Natural Resource Damages Restoration Projects
After an NRD case is settled, a restoration plan is written to describe the specific restoration actions. These restoration plans are made available for review and comment by the public.
Draft Restoration Plans
Draft Restoration Plans are open for public comment. Additional information can be located in the Environmental Notice Bulletin.
The draft plan is the result of a private settlement between NYS DEC and Chevron after an oil spill on the Arthur Kill in February 2006. The environmental effects of the spill ranged from shoreline oiling damage to wildlife injury. The settlement awarded NYSDEC $13,500 to be spent on restoration, replacement, or acquisition of the equivalent of the injured natural resource or ecosystem services that were lost as a result of the spill. The draft restoration plan describes a proposed salt marsh restoration coordinated by both the owner of the property, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and a local community group. After the comment period on the Draft Plan (due by April 30, 2016), NYS DEC will be issuing and implementing a Final Restoration Plan.
The draft plan is the result of a settlement between NYSDEC and Benson Metal Corporation after a civil complaint was brought against Benson for discharging scrap metal into the Gowanus Canal. Such scrap metal dumping can lead to water quality issues in an already degraded aquatic environment. The settlement awarded NYSDEC $27,000 to be spent on restoration, replacement, or acquisition of the equivalent of the injured natural resource or ecosystem services that were lost as a result of the damage. The draft restoration plan describes a proposed green infrastructure project lead by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, which uses school and community education and training to enhance the water quality of the Canal. After the comment period on the Draft Plan (due by April 30, 2016), NYS DEC will be issuing and implementing a Final Restoration Plan.
Completed Restoration Plans
After a restoration plan is finalized, implementation can begin. The following are final restoration plans:
- Consolidated Edison Company of NY Dunwoodie Substation Restoration Plan (PDF) (5.92 MB) The plan describes restoration projects for the Bronx River in Westchester County to compensate for Natural Resources Damages incurred during the 2009 spill of dielectric fluid from the Consolidated Energy Dunwoodie substation. Public comments were received (Restoration Plan, Appendix B) and integrated into the Restoration Plan where appropriate. The Restoration Plan has now been finalized. For questions, please contact Jennifer Dawson via email.
- Marks Farm Natural Resource Damages Restoration Plan (PDF) (432 KB) In 2005, a manure spill in the Town of Lowville, Lewis County from the Marks Dairy Farm into the Black River resulted in a loss of oxygen in the stream and a significant fish kill. Marks Farm entered into a settlement agreement with the NYSDEC that required them to pay $390,963.00 for natural resource damages resulting from the release. NYSDEC will use these funds to implement restoration projects that will enhance public access to the Black River fishery. The draft restoration plan discussing the proposed restoration projects was available for public review and comment from September 29 to October 29, 2014. No comments were received and this Restoration and Spending Plan has now been finalized. Appendix A - Consent Order (PDF) (973 KB). Appendix B - Project Costs (PDF) (2.21 MB).
- BASF Restoration Plan(PDF) (4.75 MB) This plan describes restoration projects for the BASF site in and around the Hudson River in Rensselaer County.
- Sportfishing Restoration for the Lake Ontario System In June 2006, an NRD settlement of $12 million was reached between New York State and Occidental Chemical Corporation which compensated for the loss of recreational fishing opportunities in Lake Ontario over a 30 year period due to the release of harmful chemicals in the environment. The settlement was used to fund a restoration plan that will implement specific projects to restore and enhance recreational fishing and the fishery itself. After receiving restoration proposals from the public and considering public comment, DEC selected 42 distinct restoration projects: 25 to improve access, 14 to enhance habitat and resources, and 3 to promote fishing in the region. Restoration projects are being implemented in seven counties in northern and western New York. For more information, see the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Restoration Plan page.