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Negative Declaration (November 1997): declared for the Oswego River Remedial Action Plan (RAP)

Project Title: Delisting of the Oswego River Area of Concern (re: Great Lakes program)

Brief Project Description: Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada, the 43 Great Lakesí Areas of Concern (AOC) are to address the 14 International Joint Commission use impairment indicators to restore and to protect the beneficial uses in the AOC. Working in cooperation with a local member Remedial Advisory Committee and EPA Region 2, NYSDEC has completed the Stage 1,2, and now Stage 3 documents. This notice provides for a 45 day comment period of the Stage 3 Delisting document and next step events to formal delisting of the Area of Concern. The website link to read the Stage 3 document and Appendices is: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/oswdlist.html .

For the Oswego AOC, impairments involving fish consumption; fish habitat and populations; and, eutrophication and algae were identified. Through public participation, investigative studies, workshop efforts, and delisting principles, we now know that pollution reduction activities involving hazardous waste sites, point and nonpoint water discharges, combined sewer overflows, watershed best management practices, and local agency river corridor enhancement actions have mitigated pollutants and modified activities that caused impairments. This Oswego River RAP Stage 3 document is consistent with United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Delisting Principles and Guidance. In accordance with this guidance: the Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) responds to the lake-wide fish consumption advisories; the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the Varick power dam responds to the fish habitat and population recovery; and, eutrophication and algae characteristics have improved to be managed as nuisance conditions and not use impairments. In addition, the other indicators have been reconfirmed as not impaired.

Please provide comments to NYSDEC by 1/27/06 to:
Contact: Robert E. Townsend, P.E.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water, Bureau of Water Assessment and Management
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3502
Phone: 518-402-8284
Fax: 518-402-9029
E-mail: retownse@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow


Statewide Water Quality Management Projects

Water Quality Management Projects
funded through Section 604 (b) of the Clean Water Act

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announces the availability of funds for Water Quality Management proposals that promote regional comprehensive water quality management planning activities as described in Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act. Priority will be given to proposals that include: support for County Water Quality Coordinating Committees and planning activities that support implementation of the Phase II Stormwater Regulations. Eligible applicants include comprehensive planning organizations in New York State and appropriate Interstate Planning Organizations. In order to be eligible, the applicant must have staff dedicated to carrying out the program for its duration. Grants awarded may be up to 75 percent of the total eligible project costs. Local match is required.

Proposals are due by January 27, 2006. To request an application contact:

Lois New
Partnership Section
Division of Water
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, N.Y. 12233-3508
Phone: (518) 402-8185
Email: lanew@gw.dec.state.ny.us