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Availability for Comment on a Draft Impaired Waters Restoration Plan/TMDL for Acid Rain Lakes

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 dmwicker@gw.dec.state.ny.us. 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.


Negative Declaration

Delaware, Sullivan, Greene, Putnam, Schoharie, Ulster, Orange, Westchester and Dutchess - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rules and Regulations for the Recreational Use of Water Supply Lands and Waters will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves involves repealing Title 15, Chapter 16 of the Rules of the City of New York, the existing rules governing fishing and boating on the lakes and reservoirs used or built by New York City for water supply purposes, and replacing it with "Rules and Regulations for the Recreational Use of Water Supply Lands and Waters," which would be comprehensive rules that would address land management and security concerns and enhance opportunities for public recreational use of New York City-owned or controlled water supply lands and waters. The rules can be found at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/watershed/html/wsrecrules.html. The location of the proposed action includes various areas within select New York City-owned water supply lands, lakes, and reservoirs within the Croton, Catskill, and Delaware watersheds. These watersheds spread throughout parts of Delaware, Sullivan, Greene, Putnam, Schoharie, Ulster, Orange, and Westchester, and Dutchess Counties.

Contact: Kate Demong, NYCDEP Bureau of Environmental Planning and Assessment, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, New York, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-6443, fax: (718) 595-4479, e-mail: kdemong@dep.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration

Delaware County - The Town of Meredity Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Meridale Farms Subdivision may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves a residential subdivision of 1,100 acres into approximately 120 building lots ranging from 5 to 30 acres. Parcels will be restricted to one single family home per parcel with no further subdivision allowed. Each parcel will require individual well and septic. The project will require reconstruction of an abandoned town road along with the construction of two new roads. A Property Owner's Association will be formed to provide maintenance for the new roads and associated infrastructure. The project is located at the intersection of State route 28 and the Catskill Turnpike Rd. in the Town of Meredith.

Contact: Keitha Capouya, Town of Meredith Planning Board, Meredith Town Hall, 4247 Turnpike Road, Meredith, NY 13806, phone: (607) 746-2431.


Otsego County - The City of Oneonta Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves Catalyst Renewables Corporation proposing to build a 35-megawatt biomass facility on the grounds of the former Delaware and Hudson Roundhouse. The project site is a 60-acres and consists of 30 acres of wetlands and 30 acres of clean uplands which contain spots of contamination. The proposed facility will take 18 months to construct and will burn approximately 1,000 tons of biomass (low-grade timber, willows) per day to generate electricity. The project is located in the City of Oneonta on the grounds of the former Delaware and Hudson Roundhouse off of County Route 8.

Contact: James Koury, City of Oneonta Planning Commission, 258 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820-2535, phone: (607) 432-6450, fax: (607) 432-3420.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Rensselaer County - The City of Rensselaer Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cottage Hill Landing residential development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on September 11, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Rensselaer Community Center first floor meeting Room, 62 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY. construction of 33 townhomes, 147 condominiums, and an open space recreational area on a 29.6 acre parcel (tax parcen number 144.534-5-1) located on Cottage Hill Street and Partition Street in the City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, New York. All homes will be served by municipal water and sewer. A portion of the site is a former municipal landfill. The site is currently vacant, consisting of forest and grassy areas resulting from the remediation efforts. All present will have the opportunity to be heard. Individuals with special needs who wish to attend the public hearing and meeting should call the Planning and Development Agency at 465-1693 by noon on September 11, 2006.

Contact: Marybeth Pettit, Planning, City Of Rensselaer, 505 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144, phone: (518) 465-1693.