ENB - REGION 5 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL/Impaired Waters Restoration Plans

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 ntcaruso@gw.dec.state.ny.us. 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.


Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

Project Title: Saratoga County Emergency Communications Towers

Project or Application Number: APA Project 2001-245

Brief Project Description: Saratoga County seeks permit to construct three emergency communication towers on mountain tops or ridgelines within the Adirondack Park. The project is part of the County’s proposed new 800 MHz Trunked Emergency Communications System. Also proposed are new or improved access roads up to the tower locations.

Land Use Classification: Rural Use

Project Location One tower will be located on each of three mountains or ridge lines: Mt. Anthony in the Town of Hadley, Lakeview Mt. in the Town of Day, and Fraker Mt. in the Town of Edinburg.

Contact Person for Project: Barbara A. Rottier, Associate Counsel or George Outcalt, Environmental Program Specialist (518-891-4050; see below for address)

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period ends at the close of the public hearing record

APA Contact Person: George Outcalt, Environmental Program Specialist or
Barbara Rottier, Associate Counsel
Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, New York 12977
518-891-4050

For Public Hearing: Date: September 27, 2005 Time: 10:30AM

Public Hearing Location: Town of Hadley Town Hall
4 Stony Creek Road
County Rt. 1
Hadley, NY 12835