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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Environmental Board will be held at 2:00 p.m., March 22, 2005 in Room 129 of the Department’s main offices at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

The Environmental Board will consider the following rulemaking actions of the Department of Environmental Conservation:

This meeting is open to the public.

Ruth L. Earl
Executive Secretary
State Environmental Board


Public Notice

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Draft All Terrain Vechicle (ATV) Policy for Public ATV Acess to Recreational Programs on the Forest Preserve, Reforestation, Multiple Use, Unique, Wildlife Management Areas, Tidal Wetlands, Environmental Education Centers and Conservation Easements Lands

Contact Information: Copies of this proposed policy can be obtained by contacting the person indicated below. The policy is also available on the Department’s website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/index.html. Public meetings will be held on the draft policy. Specific dates, locations and times of the public meetings will be forthcoming in a future Environmental Notice Bulletin.

Written comments are welcome and should be sent to the contact person listed below until May 27, 2005.

Contact person: Robert Davies, Division Director
NYS DEC
Division of Lands and Forests
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4250
(518) 402-9405

Project Location: This policy applies to Forest Preserve, Reforestation, Multiple Use, Unique, Wildlife Management Areas, Tidal Wetlands, Environmental Education Centers and Conservation Easement Lands throughout the State.

Project Description: The action involves a new policy that establishes criteria for determining the suitability of roads or trails to be opened or to remain open to public ATV access on land owned and/or managed by the Department. This will be accomplished through the unit management planning process and pursuant to the terms of individual conservation easements and associated recreation management plans and only if the relevant requirements of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (when applicable), Department rules and regulations, Vehicle and Traffic Law provisions, and other policy criteria have been satisfied.

The Department does not offer ATV riding as a program on the public lands that it owns and manages, however, it is one of several ways that the public may utilize to access its programs, such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking on public and easement lands that have been determined to be appropriate for such use and are open to public ATV access. This policy prohibits the use of ATV’s within the boundaries of Wildlife Management Areas, Tidal Wetlands and Environmental Education Centers, with the possible exception of ATV use by persons with disabilities using CP-3 permits and non-ambulatory hunting permits.


Public Notice

NEW YORK STATE ENVIRONMENTAL FACILITIES CORPORATION
NOTICE OF FINAL DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECT CATEGORIES
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESS
WATER PROGRAM

I. BACKGROUND, SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), through its Financial Assistance to Business (FAB) Water Program, proposes to provide funding; 1) to businesses and to water suppliers on behalf of businesses for all projects that will create, improve or extend water supply facilities that are designed to comply with applicable federal laws and state drinking water supply requirements; and 2) to businesses and municipalities on behalf of business for projects that will create, improve or extend wastewater treatment facilities that are designed to comply with applicable federal and state water quality requirements. This funding will be made pursuant to the Financial Assistance to Business (FAB) Water Program that was created by Governor George E. Pataki’s Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996, and implementing regulations (21 NYCRR Part 2606). All eligible projects must demonstrate an environmental or public health benefit.

The FAB Water Program was established to help businesses and water suppliers on behalf of businesses, increase the availability and improve the quality of water supplies and to help businesses and municipalities on behalf of business increase the availability and improve the quality of wastewater treatment facilities.

Assistance from the FAB Water Program will be available only to projects that are located in villages, towns, and cities with a population of less than one million people.

II. PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE

As required by Part 2606, this notice describes eligibility requirements for the FAB Water Program, the time period during which EFC will accept applications for funding, and certain other eligibility criteria.

III. DEFINITIONS

Unless defined herein, terms used in this notice shall have the meanings set forth in Section 56-0101 of the Environmental Conservation Law, or 21 NYCRR Part 2606. Terms used in this notice have the following meanings:

“Water supply project” means the planning, design, construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities, equipment, sites, or buildings for the supply, control, treatment, distribution, and transport of water supplies to ensure the integrity and quality of such water including compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and other applicable federal and state drinking water supply standards.

“Wastewater Treatment Facility” means the planning, design, construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities, equipment, sites, or buildings needed to reduce or prevent water pollution including compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and other applicable federal and State water quality standards.

IV. DESCRIPTION OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Projects eligible for funding under the FAB Water Program must demonstrate an environmental or public health benefit, and may include investments to construct, upgrade, improve or replace infrastructure which will provide to businesses: 1) water supplies which meet the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and other applicable federal and State water supply requirements; or, 2) wastewater treatment facilities which meet the requirements of applicable federal and state water quality requirements. Some other examples include:

Water Supply Projects

Wastewater Treatment Projects

V. PROJECT SELECTION

All complete applications will be evaluated based upon characteristics of each proposed project. This evaluation will be based upon factors including, but not limited to:

Once a decision to fund a project is made, EFC will notify successful project owners, and execute a contract describing the rights and responsibilities of the parties. EFC will then begin processing the State Assistance Payments. No funds will be disbursed until all necessary permits and approvals for the project (including, DOH approval to create, construct or modify a public water system, any SEQRA requirements, and, if necessary, a DEC water supply permit) have been received.

VI. PROJECT COMPLETION DATE

All approved project applicants for which FAB Water money is awarded must enter into and fully execute an Agreement with EFC for a State Assistance Payment within three (3) years of the date of the FAB Water eligibility approval letter. In addition, all approved projects must commence within four (4) years of the date of this letter.

VII. AMOUNT OF FUNDING

EFC will make state assistance payments for not more than 75% of the cost of an eligible project on a reimbursement basis. EFC may award less than 75% of the cost of a project based upon a determination that the amount of the award will allow the project to proceed, given other sources of funding.

VIII. APPLICATION SCHEDULE

EFC will accept applications for State Assistance Payments under the FAB Water Program through April 18, 2005. Applications are available at the address listed below or on EFC’s website, www.nysefc.org.

IX. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

(1) Project Limitations.
All recipients must pledge not to remove from the state any assets purchased with funds received from the FAB Water Program.

(2) Application Procedure
The procedures for administering the FAB Water Program, including the submission, review and approval of requests for State Assistance, will be governed by 21N.Y.C.R.R. Part 2606.

X. INFORMATION AVAILABILITY

Any person seeking additional information or application material should contact EFC at:

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Financial Assistance to Business Program
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207-2997
Telephone (800) 200-2200
Fax (518) 486-9248
www.nysefc.org


Notice of Completion of Final UMP/EIS

County: Hamilton and Warren

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area Final Unit Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement

Contact Person: Michael Curley

Address: NYS DEC
PO Box 220
Warrensburg, NY 12885

Phone Number: (518) 623-1200

Project Location: Towns of Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant and Wells in Hamilton County and the Towns of Johnsburg and Thurman in Warren County

Project Description: This unit management plan provides management guidelines and actions which include the following: the proposed construction of horse trails, the proposed construction of loop hiking/ski trails, (all except for one will be upgrades from existing herd paths), improving four of the existing campsites on Thirteenth Lake to make them universally accessible and the closure of two of the remaining primitive tent sites, development of an accessible day use picnic area, also in the Thirteenth Lake area, and the creation of an administrative camping area on the shore of Indian Lake.