Consolidated SPDES Renewals
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing designation of two new Bird Conservation Areas (BCAs) in accordance with Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL § 11-0539 , 11-2001 and 11-2003). The BCA program provides a comprehensive, ecosystem approach to conserving birds and their habitats on state-owned lands and waters. It also provides for education and research opportunities related to birds and their habitats. Designation of a BCA will not affect existing recreational activities.
Legislative amendments to the BCA program enacted in 2002 require public notice of any proposed designations with a 30-day public comment period following publication of the notice. At this time, DEC proposes designation of Ashland Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and portions of Long Pond State Forest as new Bird Conservation Areas. Twenty-three BCAs have been designated by DEC and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation since the law was enacted in 1997.
1) Ashland BCA is approximately 2,000 acres in Jefferson County and meets four of the criteria necessary to be designated as a BCA: diverse species concentration site; migratory species concentration site; individual species concentration site; and species at risk site. This BCA includes all of the Ashland WMA, which has relatively large areas of early successional habitats, including grassland, shrublands, and old fields. Many bird species that rely on early successional habitats are declining as their habitats are lost throughout New York. Ashland provides much needed habitat for these species.
2) Long Pond BCA is approximately 400 acre grassland complex within Long Pond State Forest in Chenango County. The grassland area meets three of the criteria necessary to be designated as a BCA: diverse species concentration site; individual species concentration site; and species at risk site. Long Pond BCA supports several species of grassland birds, including Henslow’s Sparrows, a State-listed Threatened species. The fields are maintained through mowing or burning to keep them in grasslands.
DEC will accept comments on the proposed BCAs during a 30-day public comment period which ends June 6, 2003. Comments or questions should be addressed to Bryan L. Swift, Nongame and Habitat Unit, DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754, phone (518) 402-8896; fax: (518)-402-8925; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on the BCA program and other sites that have been designated can be found on the BCA website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/bca/index.html
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND (EPF)
LAND & WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF)
You are invited to a series of public information meetings regarding the availability of funds under the Environmental Protection Fund and the Land & Water Conservation Fund. Both the EPF and the LWCF provide funds for assistance towards the cost of many park and environmental programs.
Grant applications are available for the following EPF and LWCF programs. The due date for completed applications is June 20, 2003.
All public meeting locations will include workshops on application requirements and procedures for the Parks, Historic Preservation and Heritage Areas programs; and Local Waterfront Revitalization program. Staff will present workshops on the Hudson River Estuary programs at the Taconic/Palisades, Saratoga/Capital and New York City meetings.
Additionally, staff will be available to answer questions on other Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and EPF programs, including:
The following are the dates and locations of the public information meetings.
NEW YORK CITY
May 5, 2003 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Harlem State Office Building
163 West 125th Street
May 6, 2003 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Planting Fields Arboretum
Planting Fields Road
May 7, 2003 10:00 a.m. - noon for OPRHP
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for all other programs
Norrie Point Environmental Center
Mills-Norrie State Park
May 8, 2003 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Saratoga Spa State Park
May 9, 2003 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bonnie Castle Resort
Outer Holland St.
May 12, 2003 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Arts and Home Center
State Fair Blvd.
May 13, 2003 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Niagara County Courthouse
175 Hawley Street
May 14, 2003 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Center for Excellence
4039 Route 219
May 15, 2003 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Penfield Community Center
1985 Baird Road
May 19, 2003 1:00 - 3:00 p.m
Seneca Falls Community Center
35 Water Street
Application materials and information can be obtained from the respective agencies by contacting the following:
Department of State - Local Waterfront Revitalization
NYS Department of State
Division of Coastal Resources
41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231
(518) 473-3942; fax (518) 473-2464
Department of Environmental Conservation - Hudson River Estuary
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1080
(518) 402-9401; fax (518) 402-9392
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - parks, historic preservation and heritage areas
Kevin Burns, Chief of Grants
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Agency Bldg 1, 16th Floor
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238
(518) 474-0427; fax (518) 486-7377
Information about other, similar programs can be obtained by contacting these offices:
Department of Agriculture & Markets
(for agricultural non-point source abatement)
Ronald Kaplewicz, Director
State Soil & Water Conservation Committee
Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12235
(518) 457-3738; fax (518) 457-3412
Agriculture & Markets - farmland protection
Agricultural Protection Unit
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12235
(518) 457-2713; fax (518) 457-2716
Hudson River Valley Greenway
Hudson River Valley Greenway
Capitol Building, Room 254
Capitol Station, Albany, NY 12224
(518) 473-3835; fax (518) 473-4518 www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us
Applicant: Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid Company
300 Erie Blvd West
Syracuse, NY 13202-4201
Applicant ID: 0-0000-01147/00011
Permit Type: Freshwater Wetlands (Article 24)
Location: Certain electric transmission lines in DEC Regions 4 through 9
Project Description: Authorize the use of registered herbicides (Accord C and Arsenal or Glypro) in regulated Freshwater Wetlands in accordance with all label requirements using low volume application methods during routine management of Rights of Way for certain electric transmission lines in the Niagara Mohawk service area.
The following list indicates the electric transmission line Rights of Way to be managed listed by DEC Region and includes the County, Town and regulated freshwater wetlands that the transmission line crosses.
Wetlands and Municipalities with Scheduled Year 2003 ROW Vegetation Maintenance
GA-6, GA-21, GA-22, GA-7
RV-17, LE-18, RV-11, RV-12, RV-13
|AK-11, AK-9, AK-14|
|ST-10, ST-9, ST-8|
BS-11, BS-9, BS-5, BS-3, BS-1
AX-1, AX-2, AX-3
AK-13, AK-11, AK-16
HR-12, HR-6, HR-1
A-1, A-10, A-7, TN-10
B-13, B-3, B-39
M-36, M-43, M-42, M-39, M-49, M-56, M-15, M-14
M-8, S-8, C-26
C-26, C-50, C-48
C-50, C-47, C-44, C-7
|Warren||Queensbury||Glens Falls||GF-23, GF-24|
|Soft Maple Reservoir
A-7, A-5, A-75
MA-6, MA-8, MA-15, MA-14
UE-3, UE-2, UE-9
WL-2, WL-5, WL-17
|SON-19, SON-2, SYW-16 |
SYE-29 SYE-25 SYE-24 SYE-23 SYE-21 SYE-20 SYE-22 SYE-18 SYE-17 SYE-11 SYE-6 SYE-7 SYE-8 SYE-9 SYE-2
BRE-7, BRE-25, BRE-17
SYE-17, SYE-11, SYE-9,SYE-22, SYE-26
FU-63, FU-16, FU-12, FU-17, FU-4, FU-10, FU-24, FU-53, OW-17
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination
The project is an unlisted action and will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. A negative declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The activity being reviewed is exempt or in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Availability for Public Comment
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the contact person no later than May 23, 2003.
Contact Person: Barbara Rinaldi
NYSDEC, Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1750
MUNICIPALITIES AND OWNERS/OPERATORS OF PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) propose to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Final Intended Use Plan (IUP) dated September 26, 2002, to adjust the estimated project cost for six 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|
|Village of Sherburne||Chenango||New groundwater source, new transmission, upgrade storage, upgrade distribution||15237||$2,000,000||$4,000,000||Amendment is required to allow the DWSRF program to pre-finance the Rural Development grant/loan portion of the project. After the project is completed and the Rural Development Loan/Grant is issued, the proceeds will used to pay down the DWSRF portion that was pre-financed.|
|Town of Greenville||Greene||Phase 2 #16688 (upgrade GW source, upgrade and extend distribution system, new system consolidation)||17157||$101,700||$125,000||The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared.|
|Erie County Water Authority||Erie||Harris Hill pump station and transmission main, new transmission, new pump station||17080||$5,109,860||$5,623,890||The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared.|
|City of Olean||Cattaraugus||Construct pre-stressed concrete tanks to replace uncovered finished water storage facilities, new storage||15212||$3,503,339||$4,700,000||The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate from 1997 as plans and specifications were prepared.|
|Town of Evans||Erie||Remediate inadequate pressures, new storage, upgrade distribution system||16890||$847,500||$863,000||The cost increase is the result of the engineer updating the original project estimate as plans and specifications were prepared.|
|Village of Stamford||Delaware||Phase 2 #15027 (new water treatment plant)||16797||$36,715||$46,735|
The Department has determined that the 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 Erie County Water Authority project 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.
Written statements or comments on the above DWSRF project cost increases will be accepted by fax or mail until close of business on May 22, 2003 and should be filed with:
Mr. Michael E. Burke, P.E.
Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 400
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Fax Number: (518) 402-7659
The revised Project Readiness List may be obtained by calling DOH's toll free information line at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27676 (within New York State only) or (518) 402-7676.