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ENB - Region 3 Notices 03/24/2010

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) announces the start of the Open Application Period for the Landowner Incentive Program: Management and Protection of Bog Turtle Habitat.

Private landowners and not-for-profit groups working on private land will be able to apply for funding for the protection of at-risk species and their habitats, specifically bog turtles and their habitat. Eligibility is limited to privately-owned land within portions of following counties: Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Orange.

A total of approximately $150,000 will be made available for projects. Eligible landowners will compete for funding, with individual grants limited to a minimum amount of $5,000 and a maximum of $50,000. The cost effectiveness of a project will have a direct impact on an application's score. All grants require a minimum of 25% in matching funds from non-federal and non-state funding sources.

The deadline for pre-application submission is June 1, 2010.

For more information and to download a pre-application form, please visit the NYS DEC Grant page at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/grants.html or contact:

Marcelo J. del Puerto
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12223-4754
E-mail: F&WLIP@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Contact by email is preferred and appreciated.

Negative Declaration

Sullivan County - The Town of Neversink Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Neversink Zoning Law Amendment / Renewable Energy Systems will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a Local Law amending Chapter 50 of the Code of the Town of Neversink to guide the construction and operation of renewable energy systems. Enactment of the law is not expected to have any direct or significant adverse environmental impacts. The proposed law prescribes substantially greater review of renewable energy facility applications than currently exists; such standards and review requirements were heretofore absent from the Town of Neversink Zoning Laws. Small solar and geothermal heat exchange systems will be allowed subject to setback requirements. Large solar and small wind energy facilities would be subject to a wide range of review requirements, including special use permit and site plan review by the Town of Neversink Planning Board. While poorly designed or implemented projects may potentially have negative environmental impacts, enactment of the law is intended to require a level of review that would preclude such projects and instead permit only those projects for which it can be adequately demonstrated that significant negative impacts to the environment would not occur or could be satisfactorily mitigated. The project is located throughout the Town of Neversink, New York.

Contact: Lisa Garigliano, Town of Neversink, 283 Main Street, P.O. Box 307, Grahamsville, NY 12740, Phone: (845) 985-2262 ext. 307, E-mail: townclerk@townofneversink.org.

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