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ENB - Region 3 Notices 12/21/2011

Negative Declaration

Putnam County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Triploid Grass Carp Liberation Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the release of Triploid Grass Carp to control the presence of aquatic nuisance vegetation within Kirk Lake, a 124 acre freshwater lake. In addition, to prevent downstream emigration of any of the stocked Triploid Grass Carp, an emigration control device (fish screen) will be installed in the rock-lined channel downstream of the Kirk Lake Dam. The project is located in Kirk Lake in the Town of Carmel, New York.

Contact: Daniel Whitehead, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone Number: (845) 256-3801, E-mail: dep.r3@dec.ny.gov.

Westchester County - The Village of Rye Brook Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment of the Rye Brook Zoning Law to add Section 250-26.1, Section 219-27.1, and Section 209-3 F will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment of the Rye Brook Zoning Law to: (a) create a new zoning district, the Fair and Affordable Housing (FAH) District, which is a floating zone applicable by petition to the Village Board of Trustees to commercial and residential zoning districts throughout the Village; and (b) require an affordable housing component for subdivisions and site plans of a certain size in residential districts. The project is located throughout the Village of Rye Brook, New York.

Contact: Christopher Bradbury, Village of Rye Brook, 938 King Street, Rye Brook, NY 10573, Phone: (914) 939-1121, E-mail: cbradbury@ryebrook.org.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Water For The Future Program: Delaware Aqueduct Rondout-West Branch Tunnel Repair. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Monday, January 23, 2012 in the Town of Newburgh, NY at the Town of Newburgh Town Hall, 1496 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Public hearings will also be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in the Town of Wappinger, NY at Wappingers Junior High School, 30 Major McDonald Way, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m, and on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in the Town of Wawarsing, NY at the Wawarsing Town Hall, 108 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY 12428 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Snow dates would be held at the same location and time on the following dates: Monday, January 30, 2012 in the Town of Newburgh; Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in the Town of Wappinger; and Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in the Town of Wawarsing.

The purpose of these meetings is to take comments from the public on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public comment period will close on February 17, 2012 and a Final Environmental Impact Statement, incorporating changes based on relevant comments received, will be issued in March 2012.

A copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available on the NYC DEP website at: www.nyc.gov/dep or upon request. Please submit written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the contact person listed below.

The action involves a proposal by the NYC DEP to design, construct, and place into operation a three-mile bypass tunnel in the vicinity of the Hudson River to address existing leaks in the Rondout West Branch Tunnel (RWBT) portion of the Delaware Aqueduct. In addition, NYC DEP will repair leaks in Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York.

The three-mile bypass tunnel will run east from the Town of Newburgh in Orange County, under the Hudson River to the Town of Wappinger in Dutchess County, on the east side of the Hudson. During the connection of the bypass tunnel, known leaks in Wawarsing would be repaired from within the tunnel and a full inspection of the RWBT would be conducted. A shutdown of the Delaware Aqueduct would also require NYC DEP to implement a number of additional projects to supplement its water supply sources, and to ready the water supply system for the effects of the shutdown period.

Construction of the bypass tunnel and shaft sites would begin with construction of the bypass shafts, which would start in 2013 and be complete in 2016. Construction of the bypass tunnel would begin in 2015 and be complete in 2019. When the new bypass tunnel is complete and the additional projects to support the connection phase are in place, the existing tunnel would be taken out of service and excavation would begin to connect the new bypass tunnel to the existing tunnel and repairs in Wawarsing would commence. It is anticipated that 6 to 15 months would be needed to complete the bypass connection and to undertake the inspection and repair of the RWBT.

The project is located in Dutchess County, Orange County, and Ulster County, New York.

Contact: Jennifer Farmwald, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, New York, NY 11373, E-mail: jfarmwald@dep.nyc.gov.

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