Public Review and Comment of New York State's revised draft Section 309 Combined Assessment and Strategy for 2011 - 2015
The Department of State announces the availability for public review and comment of New York State's revised draft Section 309 Combined Assessment and Strategy for 2011 - 2015. The Combined Assessment and Strategy is a public document, prepared by the State's Coastal Management Program (CMP) for approval by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in order for the State to be eligible for federal Section 309 funding in FY2011-2015.
The document is presented in two parts: an assessment section which describes the current status and associated accomplishments by the State in each of nine federal 'priority enhancement areas' (Wetlands, Coastal Hazards, Public Access, Marine Debris, Cumulative and Secondary Impacts, Special Area Management Planning, Ocean/Great Lakes Resources, Energy and Government Facility Siting, and Aquaculture); and a section which articulates the strategies the Department plans to pursue over the next five years using federal Section 309 funds. Revisions to the original November 2010 document include: the deletion of a strategy to establish a direct permit program; deletion of a marine debris strategy; and deletion of a strategy for a NYS Coastal Management Program amendment for the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes. These programmatic revisions are a result of changes in the State's coastal resource management priorities since the November 2010 document was submitted to NOAA for approval.
Revisions were also made to the budget established in the document. The budget for the strategy titled Update the Significant Habitat Program was revised downward to more accurately reflect the staff time that will be involved in that effort. The budgets for the remaining strategies (Develop Ecosystem-scale Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs; Develop a NYS Coastal Management Program Amendment for Long Island's South Shore Estuary) were revised to reflect what is anticipated will be an increased amount of staff time necessary for their implementation. The five year budget summary and table of contents have been revised to reflect all of the above identified changes.
Comments on the draft Section 309 Combined Assessment and Strategy should be sent in writing via e-mail to email@example.com. Please type 'Comments on Draft 309 Assessment and Strategy' in the e-mail's subject line. Comments are due no later than Friday February 17, 2012.click here to view New York's revised draft Section 309 Combined Assessment and Strategy.