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ENB - Region 6 Notices 01/20/2010

Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Region 6 proposes to issue a General Permit to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for wetland restoration and enhancement projects in Jefferson County. These projects are undertaken through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Wetland Reserve Program and are carried out under contract with private landowners interested in wetland habitat restoration and wildlife conservation. Projects that would be authorized by the General Permit include: construction of linear and perimeter earthen berms, for water level control, not to be placed across a natural stream course, installation of water control structures, waterfowl pothole complexes, level ditches, waterfowl nesting islands and other wetland enhancement work providing a benefit to wetland wildlife and wetland functions and values. The listed projects are those listed as Minor projects under the State Uniform Procedures Act (6NYCRR Part 621) and meet standards for inclusion under the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit # 27.

The contact for comments on this proposal is: Mark A. Wiggins, NYS DEC - Region 6, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, New York 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2249.

Comments will be accepted until February 5, 2010.

Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The Village of Brownville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Village of Brownville Comprehensive Sewer System Evaluation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a plan by the Village of Brownville to implement the recommendations of a sewer evaluation previously done throughout the Village. There will be upgrades made to the current Wastewater Treatment Facility as well as improvements made to various sewer mains. The project is located village wide within the Village of Brownville, New York.

Contact: Patrick Connor, Village of Brownville, 216 Brown Boulevard, Brownville, NY 13615, Phone: (315) 782-7650.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Oneida County - The City of Watervliet, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Delta Dam Project 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 January 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rome City Hall, 198 North Washington Street, Rome, New York. The action involves the proposed construction of a small hydroelectric power project that is proposed with installed capacity of 5 megawatts, to be located at the existing Delta Dam in Rome, New York.

The existing project features consist of the following components:

1. An existing cyclopean masonry dam that was constructed in 1912 and is 1,016 feet long and 76 feet high. The dam provides an operating head of approximately 69 feet.
2. An impoundment with a surface area of 2,700 acres at the spillway elevation of 550 feet and storage volume of 63,200 acre feet. Controlled releases from the reservoir are made from four 60 inch diameter outlets in the eastern section of the dam and two 30 inch diameter outlets in the western section of the dam. The east outlets discharge into a stilling basin approximately 94 feet by 100 feet. The water then flows over an ogee-crested weir that forms the south and west walls of the stilling basin and into the Mohawk River.

The features proposed for the new Delta Dam Project include the following:

1. An intake structure integral to the existing dam located at the west abutment of the dam.
2. A new powerhouse, integral to the new intake structure, containing one main turbine/generator unit with an installed capacity of 4,900 kilowatts and one fish hatchery flow turbine/generator unit with an installed capacity of 100 kilowatts to provide flow to the existing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) fish hatchery located downstream.

The project is located on Golf Course Road in the City of Rome, New York.

Contact: Veronica Barbagallo, Albany Engineering Corporation, 5 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205, Phone: (518) 456-7712, E-mail: veronica@albanyengineering.com.

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