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Public Comment

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.


Public Notice/Notice of Public Meeting

County: Lewis County
Herkimer County

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Release of Draft Watsonís East Triangle Wild Forest Unit Management Plan/Public Meeting

Contact Person: Keith Rivers, Senior Forester
New York State DEC
7327 State route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
Phone Number: (315) 376-3521

Project Location: This Wild Forest Area and adjacent Conservation Easement lands are located in the Towns of Diana, Croghan, and Watson; Lewis County and Town of Webb; Herkimer County

Project Description: The DEC has completed a Draft UMP for the Watsonís East Triangle Wild Forest Area. This 39,152 acre management unit is comprised of the 13,229 acre Watsonís East Triangle Wild Forest and 25,923 acres of Conservation Easements. Also included are the Bear Pond Primitive Corridor and Tied Lake Primitive Corridor.

Management actions proposed in the Draft plan include: improving recreational opportunities for people with mobility impairments, including the development of two accessible lean-tos, construction of new parking areas and foot trails, survey and boundary line marking to adequately identify public lands, various measures to manage illegal public motor vehicle use including the installation of barriers, relocation of the Number One Camp snowmobile trail to avoid impacting wetlands, closure of eight roads or road segments on wild forest lands to public passenger vehicle use, closure to the use of ATVís for twelve public motor vehicle roads on easement lands which are in violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and closure and reclamation of an existing gravel mine on Forest Preserve.

A public meeting on the Draft unit management plan will be held at 6 PM on Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at the Beaver River Central School in Beaver Falls. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the Draft UMP and provide comment. The DEC will also accept written comments on the Draft UMP until October 13, 2006.


County: St. Lawrence County

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Release of Draft White Hill Wild Forest Unit Management Plan/Public Meeting

Contact Person: John Wood, Senior Forester
New York State DEC
6739 US Highway 11
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone Number: (315) 265-3090

Project Location: This Wild Forest Area and adjacent Conservation Easement lands are located in the Towns of Colton, Hopkinton, and Parishville in St. Lawrence County.

Project Description: The DEC has completed a Draft UMP for the White Hill Wild Forest Area. This 14,902 acre management unit is comprised of the 9,856 acre White Hill Wild Forest and 5,046 acres of Conservation Easements.

Management actions proposed in the Draft plan include: improving recreational opportunities for people with mobility impairments, including the development of an accessible camping site and accessible waterway access site, construction of new parking areas and foot trails, rehabilitation of campsites and closing of unsuitable sites at Clear Pond, survey and boundary line marking to adequately identify public lands, various measures to manage illegal public motor vehicle use including the installation of barriers, and facilitating snowmobile access between local communities.

A public meeting on the Draft unit management plan will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2006, at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School in Colton. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the Draft UMP and provide comment. The DEC will also accept written comments on the Draft UMP until October 6, 2006.


County: St. Lawrence

Lead Agency: NYS DEC, Region 6

Project Title: Release of Raquette Boreal Unit Draft UMP/Public Meeting

Contact Person: Keith Rivers
NYS DEC
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-3521

Project Location: This unit area is located in the St. Lawrence County Towns of Colton, Hopkinton, and Piercefield.

Project Description: The Raquette Boreal Unit is a mix of State owned Forest Preserve lands and privately owned lands subject to Conservation Easements. The Forest Preserve portion of the unit includes the Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area (11,936 acres), the Raquette River Wild Forest (3,057 acres), and Conservation Easement lands (34,127 acres).

Management Actions proposed in the plan include: Designating primitive tent-sites in appropriate locations; identifying alternatives for providing public access, by motor vehicle, to portions of the unit laying east of the Carry Falls Reservoir; analyzing alternatives for a potential snowmobile trail connection across the unit; and protecting populations and habitat of the endangered Spruce Grouse.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2006, at the Colton-Pierrepont School in Colton. Staff will be available beginning at 6 PM to talk to the public and a presentation will begin at 7 PM. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more on the proposed management actions in draft UMP and provide comment. The DEC will also accept written comments on the draft UMP until October 20, 2006.