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ENB - Statewide Notices 3/28/2018

Public Notice

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Final Amendment #1 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan Effective October 1, 2017

Municipalities and Owners/Operators of Public Drinking Water Supply Systems

New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan

Final Amendment No. 1 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

FFY 2018 DWSRF Intended Use Plan Amendment:

Draft Amendment No. 1 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan (IUP) issued October 1, 2017 was published in the March 7th issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period for Draft Amendment No. 1 closed on March 21, 2018 and the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) received no public comments pertaining to the Amendment. Therefore, as of March 22, 2018 the Amendment as shown below was final:

DWSRF#18294 City of Lockport, Niagara County - The DWSRF associated project costs are being increased through this amendment by $500,000 to $3.6 million. The project is for the replacement of two miles of a portion of the City's raw water transmission main that is over 100 years old. During the engineering, planning and evaluation phase of the project, the City has determined that an aged water distribution main that runs parallel to the raw water transmission main should also be replaced at the same time to ensure the integrity of the new transmission main once installed. In addition, the City is re-specifying the material being used for the transmission main from prestressed concrete cylinder pipe to PVC or ductile iron pipe.

NYS DOH has determined that the amendment is necessary, reasonable, and in the interest of protecting public health. The amendment will not adversely affect any project on the IUP Project Annual List above the subsidized funding line. Except as noted above, there are no other changes to the IUP as a result of this Amendment No. 1 of the FFY 2018 IUP.

Michael Montysko
NYS DOH - Bureau of Water Supply Protection
Corning Tower Room 1135
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Phone: (518) 402-7650

Advanced Notice of Proposed Permit for Discharges of Winery, Brewery and Hard Cidery Wastewater to Groundwater

Comment Period for Advanced Notice of Proposed Permit

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is soliciting stakeholder input regarding the potential issuance of a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit that would provide coverage for wastewater discharges to groundwater from licensed wineries, breweries and hard cideries in New York State through this industry survey known as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Permit (ANPP).

The ANPP (PDF, 250KB) is available on the NYS DEC website.

NYS DEC will accept comments on the ANPP from April 1, 2018 until May 31, 2018. Comments must be submitted in writing by mail or e-mail to the contact listed below.

Contact: Doug Ashline, NYSDEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505, E-mail: (Reference "ANPP for WBHC General Permit Comments" in the subject line).

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 13-0330(6) and 13-0331(7), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources has filed a Notice of Adoption to amend 6 NYCRR Part 44 Lobsters and Crabs and Part 50 Miscellaneous Marine Species. This rule making will adopt the following:

1) Require the use of terrapin excluder devices measuring one and three-quarter inches high by four and three-quarter inches wide in crab traps set in nearshore harbors, creeks, and tributaries of the marine and coastal district;

2) Allow two horseshoe crab permit holders to harvest from a single vessel or vehicle, each can take a single harvest limit; and

3) Require mandatory catch reporting for whelk permit holders.

These amendments will promote prudent management strategies for crabs, horseshoe crabs and whelk.

This notice will be published in issue 13 of the State Register on March 28, 2018.

For further information please contact:

Kim McKown
NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0454

New York State Thruway Authority Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Reports for GP-0-015-003

This notice announces the availability of the Draft Annual Report prepared by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) pursuant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit of Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-015-003. The Draft Annual Report documents activities related to the NYSTA's Stormwater Management Program during the Reporting Period of March 10, 2017 to March 9, 2018. The NYSTA Is making this draft document available for public comment for a period of 28 days, ending April 25, 2018. Interested parties may provide their comments to the NYSTA via e-mail, phone, or mail to be considered in finalizing the documents.

Background: SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4), GP-0-015-003, requires that agencies or municipalities identified as Regulated Small MS4s must develop a Stormwater Management Program to address six Minimum Control Measures.

Information: The Draft Annual Reports are available online during the comment period at:

Hard copies of the NYSTA Draft Annual Report are also available for review at the following locations:

NYSTA - New York Division
4 Executive Boulevard
Suffern, NY 10901
Phone: (845) 918-2500

NYSTA _ Albany Division
Route 9W, Interchange 23, Building #1
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 436-2999

NYSTA - Syracuse Division
290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 250 2nd Floor
Liverpool, NY 13088-2014
Phone: (315) 437-2741

NYSTA - Buffalo Division
455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-1309
Phone: (716) 631-9017

E-mail comments to: Thruway:

Mail comments to:

NYSTA - Environmental Services Group
Attention: Michael Monahan
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209.
Phone (518) 471-5942.

Contact: Kelly Saladis, Shumaker Consulting Engineering & Land Surveying, D.P.C., 143 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, Phone (607) 798-8081

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is seeking comments on the following two Draft Technical Guidance documents:

1. Procedures for Determining Entrainment Survival of Fish at Industrial Facilities Operating Cooling Water Intake Structures

Commissioner Policy CP #52 allows for entrainment survival to be considered as part of a Best Technology Available (BTA) decision under 6 NYCRR § 704.5 but only if a NYS DEC approved, site-specific biological study is conducted. This guidance establishes both technically sound methods for determining entrainment survival and procedures for the estimated survival to be included as a component of BTA for the purposes of meeting the requirements of 6 NYCRR § 704.5.

2. Velocity Cap Efficacy Estimation for use in Best Technology Available Determinations

The use of velocity caps on offshore cooling water intake structures have been in practice since the late 1950s to reduce the impingement of fish. Unfortunately, no site-specific data exists for New York facilities that verify the efficacy of intakes fitted with velocity caps meet the performance goals of Commissioner Policy CP #52 for impingement mortality. This document presents technical information on the published efficacy of velocity caps and provides technical guidance to permittees and NYS DEC staff.

The Draft documents may be viewed at:

Comments must be submitted in writing no later than Friday, April 27, 2018. Comments may be submitted by email to: ; Include "CWIS Guidance Comments" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the contact listed below.

Contact: Chuck Nieder, NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Habitat, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4756, E-mail:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Announces Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

Applications will be accepted through April 13, 2018.

NYS DEC is now accepting applications for the 2018 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards program (Press Release) This year marks the 15th anniversary of New York's Environmental Excellence Awards that recognize businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations for their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

The 2018 Application Brochure and "Tips for Applicants" document are available on NYS DEC's website

The awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that contribute to a healthier environment and economy. Award winners are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example and serve as models of excellence within their industry and community. Benefits of receiving an award include statewide recognition and visibility for environmental leadership, and increased marketing, promotional and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Businesses (small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, retail, agri-business, renewable energy, hospitality, sports, etc.)
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Education, health care and recreational facilities;
  • Local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies; and
  • Individuals

To be eligible, a project must be in New York State; result in measurable environmental and economic benefits beyond what could have been achieved by using standard techniques or complying with regulatory requirements; be initiated within the past three years and be fully operational for at least 12 months. Applicants must be in compliance with New York Environmental Conservation Law and all applicable permits and local laws.

Review criteria will include an assessment of: environmental benefits; economic benefits; innovative approach of the project; advancement of sustainability; how creative partnerships were created or strengthened by the project; demonstration of commitment, leadership and environmental excellence, demonstration of transferability and the demonstration that practices go beyond standard techniques or compliance requirements.

Competitive applications will focus on innovative and cutting-edge projects or programs that are achieving significant environmental benefits through:

  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • manufacturing process improvements
  • climate change adaptations;
  • food waste reduction efforts;
  • recycling and composting programs;
  • "green tech" solutions;
  • initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • clean energy projects and energy efficiency improvements;
  • green infrastructure projects;
  • natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • urban forestry or farming practices;
  • programs advancing locally grown and "farm to table; and
  • education and training programs.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 13, 2018. Award winners will be honored at a 15th year anniversary event in November 2018. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

For more information about the award program, contact: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7253, Phone: (518) 402-9469, Questions can also be sent via e-mail to:

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