Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Proposed Technical Amendment to the LIS TMDL
In January 2001, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department") submitted A Total Maximum Daily Load Analysis to Achieve Water Quality Standards for Dissolved Oxygen in Long Island Sound (hereafter the "LIS TMDL") to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/tmdllis.pdf . The LIS TMDL was developed jointly with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection ("Connecticut DEP"). In April 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") determined that the LIS TMDL met the requirements of section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, and EPA's implementing regulations (40 CFR Part 130) and thereby approved the LIS TMDL. EPA's Approval Letter for the LIS TMDL, (April 3, 2001).
Table 6 of the LIS TMDL identifies the sum of the New York and Connecticut Waste Load Allocations ("WLAs") from each of 11 management zones. Table 7 of the LIS TMDL contains equivalency factors that identify the relative impact of nitrogen from each zone on dissolved oxygen ("DO") conditions in Long Island Sound. Compliance with the LIS TMDL can be achieved through meeting the WLAs or through new allocations resulting in equal or greater water quality improvements, as defined by the Table 7 equivalency factors. The equivalency factors comprise river delivery factors (the amount of nitrogen discharged to a river segment that makes it the mouth of the river) and Long Island Sound transport efficiencies (the relative impact of nitrogen discharged from a management zone on the hypoxic hotspots). In other words, allocations among facility-specific WLAs can be modified without resubmitting a revised LIS TMDL as long as the new allocations resulted in equal or greater water quality improvements, as determined by the use of the exchange ratios identified in Table 7 of the LIS TMDL document.
The Table 7 transport efficiencies were established from predictions of the "LIS 3.0" water quality model developed in the 1990s. A new model, called the Systemwide Eutrophication Model ("SWEM") has subsequently been developed. The Department recognized early on that SWEM had certain advantages over LIS 3.0 and that the SWEM should be used in the future, once accepted. See Department Response to Public Comments on the LIS TMDL, Modeling Tools on pg 10-11 and Recent/Future Monitoring on pg 24 (January 2001), www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/responseliss.pdf. In fact, the LIS TMDL cites the application of SWEM as one of the elements to a planned revision of the LIS TMDL. See LIS TMDL, Reassessment on pg 48 and Table 14. SWEM contains a number of technical improvements over LIS 3.0 and has since been reviewed and approved by the Long Island Sound Study for application to Long Island Sound planning and management.
In light of its subsequent approval by the Long Island Sound Study and after consultation with and without objection from Connecticut DEP, the Department hereby proposes a limited amendment to the LIS TMDL to incorporate the insights from SWEM predictions of the relationship between the DO response to nitrogen discharges from zone 8 (the upper East River Management Zone) and zone 9 (the lower East River Management Zone). This limited technical amendment would support the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's ("New York City DEP") development of a long-term nitrogen control program to attain its WLAs for zone 8 and zone 9 discharges, without compromising water quality. The technical amendment would formalize the use of SWEM ratios in meeting the allocations to those zones in advance of a more comprehensive revision of the LIS TMDL. The Department is soliciting public comment on the proposed amendment before submitting it to the EPA for review and approval.
SWEM predicts a greater overall DO response from achieving the zone 8 and zone 9 WLAs than LIS 3.0. SWEM also predicts that the ratio of the transport efficiencies (the relative impact of nitrogen discharged from a management zone on the hypoxic hotspots) between zone 8 and zone 9 is 4:1, compared to the LIS 3.0 transport ratio of 2:1. Therefore, the Department proposes to modify the LIS TMDL Table 7 transport efficiencies for zone 8 and zone 9 to a 4:1 ratio from a 2:1 ratio. New York City DEP would comply with the LIS TMDL through meeting the WLAs or through new allocations using the updates to the Table 7 equivalency factors. This revision to the equivalency factors would only apply to reallocations between zone 8 and zone 9. Because SWEM predicts a greater overall DO response from achieving the zone 8 and zone 9 WLAs than LIS 3.0, this change places no additional burden on discharges from other zones to achieve water quality standards. The timeframe for using this amendment based on a combination of SWEM and LIS 3.0 ratios would be until the anticipated full SWEM technical update (and other technical updates) are incorporated into a complete LIS TMDL revision.
Public comment on the proposed amendment will be accepted for 30 days, through April 7, 2006. Comments should be submitted in writing to Philip O’Brien of Division of Water, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nassau County - The Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of North Hills, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Applications for Incentive Zoning Use Permit, Site Plan Approval and Subdivision Approval, The Residences at North Hills, Midtown North Hills LLC. The FEIS is available for public consideration until 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2006. Comments on the FEIS will be accepted, until that time, by the contact person listed above. The FEIS is available for public review at the office of the contact person and at the Shelter Rock Public Library, 165 Searingtown Road, Albertson, New York. The action involves an incentive zoning use permit application and applications for site plan and subdivision approval for the development of 244 luxury condominium units on a 17.1-acre site. The proposed project would provide 602 parking spaces, below-grade, under residential structures with interconnections provided between each pair of buildings. All wastewater generated by the project would be conveyed off-site via the public sewer system for treatment and disposal at the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant. The project is located at 85 South Service Road of Long Island Expressway, 600 feet east of New Hyde Park Road, Incorporated Village of North Hills, NY.
Contact: Marvin Natiss, Incorporated Village of North Hills, One Shelter Rock Road, Roslyn, New York 11576, phone: (516) 627-3451.