Consolidated SPDES Renewals
The Pollution Prevention and Environmental Compliance Coordinating Council hereby gives notice that a meeting of the Council will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 p. m., April 26, 2006 in the 7th floor Board Room of the Environmental Facilities Corporation at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York.
Council members include: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), the New York State Department of Economic Development (DED), the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSEDRA) and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR).
The Council meeting will discuss the following:
This meeting is open to the public.
Contact: Dennis J. Lucia, Secretary, Pollution Prevention and Environmental Compliance Coordinating Council, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750, phone: (518) 402-9469, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Implementation Plan outlines tasks to reduce non-point sources of phosphorus in the Croton watershed. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has prepared this plan in accordance with the January 1997 NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement and Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. The goal of this plan is to reduce the phosphorus concentration in the eight reservoirs listed in the Phase II Phosphorus TMDL as needing further phosphorus reduction than will be achieved by the wastewater treatment plant upgrades required by the NYC Watershed Rules and Regulations. The eight reservoirs are named the Amawalk, Croton Falls, Diverting, East Branch, Middle Branch, Muscoot, New Croton and Titicus. Eighteen towns/villages in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties are involved.
A substantial part of this plan relies on the stormwater management plans that municipal separate storm sewer system operators are developing pursuant to State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit (GP-02-02). This permit now applies to each municipality within the East of Hudson portion of the New York City watershed, which includes the entire Croton watershed. This plan also relies on non-point source projects selected by Putnam and Westchester and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and supported by the NYCDEP East-of -Hudson Water Quality Investment Fund. In addition, the plan includes tasks to reduce phosphorus from agriculture, sanitary collection systems, fertilizer use and other phosphorus source controls.
Over the past several months, the plan has been presented to municipal officials and other primary stakeholders. Comments received from these groups are being considered. To fully complete the review process, additional comments are being sought through this announcement.
Accessing Documents - A copy of the proposed "NYC Watershed Croton Reservoir System Phase II Phosphorus TMDL Non-point Source Implementation Plan" can be requested by contacting Peter Freehafer by telephone at 518-402-8272 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Public Comment - The Department is soliciting comments on this proposed plan from individuals involved or interested in the Croton watershed area. The comment period runs until April 20, 2006.
Please send all comments to Peter Freehafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502.
The Department (DEC) has developed heightened requirements for the owners of regulated municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in the East of Hudson Watershed that, if the MS4s implement as part of their Storm Water Management Program (SWMP), they will be presumed to be in compliance with the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Strategy requirements in Part III.B.2 of the MS4 State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit (GP-02-02). Part III.B.2 requires an MS4 with discharges to an approved TMDL waterbody, that is not meeting the TMDL stormwater (load) allocations, to modify its SWMP to ensure that the reduction of the pollutant of concern specified in the TMDL is achieved. The permit requires that modifications to the SWMP be considered for each of the six minimum measures.
To assist in the development of the heightened requirements, the DEC hired the nationally recognized experts in stormwater, the Center For Watershed Protection (CWP). The CWP assessed existing local programs to determine how stormwater runoff is being addressed within the East of Hudson Watershed, they evaluated the DECís statewide Phase II MS4 Stormwater program, and provided recommendations to the DEC on how it could further its Phase II program within the East of Hudson Watershed.
The DEC also used recommendations included in the "Recommendations To The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for The Development Of Its Phase II TMDL Implementation Plan" report prepared by the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council Technical Advisory Committee, dated March 24, 2004, to develop the heightened permit requirements.
Over the past several months, the heightened requirements have been presented to municipal officials and other primary stakeholders. Comments received from these groups are being considered. To fully complete the review process, additional comments are being sought through this announcement.
Accessing Documents - A copy of the "Proposed Heightened Permit Requirements For MS4s In The East Of Hudson Watershed" can be requested by contacting David Gasper, P.E. by telephone at 518-402-8114 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Public Comment - The Department is soliciting comments on the documents from individuals involved or interested in the MS4's in the East of Hudson Watershed. The comment period runs until April 20, 2006.
Please send all comments to David Gasper, P.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org or NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3505.