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ENB - Region 3 Notices 2/22/2012

Negative Declaration

Ulster County - The Town of Rochester Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a 2 lot Minor Subdivision of land as per the Town of Rochester Code. The applicants propose a subdivision of approximately 162 acres of land to separate an existing single family dwelling onto a 3.25 acre lot, with construction of new driveway access from Lucas Avenue Extension. The proposed lot is self contained with an individual well and septic system. The remaining Epworth Camp and Retreat Center property will continue to operate as an educational and retreat facility. The Rondout Creek runs through the property. The parcel contains land located in the 100 year floodplain. The parcel is contiguous to the Rest Plaus Historic District which is listed on the National Register and to Ulster County Agricultural District #3. The project is located at 8 Epworth Lane at Lucas Avenue Extension in the Town of Rochester, New York.

Contact: Michael Baden, Town of Rochester, P.O. Box 65, Accord, NY 12404, Phone: (845) 628-2434, E-mail: torpbzba@hvc.rr.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Comment Extension

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. Written comments on the Draft EIS will now be accepted by the contact person listed below until March 9, 2012. A copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available at: www.nyc.gov/dep or upon request.

The NYC DEP proposes to design, construct, and place into operation a 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 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 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.

Contact: Jennifer Farmwald, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-3287, E-mail: jfarmwald@dep.nyc.gov.

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