Consolidated SPDES Renewals
This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Impaired Water Restoration Plan/Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for Acid Rain Lakes in the NYS Adirondack Forest Preserve. Public comment on this documents will be accepted for 30 days, through September 15, 2006.
BACKGROUND: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and USEPA implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.
The proposed Impaired Water Restoration Plan/TMDL for these acid rain lakes outlines a "phased" TMDL. Phased TMDLs represent an iterative adaptive management approach. Such an approach is appropriate in situations where the complexity of establishing allowable pollutant loadings creates significant uncertainty and the likelihood that TMDL loadings will be revised as additional information is collected.
INFORMATION: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502, or by phone at 518-402-8179, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify that you are interested in reviewing/commenting on the Acid Rain Lakes TMDL document. Comments on these draft plans can be submitted to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, ATTN: Jeff Myers, at the above address.