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ENB - Region 4 Notices 11/9/2011

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Town of Colonie Zoning Board of Appeals, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Daigle Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the minor subdivision and construction of a single family residence adjacent to the Goodrich School Historic District. The project is located at 410 Watervliet-Shaker Road in the Town of Colonie, New York.

Contact: Rebekah Nellis Kennedy, Town of Colonie, 534 Loudon Road, Newtonville, NY 12128, Phone: (518) 783-2704, E-mail: kennedyRN@colonie.org.

Greene County - The Village of Hunter, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Phase II Water Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of a surface water intake and raw water pump station on Dolans Lake (including the dredging of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of material), connection of existing Wells No. 1 and 3 to expanded raw water transmission main system and the installation of additional filtration train at the existing water treatment facility. The project is located at 7955 Main Street in the Village of Hunter, New York.

Contact: Michael Budris, Delaware Engineering P.C., 28 Madison Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203, Phone: (518) 452-1290.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Rensselaer County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Grafton Lakes State Park. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on November 29, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wager Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until December 16, 2011. A hard copy of the Draft Master Plan/Draft EIS is available at the: Grafton Lakes State Park Office; at the offices of the agency contacts listed below; at the Grafton Community Library, 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton, NY and the Troy Public Library, 100 2nd Street, Troy, NY. The online version of the Master Plan/Draft EIS is available at the following publicly accessible web site: http://www.nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/master-plans.aspx.

The action involves the adoption and implementation of a Master Plan for Grafton Lakes State Park. The draft plan includes proposals for resource protection and for recreational use including continued rehabilitation and maintenance of the park's existing facilities. New buildings and facilities proposed include a new nature center and amphitheater, the introduction of camping on the north side of Long Pond Road, new 4 season cabins near White Lily Pond, replacement of rental tents with permanent pavilions and the addition of a new pavilion in the Deerfield picnic area, new playgrounds in the Rabbit Run picnic area and the camping area, new basketball courts in the 2 picnic areas, a new park office/camper registration building near the existing park contact station, some improvements and expansion to existing maintenance buildings, and improvements to the park trails system including construction of about 4.5 miles of new trails. Natural resource protection recommendations include designation of the park as an Invasive Species Prevention Zone where actions will be taken to eradicate existing invasive species and prevent introduction of new invasives. The plan also recommends designation of the entire park as a New York State Bird Conservation Area and the portion of the park south of Route 2 as a Park Preservation Area. The Draft Plan/Draft EIS describes potential environmental impacts and mitigation of those that may be adverse. Areas that have been evaluated with respect to impacts include: land, water, air, biological resources/ecology, historic and archeological resources, scenic resources, recreation, traffic/access, public health and safety, and energy, noise and odor. The project is located at the Grafton Lakes State Park is located at 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, in the Town of Grafton, New York.

Contact: Alane Ball Chinian, NYS OPRHP - Saratoga-Capital District Region, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY, Phone: (518) 584-2000 or Thomas. B. Lyons, NYS OPRHP - Resource Management, Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409.

Comments may be e-mailed to: Grafton.Plan@parks.ny.gov.

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