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Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR 703.4, Site-Specific Enterococcus Water Quality Standards for Class I/SD Waters -

Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR 703.4. The proposed rule making amends 6 NYCRR § 703.4 to add site-specific criteria to select Class I and Class SD waterbodies. The new criteria use enterococcus as a fecal indicator bacteria and memorialize attainment goals for the City of New York's combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement efforts. A PDF copy of the rule making documents (PDF) can be accessed on DEC's website.

Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR 485.1, "Who must pay and how much."

Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR 485.1, "Who must pay and how much." The proposed consensus rule making removes inaccurate and redundant information in regulation to eliminate confusion for the regulated community.

Adopted Amendments to 6 NYCRR 701.13 and 701.14, Clarification of Class I and Class SD Best Usages

Adopted Amendments to 6 NYCRR 701.13 and 701.14, clarify the best usages of Class I and Class SD marine surface waters were, and remain to be, "secondary contact recreation and fishing" and "fishing," respectively. The notice of adoption is published in issue 24 of the State Register, dated June 17, 2020.

Adopted Amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 700, 703, and 890, BEACH Act Standards and Reclassification Rule

Adopted amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 700, 703, and 890, regarding water quality standards for enterococci and E. coli to meet the requirements of federal law and to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters in the New York Harbor.

Adopted Amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 830 Lake Champlain Drainage Basin

Adopted amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 830 to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters in the Lake Champlain Basin to meet federal Clean Water Act goals for water quality.

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