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ENB - Region 3 Notices 11/2/2011

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Village of Wappingers Falls, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Stormwater Wetland Improvement will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the implementation of a gravel based wetland designed to remediate sediment inflow into Wappinger Lake through the use of a specialized constructed wetland. This wetland filtering process combines a comparatively small geographic footprint with an aeration system. Its depth allows the wetland to sustain its filtering process in all extremes of winter and summer weather.

The proposed plan is for the construction of a wetland to treat a mix of stormwater runoff coming from residential, commercial and open spaces that are currently filling the drainage swale that conveys water through the Village of Wappingers Falls and into Wappinger Lake. The plan will be in compliance with New York State Stormwater Management design guidelines. The stormwater treatment at the subject site will include a gravel wetland filter that treats the runoff from the approximately 110 acre watershed draining through it. A constant water level is maintained below the planted surface of the wetland. Stormwater is physically filtered as it passes through the stone, and biologically treated through plant uptake and soil microorganism activities. The biological treatment continues even after the storm has passed, on the volume of water that remains in the wetland. A free water surface wetland will be designed to handle all of the stormwater flows that exceed the water quality volume.

The project is viewed as a demonstration project for the additional 13 upstream communities that comprise the Wappinger's Creek Watershed. As it has been determined that the lake's water quality influences the Village of Wappingers Falls' drinking water aquifer source, which serves the region, the desire is ultimately to extend the implementation of constructed wetlands to appropriate sites in various communities upstream.

The project is located at 6 East Main Street in the Village of Wappingers Falls, New York.

Contact: Matt Alexander, Village of Wappingers Falls, 2028 South Avenue, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, Phone: (845) 297-8773 ext. 5.

Sullivan County - The Town Board of the Town of Thompson, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Melody Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application for funding through NYS Environmental Facilities Corp for improvements pursuant to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Consent Order to the Melody Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The existing WWTP is over 40 years old and requires significant improvements because baffles, weirs and airlifts have deteriorated and do not properly function due to their age. The proposal includes installing a standby generator, upgrading the aeration system and cosmetic repairs to the concrete structure. The improvements consist of upgrades to today's standards rather than total replacement since the plant dates back to the 1960's. The project is located on Hemlock Drive in Monticello, New York.

Contact: Gary Lasher, Town of Thompson, 4052 Route 42, Monticello, NY 12701, Phone: (845) 794-2500, E-mail: glasher@townofthompson.com.

Ulster County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Osterhoudt Corporation Ellenville Bank will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to operate a 41 acre sand and gravel mine and construct an entrance road (5 acres) within a 75.6 acre parcel of land. The mine will be worked using standard sand and gravel excavation methods. The sand and gravel will be loaded into trucks and hauled from the site or fed to a portable processing. Processing will include screening and washing, and as needed, crushing of oversize gravel. The immediate reclamation proposed is open grassland. Long-term use of the reclaimed site may be residential where allowed. The project is located on the northwest side of U.S. Route 209, approximately 1,300 feet northeast of its intersection with NYS Route 52 in the Village of Ellenville, New York.

Contact: Daniel Whitehead, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3801.

Westchester County - The City of Yonkers Department of Planning and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Saw Mill River Daylighting at Larkin Plaza will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the transformation of an automobile parking lot with the Saw Mill River buried underground in a pipe (Flume) into an open to the daylight surface water feature of more than 800 linear feet of open river with 13,760 square feet of new water surface area and 3,000 square feet of restored wetlands. The Flume will remain as a storm water bypass for some of the river's flow. The area will be landscaped and serve both as both an aquatic and parks resource for the downtown Yonkers area. Operation of the aquatic resource will allow fish passage up river and capture and remove 177 tons/year of trash that would otherwise flow into the Hudson River. The project is located in the Larkin Plaza which is bounded by Warburton Avenue, Dock Street, River Street and Nepperhan Street in the City of Yonkers, New York.

Contact: Lee Ellman, City of Yonkers, 87 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: (914) 377-6558, E-mail: lee.ellman@yonkersny.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Orange County - The Town of Wallkill Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Maple Fields. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on November 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 99 Tower Drive, Building A, Middletown, NY 10941. Comments are requested and will be accepted by the contact person listed below until 10 days after the close of the Public Hearing. Copies of the Draft EIS are available from the contact person listed below and on line at: www.EngineeringPropertiesPC.com.

The action involves a conservation subdivision development of 196 clustered townhome units with associated infrastructure and recreational amenities on approximately 108 acres of land. Each townhome will be constructed within its own fee simple lot, with a minimum lot area of 3,000 square feet. The remaining common area land parcel, containing the infrastructure and amenities serving the development, will be owned and maintained by a Home Owners Association (HOA).

Each townhouse will have three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a two car garage. Units will range in size from approximately 2,230 to 2,350 square feet of livable area. The livable area includes a finished basement but excludes the garage area. The townhouse units will be situated along the development's internal roadways in 35 buildings of four or six units.

The project will also include recreational facilities and amenities for the site, which include a community clubhouse. The clubhouse will be approximately 2,000 square feet in area. The clubhouse will contain a kitchenette, a fitness room, a meeting room, bathrooms, and a storage area, and it will house the pool filtration equipment. On-site recreational facilities will include an outdoor pool area which will contain a 30 foot x 50 foot pool, a children's pool, a barbecue area, and concrete deck area surrounding the pools. A fenced sports court and a children's playground will also be constructed adjacent to the clubhouse. Sidewalks will be provided throughout the development and will be inter-connected with the nearest existing off-site sidewalks located on Schutt Road.

The project is located on Schutt Road and Genung Street, just north of the intersection of Genung Street/Airport Road and Schutt Road/Dolsontown Road in the Town of Wallkill, New.

Contact: Gary Lake, c/o Mary Lynn Hunt, Town of Wallkill Town Hall, 99 Tower Drive, Building A, Middletown, NY 10941, Phone: (845) 692-7814.

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