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ENB - Region 4 Notices 1/25/2012

Public Notice

Issuance of Final Request for Proposals (RFP) for Solid Waste Recycling Services for Columbia County

A copy of the RFP for Solid Waste Recycling Services for Columbia County can be viewed on the Columbia County Government website: www.columbiacountyny.com by following the link to the "Solid Waste Department". Those who download the FRP and wish to be placed on a list to receive information of this proposal as it is released must register with the Columbia County Solid Waste Department by sending an email to Gennifer Westover at: gennifer.westover@columbiacountyny.com. A return e-mail acknowledging this registration will be transmitted.

All proposals must be received by Thursday, February 16, 2012 no later than 3:00 p.m.

Proposal packages can be obtained by any bidder at the Columbia County Department of Central Services, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY.

Contact: Jolene D. Race, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534, Phone: (518) 828-2737, Fax: (518) 828-2524, Email: jolene.race@columbiacountyny.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Rensselaer County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Grafton Lakes State Park. Agencies and the public are afforded the opportunity to consider the Final EIS; this consideration period ends on February 8, 2012. Comments may be e-mailed to: Grafton.Plan@parks.ny.gov. A hard copy of the Final Master Plan/FEIS is available at the following locations: the Grafton Lake Park Office; at the offices of the agency contacts; and 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/Final 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 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, 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 Final Plan/Final 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 Final Plan/Final EIS also includes a chapter summarizing public comments on the Draft Plan/DEIS and the NYS OPRHP's responses to comments. Based on public comments on the Draft Master Plan/Draft EIS, the proposed camping area has been relocated to an area north of the existing day use facilities and Long Pond. It is expected that this new proposed location will reduce potential impacts on local residents and ecological communities.

The project 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 NYS OPRHP - Resource Management, Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409.

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