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ENB - Region 1 Notices 12/31/2008

Notice of Acceptance of Findings Statement

Suffolk County - The County of Suffolk, as lead agency, has accepted a statement of findings for the Suffolk County Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay.

Pursuant to New York's 2004 Leasing Law, the State of New York ceded the underwater lands in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay (seaward of 1,000 feet from the high water mark) to Suffolk County for the purposes of shellfish cultivation. The 2004 Leasing Law requires that the County adopt regulations governing: applications for leases; notices to be given; the form and term of leases; standards for the approval or denial of leases; administration of leases; the transfer or renewal of leases; marking grounds and testing; fees; recording of leases; and other matters as are appropriate to the lease program. The proposed action will support existing aquaculture activities, as well as promote a moderate growth of the industry. Currently, approximately 6,000 acres of underwater land are available for aquaculture activities (comprised of private underwater oyster grants and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [NYS DEC] Temporary Marine Area Use Assignments). In addition to these underwater lands, the lease program will initially accommodate small growth by allowing for additional lease access to approximately 600 acres or about 10% of the underwater land currently available, over the first 10 years of program implementation. The program will be reviewed every five years, and modifications to the program may be made after 10 years based on environmental and/or socio-economic conditions.

Contact: DeWitt S. Davies, Suffolk County Department of Planning, P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, New York 11788, Phone: (631) 853-4865.

Negative Declaration

Suffolk County - The Town Board of the Town of Brookhaven, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Phase I Obstruction Removal at Calabro Airport will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the removal of trees and vegetation on approximately 36 acres and the grading and seeding of the cleared area in order to remove flight obstructions for runways 6, 15, and 33. The project is located at the Brookhaven Calabro Airport on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, New York.

Contact: Jeffrey Kassner, One Independence Hill, Brookhaven, NY 11738, Phone: (631) 451-6455, E-mail: jkassner@brookhaven.org.

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