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ENB - Region 9 Notices 6/6/2012

Negative Declaration

Niagara County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tightrope Skywalk crossing the Horseshoe Falls from Goat Island, USA to Table Rock, Ontario, Canada will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. In accordance with Chapter 572 of the Laws of 2011 requiring the NYS OPRHP to allow Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara River Gorge on a high wire, a permit for a special event is being reviewed by the NYS OPRHP. Wallenda, of Wallenda Inc. proposes to erect and cross a Tightrope from Terrapin Point in Niagara Falls State Park to Table Rock in Canada, in June 2012. This Skywalk will traverse the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara Gorge for a total of approximately 1,800 feet. Heavy cranes will be set up on each side of the river, anchored by four six-inch diameter micropiles from the surface of the lawn to bedrock to support the two-inch cable crossing the gorge. The cranes and cable will be erected on a Tuesday evening and removed after the Friday evening event on Saturday. Two additional cables are proposed to be installed alongside the initial cable to handle television filming for live coverage of the event. In addition to the tightrope, an event area will be designated through the use of fencing. Inside the event area there will be room for approximately 4,000 patrons. The event area will have 2-3 tents, food and merchandise sales. The restricted area will also have room for television trucks and crews on the night of the event. The actual tightrope walk, which will be filmed for live television will last approximately 30 minutes, with the live television show lasting 2 hours. Upon project completion the site will be restored to mowed grass and pavement (as it exists today). The project is located on Terrapin Point, on Goat Island within Niagara Falls State Park, City of Niagara Falls, New York.

Contact: Christopher Pushkarsh, NYS OPRHP, 625, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0440, E-mail: Christopher.Pushkarsh@parks.ny.gov.

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