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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/7/2011

Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Extension of Comment Period

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Mid-Island Bluebelt Drainage Plans. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will now be accepted until December 16, 2011. The Draft GEIS is available at the following New York Public Library offices: St. George, Dongan, Great Kills, Huguenot, New Dorp, Port Richmond, Richmondtown, South Beach and Todt-Hill; Staten Island Community Board 2 and 3 offices. The Draft GEIS is also available on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/dep.

The action involves the potential impacts of three proposed amended drainage plans for the Mid-Island region of Staten Island: Oakwood Beach, New Creek and South Beach. Under the proposed action, all three drainage plans would be amended to include stormwater management features, or best management practices (BMPs), to collect and convey stormwater runoff. In total, 31 BMPs would be constructed within the watersheds on land that NYC DEP has acquired or is in the process of acquiring, or on land owned by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation or New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Overall, the three proposed amended drainage plans would address the chronic flooding of streets and properties in Mid-Island while preserving and enhancing existing wetlands under NYC DEP's Bluebelt Program. In addition, the proposed action would construct three new outfalls that would convey stormwater runoff from the three watersheds to Lower Bay. The proposed action also includes new designs for additional and upgraded sanitary sewers for wastewater conveyance to the Oakwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). If approved, the proposed action would involve multi-phase capital projects commencing in 2013 and concluding in 2043.

The project is bounded to the north by the Staten Island Greenbelt, to the south by Lower Bay, to the east by the Staten Island Expressway and to the west by the Great Kills Park on Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Erin Morey, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6443, E-mail: erinm@dep.nyc.gov.

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