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ENB - Region 6 Notices 2/9/2011

Public Notice

General Permit for Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Restoration Projects Permit No. GP-6-11-001 for Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands and Section 401-Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to adopt a General Permit (GP-6-11-001) to allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to conduct Wetland Restoration Projects (WRPs) in state regulated wetlands in St Lawrence County, NY. This permit authorizes activities necessary to restore and improve degraded wetlands, such as digging potholes, building dikes and installing water control devices.

This project is an Unlisted Action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed. No SEQR lead agency was designated. The projects may be located in a Coastal Management area and subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act. It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29. Proposed projects located in archaeologically sensitive areas will be required to obtain clearance from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation before coverage under this General Permit can be granted. Projects will be evaluated for impacts to Threatened and Endangered species and individual permits required when necessary.

Copies of the NYS DEC draft permit are available for review during normal business hours at the Region 6 Offices of the NYS DEC:

NYS DEC - Region 6
Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601

NYS DEC - Region 6 Potsdam Sub-Office
6739 US Highway 11
Potsdam, NY 13676

And the following county offices:

St Lawrence County Court House
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2276

Written comments on the draft general permit must be submitted (fax, e-mail or letter) to the contact listed below by February 24, 2011 or 15 days from the date of this notice, whichever is later.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 5th Floor Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, E-mail: jjhart@gw.dec.state.ny.us, Fax: (315) 785-2242.


Notice of Extension of Comment Period

Applicant:

St Lawrence Windpower LLC
165 Jordan Rd
Troy, NY 12180

Facility:

St Lawrence Windpower LLC
Northeast-Pleasant Valley Road / Southeast- NYS Route 12E / Southwest-Sand Bay Road / Northwest-Mason Road
Cape Vincent, NY

Application ID:

6-2228-00587/00002

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 11 Endangered/Threatened Species (Incidental Take)
Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Jefferson County

Project Description:

Construction of a wind-powered electrical generation facility consisting of 51 wind turbines and supporting infrastructure on approximately 60 acres within an approximate 7,600 acre project development area in the Towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme, Jefferson County. Construction activities will result in a total of approximately 0.32 acres of permanent fill impacts, and 1.95 acres of temporary impacts, to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) jurisdictional wetlands. Approximately eleven overhead power poles will be placed in the adjacent areas of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Wetlands CV-1 and U-4, within an existing former railroad bed, as part of the transmission line to the Lyme substation. Project construction activities will also result in 50 linear feet of permanent impacts to USACE-jurisdictional streams. To mitigate permanent impacts to wetlands, adjacent areas and streams that result from project construction, wetlands will be created at a mitigation site at a 3:1 replacement ratio. The applicant is seeking an endangered and threatened species, Incidental Take Permit for the construction and operation the project. Species potentially impacted by direct or indirect take include Short-eared Owl, Upland Sandpiper, Henslow's Sparrow, Northern Harrier, and Indiana Bat. A permit allowing for annual direct take of one each of the four bird species is being sought by the applicant. Additionally, the applicant is proposing to mitigate permanent loss of 40.86 acres of habitat through managed conservation easements on 252 acres adjacent to the project. The applicant commits to a three year post construction monitoring study to determine direct impacts to birds and bats, displacement studies to determine effects of operation on grassland birds, and an adaptive management process to alter operations if impacts exceed permit thresholds. A copy of the complete application is available for public review during normal business hours at the following locations: Cape Vincent Public Library, 157 North Real Street, Cape Vincent, New York; Lyme Free Library, 12165 Route 12E, Chaumont, New York, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, New York, Attention: Ken Kogut. Application materials can also be viewed on the applicant's website at: http://www.stlawrencewind.com.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and NYS DEC draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: Cape Vincent Town Planning Board

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have an impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. NYS DEC must consult further with NYS OPRHP before making a final decision regarding the issuance of the permit.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

NYS DEC is extending the timeframe for public comments on this application. Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Feb 24, 2011.

Contact:

Stephen M Tomasik
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The Town of Champion Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Meadowbrook Terrace Assisted Living Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a 48,448 square foot, 60 bed assisted living facility on an approximately 8.7 acre vacant lot. The project is located on Cole Road in the Town of Champion, New York.

Contact: Peter J. LaBarge, Town of Champion, 10 North Broad Street, Carthage, NY 13619, Phone: (315) 493-3240, E-mail: chris@racog.org.


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