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ENB - Region 6 Notices 12/23/2015

Public Notice

Best Management Practices for Primitive Tent Sites in the Adirondack Forest Preserve

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are accepting comments on draft guidelines for managing primitive tent sites in the Adirondack Forest Preserve (outside of Intensive Use Areas). The draft Best Management Practices (BMP) for Primitive Tent Sites in the Adirondack Forest Preserve address roadside camping at it pertains to walk-in sites, and walk-in sites with a single lane parking area. The guidance also addresses large groups at primitive tent sites, camping permits, primitive tent site size limits, primitive tent site improvements, and regulation changes. The BMPs also put forward a suggested method for determining if picnic tables are a suitable management tool at primitive tent sites, on a site specific basis.

For more information or to download the Best Management Practices for Primitive Tent Sites in the Adirondack Forest Preserve please go to the Adirondack Park Agency's website: apa.ny.gov. The public comment period will conclude on January 29, 2016. Public comments can be sent to: adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Peter Frank, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4254, Phone: (518) 473-9518, E-mail: adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.


Adirondack Forest Preserve Ski Touring Trail Development Guidelines

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are accepting comments on the draft Adirondack Forest Preserve Ski Touring Trail Development Guidelines. The document is intended to provide land managers guidance for the development of a variety of skiing opportunities in a wild forest setting. The draft ski trail guidance includes three trail classifications: Nordic Ski Trails, Backcountry Ski Trails and Skin Tracks. The guidance that follows each ski trail classification provides guidance for new trail construction.

For more information or to download the proposed Adirondack Forest Preserve Backcountry Ski Trail Development Guidelines please go to the Adirondack Park Agency's website: apa.ny.gov. The public comment period will conclude on January 29, 2016. Public comments can be sent to: adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Eric Kasza, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4254, Phone: (518) 473-9518, E-mail: adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The Town of Hounsfield, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Route 12F Sewer District Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves provisions for public sanitary sewer facilities in the proposed Route 12F Sewer District. This district formation would include collection/conveyance of wastewater flows only, as treatment will be required to occur at an existing wastewater treatment facility in the area. Residents of the Town have expressed a concern regarding the shallow depth to bedrock in the project area and the potential for groundwater contamination and/or untreated sewage entering the black river. Additionally the lack of a public sewer infrastructure constrains any growth potential in the proposed Airpark commercial park. Residents within the project area currently have private on-site septic systems or holding tanks. Soils in the area are not conducive to sub-surface waste disposals, so failure of these individual systems is a concern. Replacement and maintenance of these existing individual systems can also be a substantial financial burden on the property owner(s).

The primary objective of the improvements is to provide transmission and treatment of sanitary sewage to the proposed Route 12F Sewer District while not creating a financial burden for property owners within the proposed service area. The proposed project would include the installation of low-pressure and gravity sanitary sewer mains with associated lateral connections within the District as well as associated pumping stations.

The project is located along Route 12F in the Town of Hounsfield, New York.

Contact: Eric G. Schuler, 443 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088, Phone: (315) 457-5200, E-mail: eschuler@bartonandloguidice.com.


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