Consolidated SPDES Renewals
DEC Announces First Annual Environmental Excellence Awards
- Applications Available -
Applications are now available for New York State’s First Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This award program was established to recognize NYS organizations that excel in one or more of the following areas: innovative practices, sustainable practices, or in the establishment of partnerships efforts. Eligible applicants include: business/technical assistance providers (includes private educational facilities); non-governmental organizations; government/municipalities (local, state, federal and public educational facilities); and individuals.
Review criteria will include the following: overall environmental benefits, environmental justice, overall economic benefits, innovations in technology, sustainability, partnerships that were created or strengthened by the project, demonstrated leadership, level of management commitment, and transferability.
IMPORTANT: The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Fall of 2004. Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2004.
The application package is available through the DEC’s website: www.dec.state.ny.us, by clicking on "Highlights," by looking under the Subject Index or by doing a Search for "Environmental Excellence Awards."
Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards, should contact Michelle Hinman at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, telephone (518) 402-9469, fax (518) 402-9168, email email@example.com.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
New York Division Office (NYDO)
ACTION: Programmatic Executive Order 11990 (EO 11990) Wetland Findings
In accordance with EO 11990, and based on the following procedures, the FHWA NYDO finds that this programmatic wetland finding may be applied for any Federal-aid project classified as a Categorical Exclusion (CE) with an approved US Corps of Engineers (COE) permit (excluding Nationwide Permit 23) and/ or a project classified as a CE that impacts isolated wetlands that:
1. There will be no practicable alternative to the proposed construction in wetlands, and
2. the proposed project will include all practicable measures to minimize harm to the involved wetlands which may result from such use.
3. The project will be developed in accordance with the procedure for a public involvement/ public hearing program approved by FHWA pursuant to 23 CFR 771.111(h)(1).
4. The project CE documentation shall demonstrate that avoidance and minimization issues are discussed and described for each wetland. The following information shall be documented in the New York State Department of Transportation project file:
a. approximate wetland size
b. area of impact including temporary and permanent impacts
c. type of wetland, including the function and value of the wetland
d. any plan sheets that show the location of the wetland and the project boundaries
Any Federal-aid transportation project requiring an EA or EIS shall require an individual wetland finding.
There will be a 45-day comment period starting the day of publication.
For the complete Programmatic Agreement or comments contact: Erika Thompson, Environmental Program Coordinator, Federal Highway Administration, New York Division Office, Leo W. O’Brien Federal Building 7th Floor, Albany, NY 12207 (e-mail Erika.Thompson@fhwa.dot.gov or telephone 518-431-4125 x 255).