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ENB - Region 6 Notices 06/09/2010

Negative Declaration

Oneida County - The City of Watervliet, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Delta Dam Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The existing Delta Dam impounds the Lake Delta Reservoir. The reservoir is operated by New York State Canal Corporation to maintain flows in the Mohawk River for navigation and environmental considerations. The objective of this project is to generate hydroelectric power at the existing dam utilizing only the existing regimen for water releases from the Reservoir for power generation. The Project will operate based solely on water released from the impoundment as directed by New York State Canal Corporation to maintain flows in the Mohawk River. The proposed facility is subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The proposed Delta Dam Project will be located on Golf Course Road in the City of Rome, New York at the headwaters of the Mohawk River.

Contact: James Besha, Albany Engineering Corporation, 5 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205, Phone: (518) 456-7712, E-mail: jim@aibanyenglneerlng.com.


Positive Declaration

Hamilton and Herkimer Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as co-lead agencies, have determined that the proposed Moose River Plains Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) and Related State Land Reclassification Actions may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The NYS DEC as prior lead agency will rescind the Negative Declaration noticed in the March 15, 2006 Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENT) because revisions have been made to this proposed draft UMP that may result in potentially significant environmental impacts and a Positive Declaration has been issued for the above project. As co-lead agencies, APA and NYS DEC will be preparing a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GEIS) to cover an integrated series of related actions in a given geographic area as contemplated in 6 NYCRR Section 617.10(a), including NYS DEC's proposed draft UMP for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and a newly created Moose River Plains Intensive Use Camping Area; establishment of a new snowmobile community connector trail; establishment of a final boundaries for the Wild, Scenic, Recreational Rivers (WSRR) Areas; and amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan including reclassification of lands for the creation of a new Intensive Use Area along the Cedar River-Limekiln Lake Road, reclassification of 13,878 acres of Wild Forest to Wilderness for addition to the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area, and amendments to Master Plan Area Descriptions and Intensive Use Area Guidelines. The Draft GEIS will also include an impact assessment of four draft River Area Management Plans for the designated river areas within the Moose River Plains management complex including the Cedar River and Red River, the South Branch of the Moose River and the Otter Brook pursuant to the WSRR Act. No formal SEQRA scoping will be conducted; however informal scoping has already occurred and hearings on the Reclassification and Rivers Boundary actions will be announced in future notices. The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the Town of Webb and Town of Ohio in Herkimer County, New York and the Town of Arietta, Town of Inlet, Town of Long Lake, Town of Lake Pleasant and Town of Morehouse in Hamilton County, New York. The Seventh Lake boat launch is located in the Town of Inlet, New York.

Contact: Keith River, NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub-Office, 7327 NYS Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521.


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