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ENB - Region 5 Notices 6/22/2011

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Essex

Applicant: Village of Saranac Lake
3 Main Street
Saranac lake, NY 12983

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Thomas E. Saehrig

APA Project Number: 2011-0074

Project Title: Saranac Lake

Location: Village of Saranac Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility Property

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: July 7, 2011

Project Description: The development of a new municipal groundwater source to transfer the existing water supply from a surface water source to a ground water source, installation of production wells, construction of a new water treatment building with pump controls, existing diesel generator upgrade, construction of a new water transmission main to connect the new water storage tank to the existing water distribution system and the new water treatment building, and various distribution system upgrades. The project involves minor permanent wetland impacts which will be mitigated by construction of a wetland mitigation project on the project site. The Village also proposes to excavate approximately 6,600 cubic yards of material from an area on the project site which will be utilized on site for the construction of the water treatment building and required site work. The area where the excavation will take place will be reclaimed and re-vegetated to mitigate temporary impacts.

Negative Declaration

Franklin County - The Town of Malone, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Malone-Dufort Airport Parallel Taxiway "B" Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the design of a bituminous asphalt partial parallel taxiway at the Malone-Dufort Airport, southeast of Runway 23, beginning at the end of Runway 5 and intersecting Runway 14. The taxiway will be 35 feet wide and approximately 3,000 feet long, and will be designed in accordance with AC 150/5300-13. Also included with the design will be any associated grading and drainage adjacent to the taxiway and Runway 5-23. Total ground disturbance resulting from this project will be approximately 22 acres resulting from new pavement installation (2.8 acres) and associated grading and drainage improvements.

This project will also include impacts to approximately 9,000 square feet (0.2 acres) of federally regulated wetland. Project activities include re-establishing the wetland outside the safety area of the proposed taxiway, and therefore no net loss of wetlands is anticipated. The wetland proposed to be impacted is a poorly draining man-made drainage swale. This linear feature drains the airfield, and therefore on-site replacement is necessary to maintain appropriate drainage of the airport. The project will be eligible for a Department of the Army Nationwide Permit #39. This Department of the Army permit authorizes up to 0.50 acres of impacts to federally regulated wetlands for institutional development and appurtenant features such as airports and their taxiways. This permit requires a pre-construction notification. Given the project involves on-site replacement, no additional mitigation measures are required.

Also included with the design are associated taxiway edge lighting and pavement markings. The entire project is located on airport property and will not require clearing and grubbing of trees or similar vegetation.

Runway 5-23 currently does not have a parallel taxiway for either runway, forcing aircraft to either back-taxi on Runway 5-23 or to taxi on Runway 14-32 in order to reach the terminal. Construction of a parallel taxiway to Runway 5-23 will eliminate back-taxiing on this runway, and will reduce this type of movement on Runway 14-32. Reducing the need to back-taxi on the active runway will increase the overall safety of the airport by preventing incursions or similar conflicts, and will increase the efficiency of airport operations.

The project is located Malone-Dufort Airport, 27 Airport Road in the Town of Malone, New York.

Contact: Howard F. Maneely, Town of Malone, Malone-Dufort Airport, 27 Airport Road, Malone, NY 12953, Phone: (518) 483-1860.

Warren County - Warren County, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Beach Road (County Route 51) Reconstruction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a full depth pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, upgrades to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, installation of landscaping and lighting, and incremental horizontal and vertical roadway alignment improvements. The project will also require the acquisition of permanent and temporary easements on private property. The project is located on Beach Road - US Route 9 to NY Route 9L in the Town and Village of Lake George, New York.

Contact: Kevin J. Hajos, 4028 Main Street, Warrensburg, NY 12885, Phone: (518) 761-6566

Warren County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Herbicide Treatment of Yellow Iris (Iris Pseudacorus) Populations in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the herbicide application to treat five small to moderate patches ranging from a few plants to 0.2 acres of Iris Pseudacorus (yellow iris), a non-native species in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. The control method selected is to apply a treatment of Aquamaster, a Glyphosate based herbicide via stem injection in accordance with the best management practices identified in the Inter-Agency Guidelines for Implementing Best Management Practices for the Control of Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park. The stem injection method is useful in minimizing injury to neighboring plants when compared to spray techniques. A marking dye will be used to identify which stems have been injected with herbicide so that stems are not injected more than once. All clothing, boots, and equipment will be cleaned prior to leaving the site to prevent the spread of seed or rhizome fragments. Appropriate precautions will be taken, including using suitable clothing and equipment, and following all instructions on the herbicide label. A biodegradable tracer dye will be used in the herbicide mix to help monitor for accidental contact or spillage of the herbicide. The project is located in the Siamese Pond Wilderness area in the Town of Johnsburg, New York.

Contact: Peter Frank, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 473-9518.

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