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ENB Region 6 Completed Applications 05/20/2015

St Lawrence County


Michael K Ward


Ward Excavating Gravel Pit
30 Russell Tpke Rd
Potsdam, NY 13676

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 23 Title 27 Mined Land Reclamation

Project is Located:

St Lawrence County

Project Description:

The applicant proposes to develop and operate a 29 acre surface sand and gravel mine within a 77 acre parcel south of Potsdam. The project site is Michael K. Ward and Ralph Randall's property, located south off of County Route 24 (Russell Turnpike), west of the intersection with Benson Road, approximately 6 miles south of the Village of Potsdam in the Town of Parishville. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Adams sand, which is the predominated soil type on the site. Mining is proposed for above the local water table. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for sand and gravel mining operations, and for removal of material above the local water table. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 4,000,000 tons-per-year of aggregate sand and gravel over the estimated 50 year operational life of the mine. Material will be stockpiled as unprocessed "run-of-bank", or processed with portable screens and crushers. Maximum processing rates for the screen and crushing operations will not exceed 150 tons-per-hour (TPH). Final reclamation will restore the site to a +/-29 acre uniformly graded and re-vegetated open land. The reviewed life-of-mine area is 29.0 (LOM) acres.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 19, 2015.


Thomas G Voss
NYSDEC Region 6 Headquarters
State Office Building - 317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601

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