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ENB - Region 7 Notices 3/18/2009

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RA #10 Stands C-12, 17,18 and 24, Herbicide Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an herbicide application to reduce the abundance of fern and interfering woody vegetation to a level that would allow the natural regeneration of desired tree species. The action is to take place on 50 acres of a plantation softwood and mixed hardwood forest. The herbicide application seeks to control interfering vegetation consisting of beech, striped maple, thornapple, hay-scented fern and New York fern. The dominance of this vegetation in the forest understory prevents adequate regeneration of desirable tree species from becoming established. Removal of the interfering vegetation will facilitate the natural regeneration of sugar maple, white ash, black cherry, red oak, black birch, and red maple, creating a healthy diverse natural forest. The project is located on the Chenango Reforestation Area # 10 in the Town of Greene and the Town of Coventry, New York.

Contact: Jason Schoelling, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub-Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4017, ext. 607.



Chenango County
- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RA #2,Stand A-29 Herbicide Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the herbicide application to reduce the abundance of fern and interfering woody vegetation to a level that would allow the natural regeneration of desired tree species. The action is to take place on 21 acres of mixed hardwood forest. The herbicide application seeks to control interfering vegetation consisting of hay-scented fern, New York fern, striped maple, hophornbeam and beech. The dominance of this vegetation in the forest understory prevents adequate regeneration of desirable tree species from becoming established. Removal of the interfering vegetation will facilitate the natural regeneration of sugar maple, white ash, black cherry and red maple, creating a healthy diverse natural forest. The project is located on Chenango Reforestation Area #2, Beaver Meadow State Forest, Stand A-29. This stand is located North of the New Road, in the Town of Smyrna, New York.

Contact: Andrew Blum, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub-Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4036.



Cortland County
- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Proposed Van Donsel 1 (627154) Natural Gas Well Located within Cortland County Agricultural District #01 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the drilling of a natural gas well located within Cortland County Agricultural District #01. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of NYS DEC. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 110,620 square feet or approximately 2.54 acres. After the well has been drilled, it will be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The well pad and access road areas for a producing well will be reduced to 20,592 square feet or approximately 0.47 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The project is located approximately 860 feet west of Page Green Road and 900 feet northwest of the intersection of Page Green Road with Vinnedge Road in the Town of Virgil, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376.



Tompkins County
- The Village of Dryden, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Village of Dryden Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Village of Dryden currently has coverage under the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) for the operation of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The WWTP was originally constructed in 1966, and has had several upgrades such that it currently has a permitted capacity of 0.4 MGD. The WWTP is located next to Virgil Creek; however, the outfall discharges to Fall Creek.

The Village had a Facility Plan (Plan) prepared in 2006, which included a comprehensive evaluation and study with respect to the WWTP operations and the need for its upgrade, including, but not limited to, expansion, reconstruction and/or replacement. The Plan determined the plant should be upgraded from a capacity of 0.4 MGD to 0.6 MGD. The Plan was reviewed and approved by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) on August 17, 2006. A modified SPDES permit was issued on May 14, 2008 providing the discharge limits of the upgraded WWTP.

Water quality limits will not be modified during construction; therefore, the existing plant will remain as fully functional as possible during the construction process. As required under the post construction SPDES limits, the new WWTP will now provide water quality treatment for the removal of ammonia and phosphorus. The design documents (drawings and specifications) for the plant upgrade are being prepared by MRB Group and will require review and approval by NYS DEC prior to construction. The construction of the WWTP is expected to commence in September 2009, with a completion date of September 2010.

The project is located on a 7.8 acre parcel at the end of Wall Street, in the Village of Dryden, New York.

Contact: Reba Taylor, Village of Dryden, 16 South Street, Dryden, NY 13053, Phone: (607) 844-8122, E-mail: mayor@dryden-ny.org.



Onondaga County
- The Town of Dewitt, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jamesville Sewer District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of the following facilities:

• Approximately 8,700 linear feet of 8 inch diameter sanitary sewers and appurtenances along North Street, South Street, NYS Route 173 and Jutland Drive.
• One sewage pumping station north of NYS Route 173 and west of Solvay Road.
• 100 linear feet of 6 inch diameter force main from the pumping station to the existing Onondaga County sanitary force main on Solvay Road.
• 120 sewer laterals.

These facilities would serve approximately 90 homes, an elementary school, two churches, a number of businesses including the Post Office, the Glen Loch Restaurant, three other eating establishments, a gas station, and a number of commercial properties. Also served would be the Jamesville Fire Department, Museum, and the Jamesville Elementary School.

The project is located in the Town of Dewitt, New York.

Contact: Edward Michalenko, Town of Dewitt, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057, Phone: (315) 446-3428.



Notice of Acceptance of Final Supplemental EIS

Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Ithaca College Wetland Mitigation Plan - Athletics and Events Center. The Final SEIS is available from the contact person listed below and also available for review on the website: www.ithaca.edu/facilities. The action involves the construction of approximately 4.5 acres of wetland in two locations on the Ithaca College lands to compensate for approximately 2.77 acres of wetland being lost as part of the Athletics and Events Center project. The project is located off Coddington Road near Rich Road, West Northview Road and the Water Tank Road in the Town of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Michael Smith, Town of Ithaca, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 273-1747.


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