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ENB - Region 9 Notices 6/10/2015

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Watershed Plan

This notice announces the availability of a Draft Nine Key Element Watershed Plan proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following watershed:

Genesee River Watershed: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming Counties

The Watershed Plan addresses phosphorus and sediment.

The Watershed Plan will be discussed at the 2015 Genesee River Basin Summit being held at SUNY Geneseo's Union Ballroom on June 17, 2015. More information about the Summit, including registration information, can be found at: http://geneseeriverwatch.org.

Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through close of business July 10, 2015.

Background: The United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) had identified the minimum nine elements of a watershed plan they consider necessary for a watershed plan to be successful. US EPA requires that these nine elements be addressed for watershed plans funded using incremental Clean Water Act Section 319 funds, and strongly recommends that they be included in all other watershed plans that are intended to remediate water quality impairments. Existence of state approved Nine Key Element Watershed Plans have also been listed as an eligibility requirement for some federal grant opportunities.

The Watershed Plan outlines a voluntary strategy for reducing phosphorus and sediment loads originating from the Genesee River watershed. The Watershed Plan identifies potential best management practices and prioritizes areas of the watershed for implementation. Reductions are needed to address existing water quality impacts caused by excessive phosphorus and sediment loads.

Information: Copies of the proposed Draft Watershed Plan can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/48371.html or by contacting Steve Gladding of NYS DEC's Division of Water by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, by phone at (518) 402-8207, or by email at: steven.gladding@dec.ny.gov. Comments on the Draft Watershed Plan should be sent in writing, via mail or email, to the same address. Comments received by close of business July 10, 2015 will be considered prior to submission of the Watershed Plan to the EPA for review.

Contact: Steve Gladding, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, Phone: (518) 402-8207, E-mail: steven.gladding@dec.ny.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Public Hearing

Erie County - The City of Buffalo Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Gates Circle Redevelopment. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on June 16, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. at the City of Buffalo, 901 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until July 6, 2015. The Draft GEIS is available from the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 633 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.,NY 14222; City of Buffalo, 901 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202 and on line at: www.gatescirclebuffalo.com.

The Gates Circle Redevelopment (Project) is the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital (MFG Hospital) property at 3 Gates Circle in the City of Buffalo, New York, and the City-owned parking ramp located at 1277 Delaware Avenue.

The project will include a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). The remainder of the site will be redeveloped with residential rental units, for-sale townhomes and condominiums, office space, retail space, a market, and a large health and wellness center. A new street, aligned with Lancaster Avenue, which currently ends at Delaware Avenue, will be extended eastward through the site and connect to Linwood Avenue (Lancaster Extension). A connector road will also be constructed between this new street and Lafayette Avenue (Lafayette Connector).

Contact: Nadine Marrero, City of Buffalo, 901 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202, Phone: (716) 851-5029, E-mail: nmarrero@ch.ci.buffalo.


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