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ENB - Region 7 Notices 9/30/2009

Public Notice

Amendments of the Final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Chenango County:

Subsequent to the promulgation of the final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Chenango County in November 1984, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Staff found inaccuracies affecting Maps 23 and 24 of 24. Having fully investigated these sites, NYS DEC Staff sent notice of the proposed amendments to the affected landowners and published notice in local newspapers and in the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). NYS DEC Staff reviewed public comments received during the comment period and no public hearing was held. Upon review of Staff's findings and recommendations relative to this matter, the NYS DEC Commissioner was satisfied that NYS DEC Staff appropriately responded to all oral and written comments on the proposed amendments, and that NYS DEC Staff's recommendations were consistent with the requirements of the Freshwater Wetlands Act and supported by the record. The NYS DEC Commissioner ordered that five wetlands be added to Maps 23 and 24 of 24 for Chenango County, effective September 30, 2009. Three of these wetlands, each less than three acres in size, are being mapped as wetlands of unusual local importance for their benefit of providing education and scientific research of this ecologically unique and vulnerable plant community. In addition, extended regulated adjacent areas of 300 feet are established for four of the wetlands due to the vulnerability of these wetlands. A copy of the final maps will be filed with the office of the clerk of each affected local government and in the NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office, Cortland, NY.

Contact: Gerald Rasmussen, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office, 1285 Fisher Ave., Cortland, NY 13045, Fax: (607) 753-8532.

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