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ENB - Region 6 Notices 9/9/2015

Negative Declaration

Herkimer County - The Town of Stark, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Stark - Van Hornesville Water System Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. In February of 2011, the Town of Stark, Herkimer County, NY completed the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) for the proposed Van Hornesville Water System Improvements Project. Since this time, the scope of the project, as it relates to the community's existing spring source, has changed. The community's existing spring source was found to contain excessively high levels of Sulfates requiring treatment of the source water. As a result of treatment costs, and treatment process waste disposal costs, the reuse of the spring source was found to be cost prohibitive to the community. Based on this conclusion, the community began exploratory efforts to locate a new groundwater source. Exploratory efforts identified a nearby groundwater source to the northwest of the existing water district.

Based on the revised project scope, the Town of Stark is updating the previously completed environmental review for the project. This additional review includes the new groundwater source well development areas, potential routings for the finished/raw water mains, and other miscellaneous infrastructure. A negative declaration for the revised scope was re-affirmed at the August 2015 Town Board Meeting.

The project is located along NYS Route 80 in the Hamlet of Van Hornesville, Town of Stark, New York.

Contact: Jason Preisner, 548 Main Street, Cobleskill. NY 12043, Phone: (518) 234-4028.

Jefferson County - The Village of Clayton, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water System Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves upgrades and modifications to the Village's existing water supply system including repairs to, and replacement of, equipment at the Low Lift Pump Station and Water Treatment Plant, maintenance activities at the 1-MG Standpipe, replacement and extensions to the water distribution system, and installation of a zebra mussel control system. The project will be funded, in part, by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The project is located in the Village of Clayton, New York.

Contact: Norma Zimmer, Village of Clayton, 425 Mary Street, P.O. Box 250, Clayton, NY 13624, Phone: (315) 777-7135, E-mail:

St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Expansion of Mining Operations by the Town of Waddington will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to develop and operate a 8.7 acre surface sand and gravel mine within a 40.8 acre parcel southeast of Chamberlain Corners. The project site is Robert Crites' property, located west side of County Route 44, approximately 1.6 miles south of the intersection of County Routes 14 and 44, in the Town of Madrid, New York. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Deford loamy fine sand and the Adams sand, which are the predominate soil types 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 tons-per-year of aggregate sand and gravel over the estimated 20 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 9 ± acre uniformly graded and re-vegetated open land. Reclamation will include the replacement of stockpiled topsoil, and re-seeding with an approved USDA SCS seed mixture. The reviewed life-of-mine expansion area is 8.7 (LOM) acres.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315)785-2246, E-mail:

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