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Department of Environmental Conservation

Pursuant to 6 NYCCR Part 375 of the Environmental Conservation Law or notice requirements of ß202 (1) of the State Administrative Procedure Act, or both such statutes, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Availability of the Draft Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) for East 173rd Street Works (Starlight Park) Bronx Former MGP Site. The RAWP describes the proposed remedy which the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has found to be approvable for the site and it is now available for public review and comment. This notice begins the formal public 30-day comment period. The RAWP is available for review at the following locations:

Office of the Borough President
851 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 590-3500

Soundview Branch
New York Public Library
660 Soundview Ave.
(718) 589-0880

West Farms Branch
New York Public Library
2085 Honeywell Ave.
Bronx, NY 10460
(718) 367-5376

Written comments will be accepted through Friday, March 12, 2003 and may be submitted to the agency contact named below. A public meeting will be held within this 30-day comment period. Details for this meeting will be published locally.

Agency contact: Douglas MacNeal
NYSDEC
625 Broadway 11th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7014
Phone: (518) 402-9564
Fax: (518) 402-9679
Email: dkmacnea@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Proposed Designation of Bird Conservation Areas

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 ß 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 Helderberg BCA and South Shore Tidal Wetlands BCA as new Bird Conservation Areas. Twenty-five 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) Helderberg BCA is comprised of four parcels, totaling approximately 6,716 acres in Albany County. The BCA includes Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA) (4,714 acres), Partridge Run State Forest (880 acres), Margaret Burke WMA (248 acres), and Cole Hill State Forest (874 acres). This BCA meets four of the criteria necessary to be designated as a BCA. It is a migratory concentration site, diverse species concentration site, individual species concentration site, and a species at risk site. Of particular interest are the early successional species which include American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Prairie Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Nashville Warbler, and Blue-winged Warbler. The BCA also supports a wide variety of forest warblers, songbirds, and winter finches.

2) South Shore Tidal Wetlands BCA is comprised of 21 State Tidal Wetland parcels, totaling approximately 1,377 acres, in the South Shore Estuary area of Long Island, in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. These parcels include Inwood, Lido, Babylon Islands, Isbrandtsen, Timber Point, Pickman-Remmer, Pepperidge Hall, Ludlow Creek, Benton Bay, Brownís River, Namkee Creek, Stillman Creek, Lyman Marsh, Bellport Bay Marsh, Fireplace Neck, Johnís Neck, Tuthill Cove, Havenís Point, Moneybogue, Quantuck, and Shinnecock State Tidal Wetlands. The South Shore Tidal Wetlands BCA meets eight of the criteria necessary to be designated as a BCA. It is a waterfowl concentration site, pelagic seabird site, shorebird concentration site, wading bird concentration site, migratory concentration site, diverse species concentration site, individual species concentration site, and a species at risk site. The BCA supports a wide diversity of wetland dependent and upland species, including several species at risk. Species of interest include Northern Harrier, Common Tern, Osprey, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Clapper Rail, and Short-eared Owl.

DEC will accept comments on the proposed BCAs during a 30-day public comment period which ends January 23, 2004. 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: blswift@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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


Notice of Availability of Draft State Assistance Contract

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the "Department") has prepared a draft State Assistance Contract ("SAC") that is intended to be used by the Department as a standard document that is required for all parties who have been accepted into the Environmental Restoration Program set forth in Article 56, Title 5 of the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL").

In accordance with Section 3-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law, written comments regarding the Draft SAC will be accepted for thirty days after the date of publication of this Notice in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Comments should be submitted to Mary vonWergers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Enforcement, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5500.

The Draft SAC is available on the Departmentís website at www.dec.state.ny.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/erp or by writing or calling Lisa Cerniglia, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Enforcement, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5500, (518) 402-9512. In addition, copies of the Draft SAC are available for public inspection in the Departmentís main office at the above address and in each of the Departmentís nine regional offices.


6NYCRR Part 40 Notice of Proposed Rule Making

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 11-1303 and 13-0339-a, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making for 6NYCRR Part 40 relating to marine finfish. This notice will be published in issue 1 of the State Register, dated 1/7/2004.

For further information contact:
Alice Weber, Bureau of Marine Resources
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
205 N. Belle Meade Rd.
East Setauket, NY 11733
Telephone: (631) 444-0435
E-mail: amweber@gw.dec.state.ny.us