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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/17/2013

Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Finalizes Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document For Installing Catwalks and Docks

The NYS DEC finalized a guidance document that will aid in the interpretation of terms and conditions contained within the Tidal Wetland Land Use Regulations for the installation of catwalks and docks.

This guidance document is intended to help NYS DEC staff review permit applications for catwalks and docks with the intention of maintaining the quality of tidal wetlands so that they will continue to serve as cleansing and protective ecosystems.

The development of this guidance document is in response to the many challenges involved in managing a program and balancing environmental concerns with developmental pressures. This guidance document is intended to aid both NYS DEC staff and the regulated public by producing a clearer, more easily understood and streamlined permit process for installing catwalks and docks in marine waters.

NYS DEC staff typically issues approximately 1,900 tidal wetland permits a year in Nassau and Suffolk counties alone with docks and catwalks being one of the largest permit items requested. In the early 1970s, New York State began to recognize the importance of tidal wetland areas and sought to insure their protection from filling and dredging, human activities that had drastically reduced the amount of tidal wetlands in New York by passing the Tidal Wetland Act in 1973. The regulations within 6NYCRR Part 661 of the Tidal Wetland Land Use Regulations apply anywhere tidal flooding occurs on a daily, monthly or intermittent basis and to upland development in areas adjacent to tidal wetlands.

Tidal wetlands line much of the salt water shore, bays, inlets, canals and estuaries of Long Island, New York City and Westchester County. They also line the Hudson River in Westchester and Rockland counties upstream to the salt line.

In 1974 DEC collected a set of aerial infrared photographs of all the tidal wetlands on Long Island and along the lower Hudson River. Using these photographs, DEC established the New York State Official Tidal Wetlands Inventory, a set of maps delineating and classifying all the tidal wetlands in New York. These maps are used by DEC and other municipal agencies to control and manage the development, filling and dredging of areas in and around New York's tidal wetlands.

The current Part 661 Regulations are available for review on the NYS DEC Public website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regs/2485.html.

NYS DEC has posted this final dock/catwalk guidance along with all other guidance documents related to the tidal wetland program on the Tidal Wetland webpage: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4940.html.

This dock guidance provides guidelines for evaluating the compatibility of a project with onsite conditions and to facilitate consistency with permit issuance standards. It provides users with guidelines on issues such as:

  • avoidance of impact to valuable habitats;
  • appropriate water depths and methods for determining them;
  • structure use; and limiting short-term construction impacts.

Contact: Dawn McReynolds, NYS DEC - Region 1 Marine Resources Headquarters, 205 North Belle Meade Road, Suite 1, East Setauket , NY 11733, Phone: (631) 444-0452, E-mail: dxmcreyn@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 29-37 Beekman Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a Variance (§72-21) to increase the maximum permitted floor area to facilitate the construction of a new 34 story, 760 bed dormitory for Pace University in a C6-4 district in the Special Lower Manhattan District. The project is located at 9-37 Beekman Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Ronald L Rizzotti, NYC BSA, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006, Phone: (212) 788-8781, E-mail: rrizzotti@bsa.nyc.gov.

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