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ENB - Region 2 Notices 04/07/2010

Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Springfield Gardens Sewer Project Phase D will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a new storm sewer system in a portion of Springfield Gardens with natural drainage structures in Springfield and Idlewild Parks. In conjunction with NYC DEP's action, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) would construct and reconstruct roadway along Springfield Boulevard and in local streets with the sewer construction.The storm sewers and natural drainage system is similar in scope to the NYC DEP Bluebelt program on Staten Island, which preserves wetland areas to perform their natural functions of conveying, storing and filtering stormwater. As part of NYC DEP's initiative to treat and convey stormwater through natural systems where possible, the proposed action would direct stormwater through a system of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and open water in Springfield and Idlewild Parks before discharging in Jamaica Bay. The project is located from the south side of South Conduit Avenue, south to 149th Avenue, west to Springfield in Springfield Gardens, including Springfield Park and Idlewild Park, Queens, New York .

Contact: Stacy Radine, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 594-4316, E-mail: sradine@dep.nyc.gov.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Richmond County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Mid-Island Bluebelt Drainage Plan 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 May 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sea View Hospital, Lou Caravone Community Services Building, 460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, New York. The Draft Scope of Work to prepare the Draft EIS will be available starting April 12, 2010 at the Great Kills, Huguenot Park, and Richmondtown branches of the New York Public Library and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/home/home.shtml. The action involves the amended drainage plans for three watersheds on the South Shore of Staten Island to provide a comprehensive stormwater management plan which includes Best Management Practices (BMPs). This proposal covers the Oakwood Beach, New Creek, and South Beach watersheds in the Mid-Island area of Staten Island. The area is bounded on the west by Great Kills Park and on the east by the Staten Island Expressway. The northern boundary runs along central Staten Island and the southern boundary is Raritan Bay. Each of these watersheds has surface water features, such as streams, ponds, and other wetlands that are proposed for use under the amended drainage plans with the objective of not only protecting, but enhancing these resources through the preservation and improvement of existing streams and wetlands. Thus, the plan includes specially designed BMPs to provide improved stormwater conveyance, control of stormwater volumes and velocity, and pollutant removal with the overall objective of minimizing the impacts of urban stormwater discharges. The BMPs are proposed on publicly-owned land including NYC DEP Bluebelt property, City parkland and State-owned property. In addition to reducing pollutant loadings, another objective of these amended drainage plans is to reduce flooding impacts. In addition to the BMPs, the proposed project includes three new outfalls to Raritan Bay that would convey runoff to the bay. Most of the area within the three watersheds is already provided with sanitary sewer service. However, the proposed action will identify additional segments of sewers necessary to complete the sanitary collection system in each watershed. If approved, the proposed action would commence in fiscal year 2013 and would continue through 2033. The project is located between Great Kills Park on the west and Narrows Road on the east in Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Stacy Radine, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone (718) 594-4316, E-mail: sradine@dep.nyc.gov.

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