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ENB - Region 6 Notices

Public Notice

Proposed Designation of Natural Heritage Area

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) are proposing to designate the Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beaches and Wetland Complex, which includes the Black Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Lakeview Marsh WMA, Deer Creek WMA, Sandy Pond Beach Natural Area, and Southwick Beach State Park located in the Towns of Ellisburg in Jefferson County, and Sandy Creek and Richland in Oswego County, as a Natural Heritage Area (NHA) pursuant to Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL § 11-0539.7). The NHA Program recognizes rare animals, rare plants and significant natural communities, and provides greater assurance that management activities on designated state lands protect the unique resources for which the area was designated. Designation of the NHA includes recognition of compatible uses that may continue, consistent with the conservation of the Natural Heritage resources present.

This designation is the first to be made jointly by the DEC and OPRHP for DEC and OPRHP-owned and managed lands.

Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beach and Wetland Complex is being designated as a NHA for the following reasons: Surveys and inventories have indicated that there are 11 endangered and 10 threatened plant species, four endangered and four threatened animals and eight significant ecological communities.

For additional information about this designation please visit Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beach and Wetland Area: Proposed Natural Heritage Area Designation.

The DEC will accept comments on the proposed Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beach and Wetland Complex NHA until 25 October 2007.

Comments should be addressed to: Angelena M. Ross, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 317 Washington St., Watertown NY 13601, E-mail: amross@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Negative Declaration

Oneida County - The New York Mills Union Free School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York Mills Union Free School - Additions and Alterations will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an addition to the District's existing K-12 facility totaling approximately 16,500 square feet. The project is located at 1 Marauder Boulevard, New York Mills, New York.

Contact: David Langone, New York Mills Union Free School District, 1 Marauder Boulevard, New York Mills, NY 13417, Phone: (315) 768-8127.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

St. Lawrence County - The Village of Potsdam, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Lowe's of Potsdam, NY proposed annexation and retail center development. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on October 15, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Board Room, Park Street, Potsdam, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until October 29, 2007. Copies of the Draft EIS may be obtained from the contact person. The action involves the approval of the proposed project which consists of a new Lowe's Home Improvement Center and future additional retail/restaurant development totaling approximatley 197,000 square feet on approximatley 79 acres of land. The project includes approximately 785 parking spaces on site, distributed among the three planned commercial uses on site. The project is located on Country Lane at NYS Route 56 North in the Town of Potsdam, New York..

Contact: Lori S. Queor, Village of Potsdam, P.O. Box 5168, Civic Center, Potsdam, NY 13676, Phone: (315) 265-7480.

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