersheds within the state and an unlimited number of interstate or joint tribal/state watersheds for the grant program. The Department will consider nominations that meet the requirements exactly as identified in the EPA call for nominations: a) Format b) Required Elements and c) Non-Federal match requirement. Nominations will be reviewed and evaluated by the Department using EPA’s criteria announced in the August 20, 2002 Federal Register.

For nominations to be reviewed for possible nomination by Governor Pataki, they must be received by the Department by 5:00 p.m., October 11, 2002. Send an original and 10 copies to:

Watershed Initiative
Division of Water
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3500

In addition, send an electronic copy of the nomination to: dowinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us with the subject line: Watershed Initiative.

More information about this grant program can be found on EPA’s Watershed Initiative website at www.epa.gov/owow.watershed./initiative. Included on the website is the Federal Register notice, the nomination and selection process, and required elements of the nomination. Contacts at EPA are: Theresa Faber (212) 637-3844; faber.theresa@epa.govor Cyndy Belz (212) 637-3832; belz.cyndy@epa.gov Contacts at the Department are Lois New (518) 402-8239; lanew@gw.dec.state.ny.us or Dick Draper (518) 402-8250; redraper@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Public Comment Period Open for Comparative Risk Project Draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group

Project Description:

The New York State Comparative Risk Project (Project) was initiated in 1996 to assist the Department of Environmental Conservation in developing a risk-based approach to pollution prevention. The Project seeks to identify those environmental problems that pose the highest risks to the citizens and the environment of New York State and to develop recommendations for reducing those risks through pollution prevention/risk reduction programs, or technical assistance strategies. The Project decisions are, to the greatest extent practicable, based on the available scientific information and current technology and attempt to reflect public opinions and values.

The comparison of environmental problems in this Project is based on risks associated with substances that are released into the environment. These substances can be chemicals or particles that may be released into the air, water, or land. Fourteen groups of these substances, called stressors, have been developed. The stressor groupings are based on similarities in their physical or chemical characteristics.

The project is broken into two phases. Phase 1, the risk characterization phase, identified the most significant threats to human health, ecosystems, and quality of life that result from toxic releases to the environment. For this phase, three work groups were established to identify and evaluate these environmental threats. The evaluations of these three groups were intended to help identify those problem areas where current regulatory and pollution prevention efforts have either not yet been implemented, can benefit from enhancement, or have so far failed to adequately reduce risk to human health, ecosystems, or quality of life for New Yorkers. The Project focuses on residual risks (i.e., the risks that remain given current levels of environmental regulation and control). These first three work groups have written reports that examine and compare the risks posed by the groups of 14 stressors.

Phase 2, the risk reduction strategies phase, developed management strategies that incorporate pollution prevention methods and prioritized them for implementation. For Phase 2, a Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group was established to build on the work of the three previous work groups and the Project Steering Committee by identifying sources of the 14 stressors evaluated and the availability of pollution prevention measures that are potentially the most effective at reducing risk. The Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group has prepared a Draft Final Report that develops, prioritizes and recommends for implementation overall management strategies that also incorporate specific pollution prevention strategies.

Additional details about the Comparative Risk Project, including copies of the Project ground rules and other documents, can be obtained through the Project website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html.

Available Reports:

Three work group reports, prepared by the Human Health, Ecosystems, and Quality of Life Work Groups were released in the summer of 2001 for public comment and have been finalized. A Steering Committee Final Report summarizing the Project and findings from Phase 1 is also available. The draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group is now available for public comment.

All reports can be obtained through the Project’s website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2crp.html. They can also be obtained through the address, phone, fax, and email address provided in the next section.

Public Comment Period Information:

A public comment period on the draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group will take place through September 16, 2002. During this time, written comments on this draft report will be accepted by the following means:

Formal public comments will not be taken by phone, but those with questions about the Project may call 518-402-9472

Please send comments in by September 16, 2002. The Draft Final Report of the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group will be revised and finalized shortly after review of the public comments received, and it is anticipated that the Steering Committee will prepare a final report for the Project by the end of 2002. Although no formal written response to individual public comments will be prepared, each comment that is received will be considered by the Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group or the Steering Committee and will be reflected in changes to the report which will be posted on the Project’s website.


Final Amendment No. 2 to the FFY 2002 CWSRF Intended Use Plan Revisions to Uses of Funds

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2002 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control Projects, dated September 2001, has been amended. A notice published in the July 31, 2002 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) announced the availability of draft Amendment No. 2 to the FFY 2002 CWSRF IUP which discussed adjustments to the uses of funds. Copies of the amendment were mailed to the primary contacts for each municipality who were mailed the final FFY 2002 CWSRF IUP in September 2001. Written comments on the draft were to be submitted by Friday, August 16, 2002. No public comments were received. Therefore, Amendment No. 2 to the FFY 2002 CWSRF IUP is final.

Copies of the final Amendment No. 2 can be requested by calling the EFC toll-free line at (800) 882-9721 (within NYS only) or at (518) 402-7433. Amendment No. 2 will also be available on the EFC web site at www.nysefc.org (click on “What’s New” or “Clean Water”).


Meeting Notice

The Statewide Trails Council. It will be from 11:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, September 14, 2002 at the Grafton Lakes State Park nature center in Grafton, NY.

Contact: Robert W. Reinhardt, 17th Floor, Agency Bldg. 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, phone: (518) 486-2909, fax: (518) 474-7013, e-mail: Robert.Reinhardt@oprhp.state.ny.us