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ENB - Region 3 Notices 4/22/2009

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West Hook Sand and Gravel will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves modifications to consist of the expansion of the previously approved 13 acre pond in Phase 1 by 22 acres into Phases 7 and 8, and the removal of sand and gravel from an additional 7 acre area, which will include a 2.5 acre pond, located in the far western portion of the property. The project is located off West Hook Road and south of Interstate 84 in the Towns of Fishkill and East Fishkill, New York and is located adajacent to their landfill.

Contact: John Petronella, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3000.



Dutchess County - The Town Board of the Town of Red Hook, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Local Law No. 1 of 2009 amending Chapter 74 of the Red Hook Town Code will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment to Chapter 74 of the Code of Town of Red Hook entitled, "Fire Prevention and Building Construction" to require all newly constructed one to four family dwellings, not more than three stories in height, to become certified as New York ENERGY STAR homes. The project is located throughout the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Sue Crane, Town of Red Hook, Phone: (845) 758-4622, Fax: (845) 758-5313.


Orange County - The Village of Tuxedo Park Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has determined that the Proposed Adoption of Introductory Local Law 3 of 2009 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed adoption of amendments to various chapters in the Code of the Village of Tuxedo Park which make specific or summary references to the substantive provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The local law would ensure proper and consistent compliance with SEQRA and would eliminate the requirement for a local law amendment whenever SEQRA is subsequently modified by New York State. The project is located in the Village of Tuxedo Park, New York.

Contact: Houston Stebbins, Village of Tuxedo Park, c/o Tuxedo Park Village Hall, 80 Lorillard Road, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987, Phone: (845) 351-4745.


Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the Proposed Amendments to the Rules for the Recreational Use of Water Supply Lands and Waters, allowing Recreational Boating will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of proposed rules which will provide expanded recreational boating opportunities to the public in areas specifically designated for such use by the NYC DEP by allowing additional types of boats to be used without the requirement that occupants of these boats be engaged in fishing. The amendments have been written to allow NYC DEP to designate Recreational Boating Areas at City-owned reservoirs or portions thereof, after compliance with site specific environmental reviews of each potential recreational boating area. The proposed rules also eliminate the requirement for a NYC DEP Hunt Tag because existing requirements by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) as well as the requirement to obtain a NYC DEP Access Permit would provide sufficient information to NYC DEP regarding recreational usership of NYC DEP lands. All recreational activities would be conducted in a manner that would ensure appropriate protections are in place to protect water quality and ensure security. The proposed rules would apply to all water supply lands and reservoirs owned by the City of New York in Delaware, Sullivan, Green, Schoharie, Ulster, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester Counties, New York.

Contact: Mark Page Jr., NYC DEP - Office of Water Supply Infrastructure and Watershed Assessment, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4395, E-mail: mpage@dep.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Rockland County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed United Water New York Inc. (UWNY) Haverstraw Water Supply Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared. The project is a proposal by UWNY, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, to construct a desalination facility in the Town of Haverstraw, New York to produce potable water from the Hudson River. The project would withdraw up to 10 million gallons per day (mgd) of water from the Hudson River. The proposal includes: a raw water intake unit and pumping station that would be located along the Hudson River, near a dock formerly operated by U.S. Gypsum; a desalination facility/water treatment plant which would be located upslope, on lands of the former Haverstraw Landfill; a raw water transmission line between the two facilities; potable water main route(s) connecting the water treatment plant to existing water utility infrastructure; and pipelines to transmit effluent from the water treatment plant to the Haverstraw Joint Regional Sewage Treatment Plant (sewage treatment plant). A temporary pilot plant will be constructed and operated for a 12-18 month period to gather data in support of design and operation assessments and decisions. Significant environmental issues which the NYS DEC has preliminarily identified include, but are not limited to: effects on aquatic species and habitats; water quality in the reach of the Hudson River where the intake is proposed; water supply allocation including cross-watershed transport; suitability of the landfill site; ability of the sewage treatment plant to handle the proposed effluent; energy demands of the desalination pre-treatment and treatment technologies; and relative impacts and viability of possible alternatives to desalination, including demand reduction.

NYS DEC will conduct public scoping to identify issues of public concern and permit inclusion of relevant, substantive public issues in the final written scope. Public comments should address any additional issues, topics or studies which should be considered for inclusion in the Draft EIS to be prepared for the project.

UWNY has prepared a preliminary Draft EIS which the NYS DEC is treating as a draft scope. The draft scope is available on-line at: http://www.haverstrawwatersupplyproject.com/index.php/draft-environmental-impact-study-deis.html, or from the contact person listed at the end of this notice. Print copies are available for review at the following locations:

Office of the Town Clerk
Haverstraw Town Hall
One Rosman Road
Garnerville, NY 10923
Phone: (845) 429 -2200

Haverstraw Kings Daughters Public Library at Rosman Center
10 West Ramapo Road
Garnerville, NY 10923
Phone: (845) 786-3800.

Interested individuals and entities are encouraged to provide any detailed or extensive comments in writing. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted through May 22, 2009. NYS DEC will also hold a public scoping meeting to receive comments on the proposed scope for the Haverstraw Water Supply Project Draft EIS. Two sessions have been scheduled on Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The scoping meetings will be held at the Haverstraw Town Hall , One Rosman Road, Garnerville, NY 10923.

Representatives of NYS DEC and the project sponsors will present brief descriptions of the review process and the proposed project. Reference copies of the draft scope will be available at the meeting site. Speaking times may be limited to accommodate all attendees, if necessary. Oral comments will be received but interested individuals and entities are encouraged to provide detailed or extensive comments in writing.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to the address below, or by e-mail to depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us (For email, the subject line must include the words "UWNY Scoping").

Contact: Jeremy Rosenthal, NYS DEC, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9159.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Orange County - The Town of New Windsor Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Town of New Windsor Comprehensive Plan. A hard copy of the FEIS is available at the Town of New Windsor Clerk's office. The FEIS is available online at: http://town.new-windsor.ny.us. The action involves the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan of the Town of New Windsor. New Windsor's current Comprehensive Plan is several decades old and the Town's existing land use regulations do not adequately address the present challenges and trends. The Town desires to develop a vision for addressing future growth and update land use regulations. The project is located throughout the Town of New Windsor, New York.

Contact: George A. Green, Town of New Windsor, 555 Union Avenue, New Windsor, NY 12553, Phone: (845) 563-4600.


Ulster County - The Town of Shawangunk Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Watchtower Farms Improvements. A copy of the Final EIS may be reviewed at the following locations:

Shawangunk Town Hall
14 Central Avenue
Wallkill, NY 12589

Wallkill Public Library
7 Bona Ventura Avenue (Route 208)
Wallkill, NY 12589

The following website: www.shawangunk.org

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc., for a Special Use Permit and Site Plan Approval for 300 multiple family dwellings to be constructed in a three (3) story residential building attached to an existing residential building. The Applicant also proposes to construct and expand various ancillary uses including but not limited to a two (2) story parking garage with 400 spaces, three (3) story accessory building with basement, recreation building, technical equipment building, with proposed additions to existing dining room and laundry and dry cleaning buildings.

The proposed development is situated on a portion of the Applicant's 1,141 ± acre landholding. The application involves land already developed within the Watchtower Farms residential campus complex, except some disturbance of lands in agricultural or vacant use can be anticipated at the periphery of the proposed development area. As per the Town of Shawangunk zoning law, the property is zoned Residential Agricultural (Rag-4). The project is located on the Watchtower Farms residential campus complex which maintains frontage on Red Mills Road and is north east of the Bruyn Turnpike in the Town of Shawangunk, New York.

Contact: Kris Pedersen, Town of Shawangunk, Shawangunk Town Hall, Central Avenue, Wallkill, NY 12589, Phone: (845) 895-3356.




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