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New York City’s Long-Term Watershed Protection Program in Support of Renewal of its Filtration Avoidance Determination for the Catskill and Delaware System

CEQR No. 17DEP012U

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to revise and enhance its Long-Term Watershed Protection Program (or Program) for the Catskill and Delaware Water Supply System in support of its request that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) renew its Filtration Avoidance Determination. The purpose of the Program is to protect and improve existing water quality in the Catskill and Delaware water supply system by engaging in or funding various activities that serve protective and/or remedial water quality functions in the Catskill/Delaware watershed. This Program would also allow New York City to avoid the high cost of filtering a majority of its potable water supply by qualifying for filtration avoidance under the federal Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR) and the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and their New York State counterparts.

The Program, as proposed, is a comprehensive watershed protection strategy that focuses on implementing both protective and remedial initiatives through a number of individual programs and activities. They can be divided into a number of major categories including the SWTR Objective Criteria Compliance; Environmental Infrastructure; Protection and Remediation; Watershed Monitoring, Modeling and Geographic Information System (GIS); Regulatory Programs; Catskill/Delaware Ultraviolet Light (UV) Disinfection Facility; In-City Programs; Administration; and, Education and Outreach. Activities under the Program would take place throughout those parts of the New York counties that fall within the Catskill and Delaware water supply system plus two basins within the Croton system which have the potential to mix with Catskill/Delaware water. These counties are Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.

The proposed Program requires approval from DOH in consultation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

If you have any questions regarding the environmental review please contact Susan Darling at the below address.

Susan Darling, AICP
Senior Project Manager, Water Supply Infrastructure and Watershed Assessment
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis
59-17 Junction Blvd, 11th Floor
Flushing, New York 11373

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