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ENB Statewide Notices 5/26/2021

Public Notice

Data Solicitation for 2020/2022 Integrated Report

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is seeking water quality data and information from the public or entities for any New York State waterbody.

Water quality data and information received may be used to update waterbody assessments in the state's 305(b) Water Quality Report at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66532.html or the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html. Waterbody assessments are conducted following the methodology described in the Consolidated Assessment Listing Methodology (CALM): https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/calmmay2021.pdf. (1.06 MB)

Combined Integrated Reporting

The 305(b) and 303(d) reports are submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) every two years as an Integrated Report. For the reporting periods of 2020 and 2022, NYS DEC will follow US EPA's recommendation to combine the 2020 and 2022 Integrated Report.

Data Requirements:

To be used for assessments, data must be:

  • Accompanied by a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and a Data Usability Analysis Report (DUAR).
  • Demonstrate that Data Quality Indicators (DQI's) have been met: precision, accuracy, bias, representativeness, completeness, comparability, and sensitivity.
  • Analyzed by a New York States Department of Health (NYS DOH) Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) list available at: https://www.wadsworth.org/regulatory/elap accredited Lab, and 40 CFR Part 136 analysis methods are used where applicable.
  • Reflective of parameters with a water quality standard or a Supplemental Indicator identified in Tables 7-11 of the CALM

How to Submit Data:

E-mail all applicable data, the QAPP or DUAR, and any other relevant information to: 4pwlinfo@dec.ny.gov

If necessary, a hard copy may be mailed to the contact listed below.

When to Submit Data:

To be considered for the 2020/2022 Integrated Report, data and information must be received by September 27, 2021.

Background:

The process of comparing water quality data with water quality standards and determining if best uses (e.g., fishing or swimming) are supported is known as "assessment."

The water quality data that NYS DEC may consider for assessments can come from a variety of sources, including NYS DEC monitoring programs, other state agencies, federal agencies and non-governmental partners such as watershed organizations, lake associations and academic researchers.

Every two years, states are required by Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) to compile a list of waters assessed as "impaired", meaning they do not meet water quality standards, and cannot support their best uses. Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans, available at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html, must be developed for these waterbodies to reduce pollutants and help them meet water quality standards, which are available at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23853.html.

More information on data requirements and NYS DEC's process for conducting assessments is described in the CALM.

For questions please contact: Sarah Rickard, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8179, E-mail: 4pwlinfo@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2021-2025 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Comments on the Draft Hudson River Estuary Agenda will be accepted until the close of business on July 9, 2021. Comments should be submitted online to: HREP@dec.ny.gov with "Action Agenda" in the subject line. Written comments can be sent to: Draft Action Agenda 2021-2025, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561.

The action involves the release of the Draft Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2021-2025 by NYS DEC. The Draft Agenda identifies proposed targets, strategies and actions to be pursued over a five year period by NYS DEC, in partnership with other agencies and involved stakeholders. The draft action agenda builds on and is a continuation of the 2015 -2020 Action Agenda and applies to NYS DEC Regions 2, 3 and 4.

The goals of the agenda remain unchanged. Revisions have been made to frame the agenda in term of three themes: A Vital River Ecosystem, A Thriving and Resilient Watershed, and People Living Well with Nature. The benefits, targets and proposed actions have been updated to better reflect trends, challenges, and opportunities for building better partnership approaches to today's environmental issues.

The project is located in the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, New York, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester, New York.

Contact: Nancy Beard, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, Hudson River Estuary Program, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, E-mail: HREP@dec.ny.gov


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