A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) was prepared to evaluate the proposed modification of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYC DEP’s) Catskill Aqueduct Influent Chamber State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (Catalum SPDES Permit). The Proposed Action would modify the Catalum SPDES Permit to incorporate the following:
Turbidity control measures, including operation of Ashokan Reservoir in accordance with the Interim Ashokan Release Protocol (IRP); and
- Delay of dredging accumulated material (alum floc) from Kensico Reservoir until the completion of certain infrastructure projects.
Implementation of the turbidity control measures analyzed in the Draft EIS would allow NYC DEP to continue to provide reliable, clean, and safe drinking water while reducing reliance on chemical treatment of the water supply, specifically the use of alum, during episodic turbidity events.
A legislative public comment hearing on the permit application and the Draft EIS will be held to receive unsworn statements from the public at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform.
Written comments concerning the Draft EIS and permit application must be postmarked by June 16, 2021 and mailed or emailed to the contact listed above.
Instructions for Attending the Legislative Public Comment Hearing:
To join the hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click "Join a meeting."
Event Number: 179 555 3174
Registration Password: March3-4pm
To join by phone only:
Access Code: 179 555 3174
Any person wishing to provide a public statement must register in advance of the hearing no later than 10:00 A.M. on
Monday, March 1, 2021. Any person who wishes only to observe the
webinar online must also register. Any person may listen to the hearing
by phone without pre-registration.
To register electronically: All persons who will login to the hearing electronically must register. To register, visit https://www.webex.com,
click "Join meeting," input the event number listed above, click
"Register," and fill in the requested information. You will be asked
whether you wish to make a public statement or not. After registration
is complete, you will receive a confirmation by email with information
about how to join the hearing.
To register by telephone:
Any person who is not able
to login electronically may participate by telephone. Call-in
participants must register to speak in advance by calling the Department
at 518-402-9003 no later than 10:00 A.M. on Monday March 1, 2021.