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ENB - Region 6 Notices 11/25/2015

Public Notice

Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) issued the General Permit: Management of Aquatic Invasive Species Using Benthic Barriers and Hand Harvesting Techniques (General Permit Number 2015G-2) on November 13, 2015. Copies of pertinent documents may be found on the APA's website at: The APA, as SEQR lead agency, determined that General Permit 2015G-2 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The new general permit authorizes qualified individuals and entities, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD), Lake George Park Commission (LGPC), local municipalities, qualified lake associations, and certified lake managers, to undertake management of aquatic invasive species using benthic barriers or hand harvesting only. General Permit 2015G-2 applies throughout the Adirondack Park and will remain effective unless revoked or modified by the APA.

Eligibility: The general permit will only apply where:

  • The sole basis of APA jurisdiction on the project site is a "regulated activity" incidental to the management of identified aquatic invasive species in wetlands;
  • Only benthic barriers and hand-harvesting techniques are used;
  • Additional detailed engineering or environmental studies are not required; and
  • The regulated activity is undertaken by the NYS DEC, APIPP, HRBRRD, LGPC, local municipalities, qualified lake associations, certified lake managers, or other qualified individuals and entities.

Contact: Richard E. Weber, III, APA, PO Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone (518) 891-4050, Fax: (518) 891-3938.

Negative Declaration

Oneida County - The Town Board of the Town of Boonville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment to the Existing Zoning Ordinance will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a Local Law that would amend the existing Town of Boonville Zoning Ordinance to add restrictive provisions and rules and regulations governing the construction and/or development of solar collectors and installations within the Town of Boonville. The project is located throughout the Town of Boonville, New York.

Contact: John Gaylord, Town of Boonville, 13149 State Route 12, Boonville, NY 13309, Phone: (315) 943-2069.

St. Lawrence County - The Village of Potsdam Village Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water Pollution Control Facility and Collection System Improvement Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves improvements and upgrades to the Village of Potsdam Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), pump stations, and collection system. This project will generally include various upgrades to the existing WPCF (a new headworks building, new influent pumps, upgrade of mechanical aeration to fine bubble diffused aeration, replacement of sludge pumps, upgrade of the UV system, renovation of the anaerobic digester complex, installation of a belt filter press, new SCADA and instrumentation, new generator, renovations of the five plant buildings, and other related plant improvements), various upgrades to the existing pump stations (new SCADA monitoring panels, new emergency backup generators, etc.), and various improvements to the existing collection system (manhole repair/ rehabilitation, pipe repair/ rehabilitation, etc.). The project is located in the Village of Potsdam, New York.

Contact: Steve Yaurgartis, Village of Potsdam, 2 Park Street, Potsdam, NY 13676, Phone: (315) 265-0341, E-mail:

St. Lawrence County - The Town of Clifton Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clifton-Fine Regional Water System Project Phase 2: Newton Falls Interconnection will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves improvements to the Newton Falls water system that are needed because the system has been severely impacted by the abandonment of the Newton Falls Paper Mill. The current water system is oversized and therefore is experiencing high levels of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) which are a public health concern. The proposed action for this project would result in one of the three following alternatives to be completed: Alternative 1: Connect the Star Lake water System to the Newton Falls Water System with a water main approximately 20,000 feet long. Decommission the existing Newton Falls Water Treatment Plant and Water Tank; Alternative 2: Locate a new groundwater source in Newton Falls and construct a pump house that will draw and chlorinate the groundwater; Alternative 3: Upgrade the existing Newton Falls Water treatment plant, which would include DBP treatment and in-kind replacement of various items. The project is located in the Town of Clifton and the Town of Fine, New York.

Contact: Charles Hoover, Town of Clifton, 7171 State Highway #3, P.O. Box 684, Cranberry Lake, NY 12927, Phone: (315) 848-2915, E-mail:

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