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ENB - Region 3 Notices 9/24/2008

Notice of Public Comment Period

Proposed Croton Watershed Phase II Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Non-Point Source Implementation Plan.

This Implementation Plan outlines tasks to reduce non-point sources of phosphorus in the Croton watershed. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has prepared this plan in accordance with the January 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement and Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. The goal of this plan is to reduce the phosphorus concentration in the eight reservoirs listed in the Phase II Phosphorus TMDL as needing further phosphorus reduction than will be achieved by the wastewater treatment plant upgrades required by the New York City Watershed Rules and Regulations. The eight reservoirs are named the Amawalk, Croton Falls, Diverting, East Branch, Middle Branch, Muscoot, New Croton and Titicus. Twenty towns/villages in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties are permitted, along with Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties and the New York State Department of Transportation.

A substantial part of this plan relies on the stormwater management plans that municipal separate storm sewer system operators are developing pursuant to State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit (GP-08-002). This permit now applies to each municipality within the East of Hudson portion of the New York City watershed, which includes the entire Croton watershed. This plan also relies on non-point source projects selected by Putnam and Westchester and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and supported by the NYC DEP East-of -Hudson Water Quality Investment Fund. In addition, the plan includes tasks to reduce phosphorus from agriculture, sanitary collection systems, fertilizer use and other phosphorus source controls.

This plan was originally made available for public review on March 29, 2006 and has been revised in part in response to comments received during that public review, as well as in consideration of the comments received on the MS4 permit and the provisions included in the final MS4 permit issued on April 16, 2008.

Accessing Documents: A copy of the draft "Croton Watershed Phase II Phosphorus TMDL Non-point Source Implementation Plan" is available on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html. (The document appears halfway down the webpage under the heading "New York City Water Supply Watershed/Phosphorus).

Public Comment: The Department is soliciting comments on this proposed plan from individuals involved or interested in the Croton watershed area. The comment period ends on October 27, 2008.

Please email comments to Robert Capowski at: rmcapows@gw.dec.state.ny.us or mail comments to the New York City Watershed Section, NYS DEC, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3502.



Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Hyde Park ZBA, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Signage for ACE/Williams Lumber and Home Center Store will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the request for variances needed for the increase in the number of signs from two (2) wall signs to four (4) wall signs, for the increase in letter height from 8" to 13" and for an increase in letter height for the "ACE" portion of the sign from 8" to 24" for the "A" and 19" for the "CE". The project is located at 4246 Albany Post Road in the Town of Hyde Park, New York.

Contact: Mary Donohue, Town of Hyde Park ZBA, 4283 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538, Phone: (845) 229-5111.


Orange County - The Town of New Windsor, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law to amend the Town of New Windsor Zoning Map and three sections of Chapter 300 of the Code of the Town of New Windsor, entitled "Zoning Law of the Town of New Windsor, New York" will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the enactment of a local law that modifies the Senior Housing Overlay zoning district to ensure that senior housing developments are sited in areas of the Town that are appropriate for age restricted housing developments. The local law also refines and simplifies the process for the review and approval of applications seeking special use permits and site plan approval for senior citizen housing developments. The project is located town wide in the Town of New Windsor, New York.

Contact: George A. Green, Town of New Windsor Town Board, Town Hall, 555 Union Avenue, New Windsor, NY 12553, Phone: (845) 565-8800.


Orange and Rockland Counties - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Queensboro Reservoir WTP, Transmission Main, and Water Distribution Systems Projects will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), Palisades Region to rehabilitate the Queensboro Water Treatment Plant (WTP), and replace the Queensboro Water Transmission Main and the Bear Mountain Water Distribution System (WDS). In addition, NYS OPRHP also proposes to install, as a separate and independent utility, water distribution lines for the purpose of extending a fire protection system, consisting of a fire main and hydrants, to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, a portion of Bear Mountain State Park within the Town of Highlands in Orange County. The purpose of the project is to ensure that: Bear Mountain State Park can continue to withdraw and distribute high quality potable water to the visitors and staff; and that the cultural resources of New York State at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site are afforded the protection of a dedicated and Parks operated fire main system. The project is located in the Bear Mountain State Park in Bear Mountain, New York.

Contact: Nancy Pierson, NYS OPRHP, Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: Nancy.Pierson@oprhp.state.ny.us.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Ulster County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson River Valley Resort may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted November 7, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on October 29, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Rosendale Community Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale, New York. Copies of the Draft Scoping Document are available at the following locations during normal business hours:


Town of Rosendale Public Library
264 Main Street
Rosendale, New York 12472
Phone: (845) 658-9013

NYS DEC Region 3 Office
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, New York 12561
Phone: (845) 256-3040

Town of Rosendale Town Hall
424 Main Street
Rosendale, New York 12472
Phone: (845) 658-3159

It is also available on-line for viewing and downloading at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html.

The action involves the proposal by the applicant, Hudson River Valley Resorts, LLC, to develop a resort community to be located on land totaling approximately 779 acres. The development plan proposes construction of up to 160 for sale residential units, including a mix of single family residences and townhouses, lodging facilities, and spa facility with related amenities. The proposed lodging facilities include a 94 room lodge, 22 lakefront suites, and 14 villas for stand alone cabins. A new wastewater treatment plant and water supply system will also be constructed to serve the site. The development will affect approximately 50 acres contained within an area of approximately 300-325 acres located in the southern portion of the site. The northern portion of the property, which is approximately 400 acres, is located within a conservation easement and will remain undeveloped. The project is located off Binnewater Road (County Route 7) generally west of the New York State Thruway and north of County Route 26 (Breezy Hill Road) and is part of the former Rosendale Cement Company site and the location of the former Williams Lake Hotel resort in the Town of Rosendale, New York.

Contact: Rebecca S. Crist, NYS DEC Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1620, Phone: (845) 256-3040.


Westchester County - The City Council of the City of Yonkers, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Avalon Yonkers may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on October 14, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. The Proposed DEIS Scope can be viewed on the City's website: http://www.cityofyonkers.com/Index.aspx?page=1955. The action involves a petition to the City Council of the City of Yonkers for an amendment to the Zoning Map of the City to re-zone approximately 20.3 acres from IP District to M (apartment houses, medium density) District. If the requested amendment to the Zoning Map is adopted by the City Council and the Site is re-zoned to M District, the Applicant intends to develop the Site with an apartment house community having not more than 450 units. The project is located at 70 Austin Avenue in the City of Yonkers, New York.

Contact: Chuck Lesnick, City Council of the City of Yonkers, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: (914) 377-6060.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Public Hearing

Orange County - The Village of Montgomery, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Comprehensive Plan. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on October 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street in the Village of Montgomery, New York. The Comprehensive Plan and Draft GEIS are available for public viewing at: www.planitmainstreet.com/montgomery.html. Copies will also be made available at the Village Library and Village Hall. To view a printed copy of the Comprehensive Plan and DGEIS contact the person listed below. The action involves the adoption of a Village Comprehensive Plan. The project is located throughout the Village of Montgomery, New York.

Contact: Rose Griffin, 133 Clinton Street, Montgomery, NY 12549, Phone: (845) 457-9661, E-mail: info@villageofmontgomery.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Westchester County - The Village of Ossining Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Comprehensive Plan, Amendments to Village Code and Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on October 1, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue, Village of Ossining. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until October 13, 2008. The action involves the adoption of the Village of Ossining Comprehensive Plan, amendments to the Village Code and a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The project is located throughout the Village of Ossining, New York.

Contact: Valerie M. Monastra, Village of Ossining, 101 Route 9A, Ossining, NY 10562, Phone: (914) 762-6232, E-mail: vmonastra@ossbuilding.org.



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