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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.

Completed Restoration Plans

After a restoration plan is finalized, implementation can begin. The following are final restoration plans:

  • Marks Farm Natural Resource Damages Settlement (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 recieved 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.