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ENB - Region 7 Notices 5/29/2013

Public Notice

Chateaugay State Forest Draft ATV Connector Trail Plan Public Meeting

A public meeting will be held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to seek comments regarding a proposal for a Public ATV Connector Trail through a portion of Chateaugay State Forest. The request comes from the Oswego County ATV Club and covers state forest lands in the Town of Orwell, Oswego County.

The proposed connector trail would be located along the southern boundary of the Chateaugay State Forest and would connect Stone Quarry Drive and Dam Road, both of which are currently open to ATV use. The connector trail would use portions of the old abandoned Stone Quarry road and a short section of an existing snowmobile trail with a total length of approximately 1 mile being on State land. The Oswego ATV Club has proposed a public ATV trail system adjacent to the Chateaugay State Forest that would be on adjacent and nearby private lands and public roads already designated for ATV use.

The project location is on and near the southern boundary of Chateaugay State Forest in the Town of Orwell, Oswego County, New York.

The meeting will be held on June 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at NYS DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar NY 13302. The public is invited to provide comment on this decision-making process by making verbal comments at the meeting or by sending written comments to Dan Sawchuck at the hatchery address listed above or by e-mail to: djsawchu@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

A map and information regarding the proposed public ATV Connector Trail can be viewed on the NYS DEC's web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90727.html.

NYS DEC will accept public comments on this draft plan until July 8, 2013. NYS DEC will carefully consider all comments received and make a final decision regarding this proposed ATV Connector Trail.

Contact: Daniel J. Sawchuck, NYS DEC - Region 7 Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, New York 13302, Phone: (315) 298-7467.


Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan Public Scoping Meeting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public scoping (open house) meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, to help draft the Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan (ELOUMP). The meeting sessions will be held at the DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar NY, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. The open house sessions will allow the public to interact with NYS DEC staff and view displays in an informal setting. There will not be a formal presentation or group question and answer period but there will be a repeating power point presentation along with other displays describing the Unit. The public is encouraged to learn more about the unit management planning process, raise questions and share comments about use and management of the unit lands. Any individual or organization interested in providing comments or receiving additional information about the development of the Management Plan can contact: Daniel Sawchuck at NYS DEC, 2133 County Rte 22, Altmar, NY 13302 or call (315) 298-7467 or e-mail: djsawchu@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to the contact person by mail or by e-mail. Public comments will be accepted until July 8, 2013.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Unit totals 6,275 acres in size and is located on the western edge of New York State's Tug Hill Region. The Unit is comprised of Altmar State Forest (about 926 acres), Chateaugay State Forest (about 3,511 acres), Sandy Creek Hill State Forest (about 538 acres), Trout Brook State Forest (about 626 acres) and Conservation Easement Lands along the Salmon River (about 244 acres).There is also a pending acquisition (about 430 acres, including a large portion of the Conservation Easement lands) from National Grid Power Company which will join the Chateaugay State Forest and the Salmon River Falls Unique Area.

The Unit Management Plan is designed to cover all environmental considerations for the Unit and forms the basis for all management activities within the Unit. A team of NYS DEC staff has been assigned and is responsible for developing the plan. The plan is being developed to address both short and long term land management opportunities, challenges and needs on the State Forests. The UMP will guide management actions for the Unit to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems. The primary recreational uses on these lands are fishing and hunting, however, the public also participates in hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and bird/wildlife watching on these lands.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Unit is located in the Oswego County Towns of Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Richland and Sandy Creek, New York. The Unit includes the Altmar, Chateaugay, Sandy Creek and Trout Brook State Forests (totaling 6,275 acres).

Contact: Daniel J. Sawchuck, NYS DEC - Region 7 Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, New York 13302, Phone: (315) 298-7467.


Negative Declaration

Onondaga County - The Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Harbor Brook CSO 063 Conveyance Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Harbor Brook CSO 063 Conveyance Project which is being conducted by Onondaga County as part of the overall Save the Rain Program - Harbor Brook CSO Abatement Project to improve the water quality in Harbor Brook and Onondaga Lake. The project will consist of a new 48 inch and 60 inch sewer to be constructed from the CSO 063 regulator vault on Emerson Avenue in the City of Syracuse to the newly constructed CSO 003 conveyance line on Hiawatha Boulevard. Flow will then be conveyed via the CSO 003 conveyance line to the Lower Harbor Brook Storage Facility. The existing CSO 063 outfall will also be relocated. The project is located within the project limits along Hiawatha Boulevard West, Erie Boulevard West and Emerson Avenue, City of Syracuse, New York.

Contact: Tom Rhoads, Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection, 650 Hiawatha Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204-1194, Phone: (315) 435-6820.


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