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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