Agreements have been reached to move forward with the following evaluations and actions:
Development of criteria that would be used to determine if the project is causing adverse impacts. These criteria would serve as a decision framework. to 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 levels of total phosphorus or chlorophyll-a in the Lake.
Conduct a study to evaluate alternative, extended outfall locations. This would assure that should NYSDEC make a determination that there is a trend toward increasing total phosphorus or chlorophyll-a, or an indication that the existing outfall would cause or contribute to Cayuga Lake impairment, the full array of data would be available to identify an acceptable relocation alternative. Completion of this study within the next one or two years (and prior to any finding of unexpected impacts) will minimize any delay in implementing an outfall extension project if found to be necessary.
Identify the role Cornell could take in planning, development or 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 remediation projects to control the source(s). Any such project would be expected to complement other projects and programs implemented in the Cayuga Lake watershed under the overall New York State Non-Point Source Management Plan and other ongoing local efforts.
It is expected that the above actions will be coordinated and conducted by NYSDEC and Cornell, with assistance from EPA. An initial meeting has been scheduled, which will be followed by additional actions through the fall of 1999. NYSDEC, Cornell and EPA are committed to providing opportunities for informal public review, input and dialogue with all interested stakeholders.