Agreements have been reached to move forward with the following evaluations 
and actions:

  • Development of explicit criteria that would be used to determine if the project is causing adverse impacts. These criteria will assist in the implementation of the SPDES permit condition which requires re-evaluation of the outfall location if there is a statistically significant trend of increasing leveIs of total phosphorus or chlorophyll-a in the lake.
  • Completion of an outfall relocation study to evaluate alternative, extended outfall locations. For example, the parties will evaluate whether an outfall Iocation below the photic zone (about ten meters deep) would effectively prevent any additional loading of phosphorus from causing algal growth, Completion of this study within the next one or two years (and prior to the occurrence of any unexpected impacts) will minimize any delay in implementing an outfall extension project if found to be necessary.
  • Development and implementation of project(s) to reduce diffuse loadings of phosphorus to the Lake, The main focus of this effort will be to identify nonpoint sources or similar diffuse sources of phosphorus, and to develop mitigation projects to control the source(s).This project could serve as a model to test the concept of offsets" which is being discussed at the national level as a potential element of the permitting of new dischargers to stressed waters. Any such project would be expected to complement other projects and programs implemented in the Cayuga Lake watershed under the overall New York StateNon-Point Source Management Plan. It is expected that the above actions will be coordinated and conducted by NYSDEC and Cornell, with assistance from EPA. in addition, opportunities for informal public review and input will be provided.