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DEC Accepting Public Comment on Balt Pond Dam Breach

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now receiving public comment on the proposal to breach a dam constructed in 1954 on Balt Pond, a 15 acre impoundment located within the Genegantslet State Forest in the town of Smithville, Chenango County.

Prior to 1954 this resource was a natural wetland known as Whitling Swamp. The dam, which presently supports a water body with a maximum depth of 5 feet, is now in need of repairs. The DEC hired a consultant engineering firm which has estimated the cost of repairs at $90,000. Alternatively, the cost to breach the dam and no longer maintain the impoundment is estimated at $15,000. If the dam is breached, the area would return to its prior state, a shallow water wetland, or swamp. Balt Pond has not been a significant fishery. The conversion of the pond to a wetland will not diminish the quality of wildlife habitat. If the dam is breached, measures will be taken to control the flow of water and limit stream sedimentation.

The McDonough Unit Management Plan (UMP), released to the public in 1999, identifies specific goals and objectives for the management of natural resources in the Genegantslet State Forest. Concerning Balt Pond, the objective stated in the plan is to maintain the impoundment. At this time, the DEC is considering the option of breaching the dam, which is not consistent with the management plan.

The Department is now soliciting public comment intended to promote citizen participation in the management process for the Genegantslet State Forest. Public comment received prior to July 20, 2007 will be accepted and considered in the final decision. If no substantive objections to the option of breaching the dam are received, the Department will proceed with this action. Send e-mail to: r7ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us Written comments may be sent to: NYS DEC, 2715 State Rt. 80, Sherburne, NY 13460.

For additional information contact: Andy Goeller, Phone: (607) 674- 4036.

Negative Declaration

Onondaga County - The Onondaga County IDA, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Crouse Health Hospital, Inc. will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of building for MEP systems that serve 14-operating room surgical center, facility modifications and construction of new surgical center. The project is located 736 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Contact: Donald J. Western, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, Phone: (315) 435-3770, E-mail: dwestern@ongov.net .

Onondaga County
- The City of Syracuse Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 256 West Fayette Street Atrium Parking Garage will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the addition of three floors onto an existing parking garage. One floor is to house an additional 200 cars, and the next two floors will house 120,000 square feet of office space (approximately 60,000 square feet each). The facade of the entire structure will also be re-faced to better blend in with the surronding streetscape. The project is located 256 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Contact: Charles T. Ladd, 201 East Washington Street, Room 211, Syracuse, NY 13202, Phone: (315) 448-8640.

Onondaga County - The Baldwinsville Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Baldwinsville Central School District district wide renovations and additions will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the building renovations, alterations, building additions and site improvements at the Baker High School, Durgee Junior High School, Elden Elementary School, Ray Middle School, McNamara Elementary School, Palmer Elementary School, Reynolds Elementary School and VanBuren Elementary School. The project is located Baldwinsville Central School District, 29 East Oneida Street, Baldwinsville, New York.

Jeanne Dangle, Baldwinsville Central School District, 29 East Onieda Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027, Phone: (315) 638-6041.

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