Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

ENB Statewide Notices 4/27/2022

Public Notice

Round 6 of the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program to Open the first week of May 2022

The Climate Smart Communities Grant Program provides competitive, 50/50 matching grants to municipalities to conduct climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, including actions that are part of a strategy to achieve Climate Smart Communities certification.

Funding Available:

Up to $12 million is available for grants of between $50,000 and $2,000,000 for implementation projects related to the following topics, among others:

  • Reducing vehicle miles travelled (VMT)
  • Reducing food waste
  • Reducing hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions from refrigeration and other related equipment
  • Increasing natural resiliency through restoration or preservation of wetlands and floodplains
  • Reducing future flood-risk, including by relocating or retrofitting critical infrastructure
  • Preparing for extreme weather events

In addition, up to $2,000,000 is available for grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 for planning, inventory, and assessment projects that are aligned with certain Climate Smart Communities Certification actions in the areas of greenhouse gas mitigation, transportation, climate adaptation, and land use.

Eligible Applicants:

Any county, city, town, or village of the State of New York is eligible to apply. A municipality need not be a Climate Smart Community to be eligible for a grant.

Request for Applications:

Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html to view the complete request for applications (RFA) for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program. Potential applicants must read the entire RFA for complete details on the program.

Applying:

Apply for the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), which is available online: https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/

Hand-delivered, facsimile, mailed, or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. In addition to the application portal, information on other state grant opportunities and instructions for applicants are available at the CFA website.

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on July 29, 2022. Applications will not be accepted after this date and time.

Contact: Myra Fedyniak, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Office Of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-1030, Phone 518-402-8444, E-mail: cscgrants@dec.ny.gov.


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), and the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) are pleased to announce the availability of funds in support of CWSRF and DWSRF eligible projects for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2022 and 2023. The CWSRF and DWSRF programs are available to municipalities and certain non-municipal entities in New York State to finance water quality and drinking water related projects. Eligible projects for which the required items have been submitted by the deadlines below will be listed in the CWSRF and DWSRF 2023 Draft IUPs or an amended 2022 IUP, as appropriate.

Funding is now available from the CWSRF and DWSRF programs through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), a five-year program approved by Congress and signed by the President in November 2021.

New project listing forms and project updates will be accepted through Friday, June 17, 2022 from municipalities interested in competing for:

  • FFY 2023 CWSRF Base funding
  • FFY 2022 CWSRF BIL General Supplemental funding
  • FFY 2022 CWSRF BIL Emerging Contaminants (EC) funding
  • FFY 2023 DWSRF Base funding
  • FFY 2022 DWSRF BIL General Supplemental funding

New project listing forms and project updates will be accepted through Wednesday, August 31, 2022 for municipalities interested in competing for:

  • FFY 2022 DWSRF BIL Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) funding
  • FFY 2022 DWSRF BIL EC funding

NYS EFC anticipates the CWSRF program will be able to provide approximately $923 million in interest-free or low-interest rate financing and additional subsidy (grant or principal forgiveness) for clean water project costs from these funding sources.

NYS DOH anticipates the DWSRF program will be able to provide approximately $272 million in interest-free or low-interest rate financing and additional subsidy (grant or principal forgiveness) for drinking water project costs from these funding sources.

Eligible applicants seeking CWSRF funds must:

  • List or update their project using the Project Listing and Update System (PLUS), available at: https://plus.efc.ny.gov/plus/;
  • Submit an approvable engineering report consistent with the Engineering Report Outline on NYS EFC's website at www.efc.ny.gov; and
  • Submit a completed Smart Growth Assessment Form.

Eligible applicants seeking DWSRF funds must:

  • List or update their project by submitting a project listing form to the NYS DOH at: design@health.ny.gov. The listing form can be found on NYS DOH's website at: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/water;
  • Submit an approvable engineering report consistent with the Drinking Water Engineering Report Outline on NYS DOH's website at: www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/water; and
  • Submit a completed Smart Growth Assessment Form.

These items must be submitted to NYS EFC (for CWSRF) or NYS DOH (for DWSRF) no later than Friday, June 17, 2022 to have a project listed on the Annual List in the amended 2022 IUP and/or the 2023 IUP, and be eligible for financing. Municipalities with projects listed on the 2022 CWSRF IUP and that receive notification that they are required to provide project updates must submit the updates using PLUS no later than Friday, June 17, 2022.

If interested in competing for the DWSRF FFY 2022 BIL LSLR program and DWSRF BIL EC program, the deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

If these items are not received by the deadlines above, the project will not be listed in the IUPs. Projects will not be added to the IUPs between the Draft and Final IUP.

Eligible Projects:

CWSRF Base and General Supplemental - Municipal water pollution control projects eligible for interest-free or low-interest rate financing and additional subsidy under Section 212 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) include, but are not limited to: wastewater treatment facilities, pumping stations and sewers, combined sewer overflow abatement; stormwater pollution abatement; and other municipally-owned projects or portions of projects that maintain, protect or improve water quality.
Municipal and non-municipal entities are eligible for CWSRF interest-free or low-interest rate financing and additional subsidy for non-point source projects that protect water quality under CWA Section 319 or implement an approved National Estuary Plan under CWA Section 320. Projects include but are not limited to: green infrastructure; landfill leachate collection, storage and treatment; stormwater management facilities and equipment; wetland and waterbody restoration; deficient or failing decentralized septic systems; or other non-point source projects to maintain, protect or improve water quality under Section 319.

The total amount of funding available for FFY 2022 equals $642,180,913 and FFY 2023 equals $247,661,280. We expect that $96,257,070 of the available General Supplemental funding will be provided as additional subsidy in the form of grants or principal forgiveness.

CWSRF Emerging Contaminants - Municipally-owned projects or components of projects that address emerging contaminants, including but not limited to, groundwater or surface water contamination caused by perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and Microplastics/Nanoplastics. All projects in this category must be otherwise eligible for CWSRF financing.

The total amount of funding available for FFY 2022 equals $10,318,000 and FFY 2023 equals $23,407,000. All funding made available through this category will be provided as additional subsidy in the form of grants or principal forgiveness.
Details for the General Supplemental and Emerging Contaminants programs will be provided in an amendment to the Final CWSRF 2022 IUP.

DWSRF Base and General Supplemental - Projects must be DWSRF eligible. Municipally owned and privately-owned community water systems and non-profit, non-community water systems may be eligible for DWSRF subsidized financing or additional subsidy. Projects eligible for DWSRF financing include: construction, rehabilitation, and upgrading of water treatment plants; transmission and distribution mains; storage facilities; pump stations; rehabilitation or development of new drinking water sources; consolidation of water supply services; and capital investments to improve security of drinking water systems.
The total amount of funding available for FFY 2022 equals $125,829,100. We expect that $36,005,690 of the available funding will be provided as additional subsidy in the form of grants or principal forgiveness.

DWSRF Emerging Contaminants - Projects must be otherwise DWSRF eligible and the primary purpose must be to address emerging contaminants in drinking water, with a focus on PFAS.

The total amount available for FFY 2022 equals $30,854,000. All funding made available through this category will be provided as additional subsidy in the form of grants or principal forgiveness.

DWSRF Lead Service Line Replacement - Projects must be otherwise DWSRF eligible and be a LSLR project or associated activity directly connected to the identification, planning, design, and replacement of lead service lines. Any project funded under this category involving the replacement of lead service lines must replace the entire lead service line (public and privately owned portion), not just a portion.

The total amount available for FFY 2022 equals $115,781,000. We expect that $56,732,690 of the available funding will be provided as additional subsidy in the form of grants or principal forgiveness.

Webinair:

NYS EFC and NYS DOH will host at least one webinar to present information on program details and available funding opportunities. These events will also provide guidance on how to access available funding. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Please check NYS EFC's website at: www.efc.ny.gov for webinar dates, times, and registration information.

NYS EFC and NYS DOH Contacts:

For assistance with the project listing process, or for information on the SRF programs, please contact:

Máire Cunningham
NYS EFC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207-2997
Phone: (518) 402-6924
Fax: (518) 402-6954
CWSRF E-mail: CWSRFinfo@efc.ny.gov
DWSRF E-mail: design@health.ny.gov
NYS EFC website: www.efc.ny.gov


New York State Thruway Authority Announces Public Review Period for Draft Annual Report 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, 2021 to March 9, 2022. The NYSTA is making this draft document available for public comment for a period of 28 days, ending May 11, 2022. 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: https://www.thruway.ny.gov/oursystem/environmental/waterquality.html

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

NYSTA - Albany Division
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209

NYST A - Syracuse Division
290 Elwood Davis Road, Suite 250 2nd Floor
Liverpool, NY 13088-2014

NYSTA - Buffalo Division
455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-1309

E-mail comments to:

Thruway: ms4artwy@thruway.ny.gov

Mail comments to:

Zachary Russo
NYSTA - Environmental Services Group
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209
Phone (518) 436-2949

Contact: Zachary Russo, NYSTA - Environmental Services Group, 200 Southern Boulevard, Albany, NY 12209, Phone (518) 436-2949.


Negative Declaration

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Eradication of Giant Hogweed Across New York State will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of herbicide to work toward eradication of Giant hogweed plants in New York State. There are currently 1,266 known Giant hogweed sites with plants. Smaller sites are generally controlled manually with root-cutting. This action covers all sites, but herbicide application will likely occur on only one-third of the known sites, with smaller sites being manually controlled. The action will take place at up to 400 sites and adjacent locations as well as new sites that are discovered, ranging in size from 0.01 acre to 1.3 acres, and totaling approximately 50 acres throughout 26 counties. The average site size is 0.04 acres. The application method used will be by backpack sprayer, or other sprayer if more appropriate for the site, targeting only Giant hogweed plants. This project will begin in April 2022 and continue until 2027. Manual control by root cutting and/or flower head removal may be used on small sites or in sensitive portions of larger sites. Controlling Giant hogweed will help to eliminate a federal noxious weed and public health hazard before it spreads even further throughout New York State. The project is located throughout New York State.

Contact: Naja Kraus, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3001.


  • Contact for this Page
  • ENB
    NYS DEC
    Division of Environmental Permits
    625 Broadway, 4th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-1750
    518-402-9167
    Send us an email
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions