Consolidated SPDES Renewals
The Department of Environmental Conservation proposes to re-issue the general permit for the removal or modification of beaver dams. GP-0-06-001 will authorize the modification or removal of recently established beaver dams that are no more than 2 years old. This permit is applicable to regulated freshwater wetlands, including the adjacent area under Article 24 (Freshwater Wetland) of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), outside the Adirondack Park, and to protected waterways throughout New York State regulated under Article 15, Title 5 (Protection of Waters) of the ECL. The permit will also provide for authorization under Article 11, Title 5 (Fish and Wildlife Management Practices ) of the ECL.
The format of this general permit is such that it will serve both as the application and the approval. Coverage may be obtained by contacting the Fish & Wildlife staff in the appropriate regional office. Only permits countersigned by an authorized Fish & Wildlife representative will be valid.
A copy of the proposed permit may be obtained from the contact person or viewed on the internet at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dcs/eisanddp/index.html
Written comments are sought must be received by 9 June 2006.
Comments and questions may be addressed to:
In response to several request from individuals involved or interested in the Proposed Heightened Permit Requirements For MS4s In The East Of Hudson Watershed, the Department has extended the public comment period for 60 days to provide all interested individuals with additional time to review and submit comments on the Proposed Heightened Permit Requirements.
Part III.B.2 of the MS4 State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit (GP-02-02) 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.
For the owners of regulated municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in the East of Hudson Watershed, the Department (DEC) has developed heightened requirements 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 General Permit (GP-02-02).
To view the original Environmental News Bulletin announcement that was posted on March 22, 2006 please click on the following link: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb2006/20060322/not0.html
Public Comment Period Extension - The comment period runs until June 19, 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.
Applications are now available for New York State’s Third Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This award program recognizes New York’s environmental and conservation leaders who are solving environmental challenges through innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or creative partnerships. Eligible applicants include: businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government (local, state and federal), educational institutions and individuals. To be considered, a project application must result in an environmental benefit beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements.
The Department has expanded the awards program and is interested in projects that are contributing to the sustainable use of New York’s natural resources or are developing and delivering education programs that advance sustainability and innovation and positively contribute to a trained workforce. The program will continue to consider projects that address pollution prevention, manufacturing process improvements, energy efficiency, environmental justice, waste reduction and recycling, stormwater management, watershed planning, natural resource and habitat protection and restoration, land conservation, and other environmental protection and restoration initiatives. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they are a leader in their field.
Review criteria will include an assessment of: the environmental benefits; the economic benefits; the innovative approach of the project; the advancement of sustainability; how creative partnerships were created or strengthened by the project; the demonstration of leadership and management commitment to the environment; the demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements. In order to be considered for an award, an applicant must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law, applicable permits and local laws.
IMPORTANT:. Applications must be postmarked by Friday June 16, 2006. The awards are scheduled to be presented in the fall of 2006.
The application package is available through the DEC’s website: www.dec.state.ny.us, by looking under the "Subject Index" button and selecting "E" or by doing a search for "Environmental Excellence Awards."
Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards, should contact Michelle Hinman at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, telephone (518) 402-9469, fax (518) 402-9168, email email@example.com.
The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2006 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control Projects, dated September 2005, is being modified to include two minor changes that will not jeopardize the financing of other projects on the IUP.
Project C6-6038-02-00 with a project score of 1043 points was inadvertently omitted from the final IUP Category B Annual Project Priority List (PPL) due to a data input error. The project is an existing short-term roll for no additional long-term financing cost to the program. The recipient desires to roll the project into long-term CWSRF financing during this IUP period which will provide additional funds needed for project construction. Since there is no impact on projects below the funding line, this project is being added to the Annual PPL.
An extension to the State Bond Issuance Charge waiver was recently approved by the Division of Budget providing a waiver through March 31, 2007. Therefore, the State Bond Issuance rate for leveraged financings through March 31, 2007 will continue to be determined based upon the schedule included in section 10.3.1 of the final FFY 2006 IUP.
For information regarding the CWSRF program, please call the Environmental Facilities Corporation toll-free line at (800) 882-9721 or (518) 402-7433, or visit the "Clean Water State Revolving Fund" section of the EFC web site at http://www.nysefc.org.
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