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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

County: Oneida County

Lead Agency: NYSDEC

Project Title: Adoption of the Rome Sand Plains Consolidated Management Plan

Contact Person: Alan Brown
PO Box 89
225 North Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone Number: (315) 866-6330

Project Location: City of Rome, on Hogsback Road, Oswego Road, Humaston Road, Route 49 and West Thomas Street

Project Description: The Rome Sand Plains (RSP) Consolidated Management Plan provides management direction for land under the protection of the DEC known as the Rome Sand Plains Unique Area, as well as lands owned by The Nature Conservancy, the Izaak Walton League and Oneida County. These lands lie within the City of Rome, Outer District, and cover 3,875 acres. The character of these lands is unique by the plant communities that are found there, by the presence of a variety of endangered or unusual flora and fauna, by the geologic development of the area and the sand dunes that remain, and by the historic role the area served during the early exploration and settlement of the United States. This management plan provides for the protection, enhancement and/or maintenance of these unique characteristics while providing increased opportunities for public use in a manner that will not be detrimental to the resource.

Specific proposed projects include, construction of a viewing platform, development and expansion of parking lots, construction of boardwalks to accommodate trails over streams or wetlands and site disturbance for wild blue lupine management.