Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Positive Declaration


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) as co-lead agencies, have determined that the proposed action described below may have a significant impact on the environment and a Draft 2005 Open Space Conservation Plan and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) has been prepared and accepted for the proposed action described below. Workshops and public hearings will be held in each DEC administrative region on the Draft Plan. Workshops will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. All hearings will be conducted from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on November 29, 30 or December 1. (See schedule below.) Comments are requested and will be accepted by the contact persons from November 9, 2005 until 4:45 p.m. on January 18, 2006 or via the Department’s web site at www.dec.state.ny.us.

Public Hearing Schedule
DEC Region, Date and Location

Region 1
December 1
NYS DEC Regional Headquarters
SUNY Campus, Loop Road
Building 40
Stony Brook, NY

Region 2
December 1
NYS DEC Regional Headquarters Annex
11-15 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Region 3
November 29
Bear Mountain State Park
Overlook Lodge
Bear Mountain, NY

Region 4
November 30
NYS DEC Regional Headquarters
1150 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY

Region 5
November 29
NYS Regional Headquarters
Route 86
Main Conference Room
Ray Brook, NY


November 30
Saratoga Spa State Park
Administration Building
Gideon Putnam Room
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY

Region 6
November 29
NYS Regional Headquarters
Dulles State Office Building
First Floor Conference Room
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY


December 1
Utica State Office Building
Conference Room A
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY

Region 7
November 30
Afternoon Public Workshop (1:00 p.m.-2:30p.m.) and Public Hearing (2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) will be held at the:
Chenango Valley Board of Education Offices
Board Meeting Room
1160 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY

Evening Public Workshop and Hearing (7:00-9:00 p.m.) will be held at the:
Chenango Valley High School Auditorium
221 Chenango Bridge Road
Binghamton, NY


December 1
State Fair Grounds
The Martha Eddy Room
581 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse, NY

Region 8
November 30
Brighton Town Park Lodge
777 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY


December 1
NYS DEC Regional Sub-Office
Conference Room
7291 Coon Road
Bath, NY

Region 9
November 29
Erie County Cooperative Extension
21 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY

All statements received during this period, whether submitted prior to, at, or after the hearings will be assessed; the assessment of public comment that is prepared will be included in the Final Plan/Final GEIS.

All those who wish to appear at the hearing to make an oral statement who also have a prepared written statement are asked to bring and submit the written statement. Lengthy written statements should be submitted and summarized orally. Comments will be accepted via the Department’s web site at www.dec.state.ny.us.

The Draft Plan is an update and revision of the 2002 Plan which includes identification of priority open space projects and enumeration of various open space conservation methods including voluntary and protection programs, land use regulations as well as acquisition of land, or an easement interest in land by the State. The Plan describes the selection process of deciding when acquisition may be the appropriate method of open space conservation. It also makes recommendations for legislative and executive action on a number of open space conservation issues.

The Plan will include increased protection of significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources and improve quality of life for residents of New York. Potential environmental impacts may be associated with the development and use of resources acquired for enhanced public access and/or use. The impacts on resources result from public use and possible short term erosion and sedimentation problems associated with construction. Where the acquisition of land results in an increase in use by the public, there may be impacts such as littering, noise, vegetative damage, increased traffic, and trespass to adjoining property owners.

Contact: Francis Sheehan, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, phone: (518) 402-9405; OR Robert Reinhardt, NYS OPRHP, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, phone: (518) 474-0415.

Meeting Notice


A combined meeting of the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council and its Executive Committee will be held on:

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Clearpool Education Center
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, NY 10512 (Town of Kent)

Contact: Elayne Cioffari
Watershed Protection and Partnership Council
2 John Walsh Boulevard - Suite 206
Peekskill, New York 10566
Phone: (914)734-1347

Notice of Public Comment Period

Draft documents have been developed to assist municipalities regulated by the SPDES General Permit for stormwater discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), Permit No. GP-02-02. The documents are intended to help municipalities reach full compliance with the permit by January 2008. The following file transfer protocol (FTP) site:


contains the draft assistance documents listed below:

Accessing Documents - The file transfer protocol (FTP) site above contains a separate folder for each draft assistance document. If you cannot access the FTP site, be sure that "ftp" was typed at the beginning of the web address and not "http". If that does not work, check to see if the web browser is enabled to view file transfer protocol folders. Open Internet Explorer, select the "Tools" menu, select "Internet Options", select the "Advanced" tab, and be sure that "Enable folder view for FTP sites" is checked. Some folders contain multiple documents. The information below will help readers access the correct documents.

The MS4 Annual Report can be accessed by going into the ‘annual_reporting' folder. The‘ms4year3DraftAnnualReportSept282005.doc' is an annual report with some examples and ‘ms4year3DraftAnnualReportSept282005NOEXAMPLES.doc' is a report without examples.

The IDDE assistance documents are in the ‘illicit_discharge_detection_and_elimination'folder. Open that folder, followed by the ‘illicit_discharge_detection_and_elimination_assistance' folder. Then double click on the ‘index.html' file. The ‘illicit_discharge_detection_and_elimination' folder also includes the New York sample IDDE law.

The ‘construction_post_construction_stormwater_management' folder contains the ‘stormwater_management_guidance_for_local_officials.pdf', the documents for performing the Gap Analysis of local laws, and the New York sample stormwater management local law.

Public Comment - The Department is soliciting comments on the documents from individuals involved with or interested in the MS4 program. The comment period runs until December 31, 2005.

Please send all comments to Carrie Wafer, MS4 Program Coordinator, at ccwafer@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505.

Public Notice


Pursuant to Title 3, Article 49 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives public notice of the following:

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 49-0305(9) of the Environmental Conservation Law, of the Department's intent to acquire a Conservation Easement from SP Forests, L.L.C., over certain lands located in the Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County, New York.

For further Information contact:
John P. Keating, Superintendent
Bureau of Real Property
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-4256
(518) 402-9442

New York State Department of State 41 State Street, 9th floor Albany NY, 12231
Environmental Protection Fund
New York State Quality Communities Program 2005-2006

Eligible applicants: Counties, Towns, Cities, Villages, Local Public Authorities, Public Benefit Corporations, Indian Tribes/Nations, and Not-for-Profit Corporations.

Funds are available for planning projects which revitalize downtowns, develop strong economies and protect environmental resources. Eligible applicants may apply for grants by submitting proposals that incorporate one or more of the following programs: Intermunicipal Growth, Community Growth, Community Open Space, Mountain Communities and Community Center.

Request for Applications and forms along with other pertinent information are available for downloading from the: Quality Communities Clearinghouse Web site: www.qualitycommunities.org,. For other information please call, 518-473-3355 or email QC@dos.state.ny.us.

Application Deadline has been extended to DECEMBER 5, 2005

Public Notice


The State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Environmental Board will be held at 2:00 p.m., November 9, 2005 in Room 629 of the Department’s main offices at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.

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

This meeting is open to the public.

Ruth L. Earl
Executive Secretary
State Environmental Board