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.
Delaware County - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed installation of a meteorological tower by Delaware Wind Energy will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the temporary installation of a 50 meter meteorological tower off of Carcass Brook Road in the Town of Walton in Delaware County, NY. The tower, which is eight inches in diameter, will be affixed to the ground using guy wires. It will collect meteorological data for a period of up to eighteen (18) months and will be removed.
Contact: David J. Prior, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, New York 12203-6399, phone: (518)862-1090 x3285, fax: (518)862-2398, e-Mail: Djp@NYSERDA.org.
Delaware County - The Town Board of the Town of Andes, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendments to the Town of Andes Subdivision Regulations will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment of the Town's Subdivision Regulations with respect to the design standards for roads in subdivisions. The right-of-way minimum size was increased, the type of culvert pipe desired for drainage clarified, the materials usable for roadbed construction expanded to include shot rock and quarry rubble, the Code Enforcement Officer added as a possible road inspector during road construction, the usage of guardrails and sinage added into the design standards, and the section explaining Town takeover of roads clarified and expanded.
Contact: Martin Donnelly, Town of Andes, Town Hall, 580 Main Street, Andes, NY 13731, phone: (845) 676-4791.
Greene County - The Village of Catskill Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Widewaters Group Retail Development Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the redevelopment of property including the removal of the existing structures, asphalt and other site features to accommodate the construction of a ±14,560 sf retail structure as well as the associated parking, landscaping and utilities. The project is located at 10 Grandview Avenue, Village of Catskill, Greene County, New York. The parcel occupies the southwest corner of the intersection of Grandview Avenue, Central Avenue and Route 9W.
Contact: Alex Betke, Village of Catskill Planning Board, 422 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414.
Columbia County - The Planning Board of the Town of Stockport, as lead agency, has accepted the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Holmes Estates at Columbia Springs Subdivision. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Thursday September 7, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the Town of Stockport Town Hall, 2787 Atlantic Ave., Hudson, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 19, 2006. The proposed action seeks to create a residential subdivision of 91 lots for single family homes (each lot ranging in size from 0.5 acres to 1.6 acres), develop 12.86 acres of the parcel to accommodate twenty-four townhouse units, and preserve over 32.87 acres of the parcel as open green space. A copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for review at the Stockport Town Hall. New infrastructure will be installed as part of the project including roads, street lighting, central sewer and water. Access to the site on the west side of the site will be via two entrances off of NYS Route 9. Interior access includes one new cul-de-sac. Emergency site access from the east will be from Chester Avenue via an extension of Sunset Boulevard. Access onto Route 9 will require a NYS Department of Transportation Highway Work Permit. The project is located on Route 9, Town of Stockport, New York.
Contact: Sandra Novak, Town of Stockport, Town Hall, 2787 Atlantic Ave., Hudson, NY 12534, phone: (518) 828-9389.