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Public Notice

"Draft Study Plan for Avian Injury Study - Amendment for Year 2 (2007), Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment"

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is releasing for public review and comment a Draft Study Plan for an avian injury study for the Hudson River. This Draft Study Plan was prepared as part of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) for PCB contamination of the Hudson River being carried out jointly by DEC, the United States Department of the Interior (DOI), and the United States Department of Commerce (DOC). The public and the party or parties responsible for the contamination are requested to review the Draft Study Plan and provide feedback on the proposed approach. A 30-day public review period is being provided. Comments should be submitted by March 30, 2007 to the point of contact identified below or in the Draft Study Plan.

Report Summary: The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees –– New York State, DOI and DOC – are conducting a NRDA to assess and restore natural resources injured by PCBs. As part of the NRDA, the Trustees have conducted several investigations focused on birds, including studies on Hudson River tree swallows in 1994-1995, bird egg preliminary investigations in 2002-2003, and avian injury investigations by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2004-2005. The Trustees also determined that it was appropriate to conduct an avian egg injection study and began such a study in 2006 pursuant to a Study Plan for an Avian Egg Injection Study.

Year 1 (2006) avian egg injection work focused on injection of test PCBs and development of injection and incubation protocols for eggs from tree swallow, American kestrel and chicken. The 2006 Avian Egg Injection Study Plan noted that these studies were projected to continue into a second year, and that work in Year 2 (2007) would be conducted pursuant to a study plan amendment. The Draft Study Plan being released for public review and comment constitutes that proposed study plan amendment.

As Year 2 of the avian study will entail injury endpoints, the Trustees will perform a peer review of the proposed work and are issuing this Draft Study Plan Amendment for public review and comment, in accordance with the Hudson River NRDA Plan.

The Draft Study Plan is available at public libraries in the following communities: Glens Falls, Saratoga, Troy, Poughkeepsie, Ballston Spa, Albany, Bethlehem, Athens, Croton, Catskill, New Paltz, White Plains, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Kingston, the Washington County Clerk's Office in Fort Edward, the New York State Library in Albany and at college libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Marist and SUNY/Albany. The report is also available at DEC's office at 625 Broadway in Albany and on the website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/habitat/nrd/index.htm .

Written comments can be sent by March 28, 2007, to: Department of Environmental Conservation Steven Jay Sanford Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-4756 or by email to: sxsanfor@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Notice

The Draft Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Supplement

The Department (DEC) has developed a technical document to address the design of stormwater management systems for enhanced phosphorus treatment for use in phosphorus-limited watersheds. The Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Supplement is planned to be included in the existing New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual. The draft Supplement is, by this notice, made available for public review and comments.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of this new chapter was announced through the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board in Spring of 2005. A contract was awarded to a group of qualified consultants in the summer of 2005 including:

GeoSyntec Consultants
Eric Strecker Project Principal
Marcus Quigley Project Manager

Senior Technical Specialist and Technical Review
Dr. Robert Pitt Sr. Investigator

A Technical Advisory Group was also formed to actively participate in the development of the supplement. The team of experts for the Technical Advisory Group included representatives of:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
New York State Office of Attorney General
Donald Lake Jr., P.E.
Environmental Groups
Consulting Engineers for Municipalities and Site Developers

The Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Supplement includes a narrative discussing the methodology and sizing of stormwater management practices; a section outlining the performance criteria for acceptable practices; and section on design examples. This supplement is intended to provide design standards and specifications for design of stormwater management practices in phosphorus restricted Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) watersheds.

Accessing Documents - A copy of the draft "Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Supplement" and design examples are provided on DEC’s web page at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/toolbox/techstan.html The documentation prepared to support the analysis in the process of developing the draft supplement is also available to interested parties. Questions related to access and download as well as the content of these documents may be addressed to Shohreh Karimipour, P.E. by telephone at 518-402-8102 or by e-mail at sxkarimi@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Public Comment – The Department is soliciting comments on the Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Supplement and the design examples from individuals or agencies involved or interested in stormwater management design standards. The comment period runs until March 21, 2007. Please send all comments to Shohreh Karimipour, P.E. at sxkarimi@gw.dec.state.ny.us or NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3508.

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting public comments on a Draft Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System. The Draft Plan proposes ways to restore/enhance recreational fishing and fisheries in the New York waters of the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and their tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to fish (hereafter referred to as the Lake Ontario system).

Funds for this restoration are available from a settlement of the State’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claim for the Lake Ontario system. The Occidental Chemical Corporation agreed to pay the State $12 million in five equal payments over four years. The settlement was based on an assessment of the damages to the State’s natural resources, in particular a loss of recreational fishing benefits resulting from the imposition of fish consumption advisories because of the presence of contaminants in Lake Ontario fish. The proceeds of the settlement will be used to restore/enhance sportfishing and the injured natural resources.

Copies of the Draft Plan can be viewed or downloaded from; www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/lkontactivities.html or from NYSDEC Regional Headquarters in Watertown, Syracuse, Avon and Buffalo. Public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Public Meetings Schedule
Region City Time Date Facility Contact
6 Ogdensburg 7:00 PM 2-12-2007 St.Lawrence Valley Sportsmens Club Route 37
Red Mills, NY
Frank Flack
(315) 785-2262
6 Watertown 7:00 PM 2-13-2007 Watertown State Office Building
First Floor Conference Room
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY
Frank Flack
(315) 785-2262
7 Mexico 7:00 PM 2-14-2007 Mexico H.S. Auditorium
Route 104
Mexico, NY
Daniel Bishop
(607) 753-3095
8 Rochester 7:00PM 2-7-2007 RIT campus, Carlson Aud., Imaging
Science Bldg. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY
Web Pearsall
(585) 226-5339
9 Lewiston 7:00 PM 2-15-2007 Lewiston-Porter H.S.
4061 Creek Road
Youngstown, NY
Paul McKeown
(716) 372-0645

All interested parties are encouraged to use [website] for both reviewing the Draft Plan and for submitting comments. Conventional written comments should be mailed to:

Mr. Christopher J. Balk
Lake Ontario Natural Resource Damages Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
P.O. Box 292
Cape Vincent, New York 13618

All comments must be received by 3-20-2007.