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Part 896: Skaneateles Creek Drainage Basin

(Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, § 17-0301)

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§896.1 Adopting Order

Pursuant to article 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law, after proper study and following public hearings held on due notice, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby adopts and assigns the following classifications and standards of quality and purity to all surface waters within the designated drainage basin of Skaneateles Creek within Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga Counties, as hereinafter described.

§896.2 Definitions and Conditions

The several terms, words or phrases hereinafter mentioned shall be construed as follows:

(a) Item No. In table I an item number is assigned to each specifically designated waters or portions thereof.

(b) Waters Index Number as appearing in table I shall mean that number or abbreviation which has been assigned to any specifically designated waters or portions thereof for the purpose of identification.

(1) The numbering or index system used to identify specific waters of New York State is adapted from that used by the New York State Conservation Department in its biological survey series of reports on watersheds of the State. The primary waters of a drainage basin, such as rivers or large lakes are usually referred to by name or an abbreviation. Tributaries of primary waters are consecutively numbered progressing upstream from the mouth. Ponds and lakes are numbered consecutively as they are encountered, such numbers being preceded by the letter P. Tributaries of such lakes and ponds are numbered consecutively as they enter, progressing clockwise around the lake or pond from its outlet or mouth. When isolated lakes and ponds are referenced by a waters index number, it is merely for convenience of their identification and location within a subdrainage basin, and it is not necessarily indicative of their being tributary to any waters to which no surface connection is shown on the reference maps.

(2) This system was applied to the basin under consideration by the Conservation Department in its biological survey of the Skaneateles Creek watershed and has been closely followed in connection with the identification of the waters with the following exceptions: Some of the stream numbers do not run consecutively due to the omission of streams originally shown on older maps employed by the Conservation Department at the time of its survey, but not shown on newer maps reproduced herein. Conversely, a few streams not shown on the older maps but appearing on the new maps are designated by the letters a, b, c, etc.

(3) The system as applied to the identification of waters in the Skaneateles Creek drainage basin may be illustrated as follows:

Waters Index Number Name of Waters Explanation
Ont-66 Oswego River Enters Lake Ontario from southeast at south shore in eastern part of lake at City of Oswego (section 897.6).
Ont-66-12 Seneca River Enters Oswego River from south at Three Rivers where Seneca and Oneida Rivers converge to form Oswego River (section 897.6).
Ont-66-12-29 Skaneateles Creek Enters Seneca River from east 2.0 miles northwest of center of Jordan (map H13d).
Ont-66-12-29-P 193 Skaneateles Lake Located at source of Skaneateles Creek and extending southeast of Village of Skaneateles (map J14a).
Ont-66-12-29-P 193-1 Trib. of Skaneateles Lake 1st trib. to enter Skaneateles Lake south of Skaneateles Village from east (map J14a).

(c) The abbreviations trib., tribs., subtrib. and subtribs. indicating tributary, tributaries, subtributary and subtributaries, respectively, shall mean any stream, lake, pond or other body of surface water which flows into any other stream, lake, pond or other body of surface water. Where no tributaries or subtributaries are mentioned, the specifically designated waters shall include only the stream, lake, pond or other body of surface water referenced by such waters index number; where tributaries or subtributaries are mentioned after the waters index number, the specifically designated waters shall include the stream, lake, pond or other body of surface water referenced by such waters index number and all tributaries and subtributaries thereof, which are shown on the reference maps, unless exceptions are expressly stated.

(d) Name as appearing in table I shall mean the name, if any, by which the specifically designated waters are generally known and which may appear on the reference maps. In cases of specifically designated waters which have no name, the named tributary to which the unnamed waters are tributary is indicated as far as possible.

(e) Description as appearing in table I shall mean a brief indication as to the location of the specifically designated waters. Entries may include designations of segments or sections of waters to which a particular assignment of a class and standards shall apply. Entries may also include any useful information pertinent to the classification and standards.

(f) Map Ref. No. as appearing in table I means map reference number and indicates one or more of the following numbered maps reproduced herein completely, or in part, on which the specifically designated waters and their index numbers are shown. The following maps were produced from original maps which may be procured through the Washington Distribution Section, Geological Survey.

Map Ref. No. Name of Quadrangle Published By Edition
H-13d Weedsport Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
H-14c Jordan Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
J-14a Skaneateles Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
J-14b Marcellus Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
J-14c Owasco Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
J-14d Spafford Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
J-15c Otisco Valley Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
K-14b Sempronius Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1943
K-15a Homer Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1944

(g) Class as appearing in table I, and denoted by the letters AA, A, B, C or D opposite each specifically designated waters, shall mean class AA, A, B, C or D, as the case may be, as set forth in part 701, supra.

(h) Standards as appearing in table I, and denoted by the letters AA, A, B, C or D opposite each specifically designated waters shall mean the standards of quality and purity established for class AA, A, B, C or D as the case may be, as set forth in part 701, supra . The symbol (T) appearing after any standard designation shall mean that the designated waters are trout waters and that the dissolved oxygen specification for trout waters shall apply thereto. The symbol (TS) after any standard designation shall mean that the designated waters are suitable for trout spawning and that the dissolved oxygen specification for trout spawning waters shall apply thereto.

(i) The term trout as used in this Part means any fish in the following genera: "Coregonus", "Oncorhynchus", "Prosopium", "Salmo", "Salvelinus" and "Thymallus".

(j) All streams or other bodies of water which appear as lines to indicate natural waters on the reference maps herein, and which are not specifically designated in table I, shall be assigned the same classes and standards of quality and purity as the specifically designated waters to which they are directly tributary.

(k) All streams or other bodies of water which are not shown on the reference maps herein shall be assigned to class D, as set forth in Part 701, supra, except that any continuous flowing natural stream which is not shown on the reference maps shall have the same classification and assigned standards as the waters to which it is directly tributary.

(l) The Skaneateles Creek drainage basin shall be deemed to include the following areas: All land and water areas, the natural surface water drainage from which is directly or indirectly tributary to Skaneateles Creek.

(m) Notwithstanding the items indicated in table I which, in some instances, indicate assignment of classifications for waters contained within the boundaries of the State-owned forest preserve lands and, therefore, controlled under the provisions of the State Constitution and the Conservation Law, such waters are hereby excluded from classification to the extent that any part of such waters may be located within the boundaries of the State-owned forest preserve land. All waters within 100 feet of the boundaries of the State-owned forest preserve lands shall have a classification of A and be governed by the rules and regulations promulgated by the Water Pollution Control Board.

§896.3 Assigned Classifications and Standards of Quality and Purity

The classifications and standards of quality and purity which are hereby assigned to all fresh waters within the Skaneateles Creek drainage basin are as set forth in table I.

§896.4 Table I

Table I
Classifications and Standards of Quality and Purity Which Are Assigned to All Fresh Surface Waters Within the Skaneateles Creek Drainage Basin, Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga Counties, New York
Item No. Waters Index Number Name Description Map Ref. No. Class Standards
1 Ont-66-12-29 portion as described Skaneateles Creek Enters Seneca River from east 0.2 mile east of Bonta Bridge and 2.0 miles northwest of center of Jordan. From mouth to Penn Central Railroad Bridge north of Village of Jordan. H-13d H-14c C C
1.1 Ont-66-12-29 portion as described, including P 186 to P 192 Skaneateles Creek From the Penn Central Railroad Bridge north of Village of Jordan to outlet of Skaneateles Lake (P 193). H-14c J-14a C C(T)
1.2 Ont-66-12-29-1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f and trib., 1g, 3, 4 and tribs., 4a, 4b, 5, 5a but excluding trib. 2 and P 193 and its tribs. Tribs. of Skaneateles Creek H-14c J-14a C C
1.3 Ont-66-12-29-2 portion as described Trib. of Skaneateles Creek From mouth to Depot Road. H-14c J-14a C C(T)
1.4 Ont-66-12-29-2 portion as described and subtribs. Tribs. of Skaneateles Creek From Depot Road to source. J-14a C C
1.5 Ont-66-12-29-5-P 192a Subtrib. of Skaneateles Creek Unnamed pond. J-14a C C
2 Ont-66-12-29-P 193 Skaneateles Lake Located at source of Skaneateles Creek and extending southeasterly of Village of Skaneateles for a length of approximately fifteen miles. J-14a J-14c J-14d AA AA
3 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-1, 2 and tribs., 3,5, 5a, 6, 10 Tribs. of Skaneateles Lake Enters Skaneateles Lake from generally easterly directions in sectionbeginning at Village of Skaneateles and extending along easterly side of lake to Fivemile Point. J-14a AA AA
4 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-14 Trib. of Skaneateles Lake Enters Skaneateles Lake from northeast at Fivemile Point and 5.5 miles southeast of Skaneateles. J-14a J-14b AA AA
5 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-14-1, 2 Tribs. of trib. 14 of Skaneateles Lake Enter trib. 14 of Skaneateles Lake from east and northeast 0.7 and 1.0 mile upstream from mouth respectively and 1.8 and 1.5 miles southwest of Thorn Hill. J-14b AA AA
6 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-15 and trib., 16, 17, 17a, 18 and trib., 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 and tribs., 30 and trib., 31, 32 and trib., 33, 34, 35, 37, 38 and trib., 40, 41 and tribs., 42, 43, 46, 48, 54 Tribs. of Skaneateles Lake Enter Skaneateles Lake from generally easterly directions in section beginning at Hardscrabble Point and extending along easterly side to southerly end of Lake. J-14d AA AA
7 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-55 Grout Brook Enters southerly end of Skaneateles Lake from south 1.5 miles south of Spafford Landing. J-14d K-14b K-15a J-15c AA AA(T)
8 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-55-1, 1a, 1b, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Tribs. of Grout Brook Enter Grout Brook in section beginning 1.0 mile upstream from mouth and 3.7 miles south of Spafford and extending upstream to source. J-14d K-14b K-15a J-15c AA AA
9 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-56, 56a, 60 and trib., 64, 65 and trib., 68, 69, 72 Tribs. of Skaneateles Lake Enter Skaneateles Lake from generally westerly directions in section beginning at southerly end and extending along the westerly side of lake to Carpenter Point. J-14d AA AA
10 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-73 Bear Swamp Creek Enters Skaneateles Lake from southwest at Carpenter Point and 2.0 miles northeast of New Hope. J-14d K-14b AA AA(T)
11 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-73-1a, 2, 2a, 6, 8,12, 13 Tribs. of Bear Swamp Creek Enter Bear Swamp Creek in section beginning 0.6 mile upstream from mouth and 1.5 miles northeast of New Hope and extending upstream to source. J-14d AA AA
12 Ont-66-12-29-P 193-74, 76 and trib., 77, 78, 80, 82, 83, 83a, 85 and trib., 86, 87, 88a, 88, 89 and tribs., 90, 91 and trib., 92, 93, 93a Tribs. of Skaneateles Lake Enter Skaneateles Lake from generally westerly directions in section beginning at Carpenter Point and extending along westerly side to Village of Skaneateles at northerly end of lake. J-14d J-14c J-14a AA AA

§896.5 Map 1

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§896.6 Quadrangle Maps

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