Consolidated SPDES Renewals
This notice announces the availability of DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)/Impaired Water Restoration Plans proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for two (2) specific waterbodies: Greenwood Lake in Orange County and Finkle Brook in the Lake George Watershed. Public comment on these documents will be accepted for 30 days, through September 2, 2005.
BACKGROUND: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and EPA's implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.
The proposed TMDL/Impaired Water Restoration Plan for Greenwood Lake (for phosphorus) is consistent with a similar TMDL proposed and adopted by New Jersey for this shared waterbody that straddles the New York-New Jersey border. The proposed Plan for Finkle Brook (for sediment) relies on current and ongoing stormwater and other nonpoint source reduction efforts to address existing water quality impairments in Lake George.
INFORMATION: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233–3502, or by phone at 518–402–8179, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The plans are also anticipated to be available on the NYSDEC website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/tmdl.html. Comments on these draft plans can be submitted to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, ATTN: Ron Entringer, at the above address.
By notice dated June 24, 2005 and published in the July 6, 2005 ENB, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Saratoga, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Saratoga County Water Treatment and Transmission Facilities Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The County has now issued a Draft Scoping Statement pursuant to the SEQR procedures at 6 NYCRR 617.8 and has distributed it to the involved and interested agencies which received the Positive Declaration.
Comments on the Draft Scoping Statement from involved agencies and the public are invited. Comment should in writing and mailed or delivered to be received by the Contact Person below no later than September 9, 2005. The Draft Scoping Statement is available at www.co.saratoga.ny.us/cntyatty/sarctywaterproj.pdf. It is also reachable by clicking through the "County Water Supply Project" link on the Saratoga County homepage at www.co.saratoga.ny.us, or may be requested in writing from the Contact Person below.
Contact: Raymond Callanan, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, 40 McMaster Street, Ballston Spa, New York 12020-1985.