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ENB - Region 6 Notices 5/18/2016

Public Notice

Extension of Public Comment Period

Draft Amendment to the East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP)

The purpose of this Draft RMP amendment is to add additional public access to the unit. A proposed 20 mile foot/ski trail would cross the East Branch of Fish Creek Easement Properties, Detached Forest Preserve Lots and East Branch of Fish Creek State Forest lands. The trail will eventually traverse the Unit from the Osceola Road parking area to the Mad River Headwaters Compartment. Trail construction may require removal of approximately 15-20 trees, brushing and pruning work and construction of six small footbridges. The East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement is located in the Towns of Lewis, Montague, Osceola and West Turin, New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has decided to extend the public comment period for an additional two weeks. Written comments are welcome and will be accepted by mail or e-mail, by the contact person until June 3, 2016. The Draft RMP Amendment is posted on the NYS DEC website at:

Contact: Michael Giocondo, NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521, E-mail:

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Herkimer

Applicant: Big Moose Fish and Game Club

Contact for this Project: Robert McCoy
P.O. Box 104
Eagle Bay, NY 13331

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Ariel Lynch

APA Project Number: P2015-0051

Project Title: Big Moose Fish and Game Club

Location: Big Moose Road (County Route 1) in the Town of Webb, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: June 2, 2016

Project Description: The project involves the construction of a one story clubhouse (1,200 square foot in footprint), pole barn (2,800 square foot in footprint), and shooting range (30 foot x 400 foot) for use by members of the Big Moose Fish and Game Club. There will be no on-site water supply or in-ground wastewater treatment system on the project site. The Club has developed a document with Range Rules and Protocols and an Environmental Stewardship Plan, for management and stewardship of the shooting range. The shooting range will be limited to pistols, rifles, and shotgun slugs (i.e., no buckshot or birdshot). Proposed shooting range hours are sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.

County: St. Lawrence

Applicant: Paul and Mary Mitchell

Contact for this Project: Ben Sporn
Northwoods Engineering
348 Lake Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Suzanne McSherry

APA Project Number: 2016-0090

Project Title: Paul and Mary Mitchell

Location: NYS Route 3, in the Town of Piercefield, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: May 26, 2016

Project Description: The action involves a proposed 3 acre commercial sand extraction on a 209-acre parcel of land currently subject to commercial sand extraction authorized by the Adirondack Park Agency permit 92-90R5. The 3 acre pit is located approximately 1,000 feet northeasterly of the life-of-mine limits of the existing pit.

Negative Declaration

Oneida County - The City of Rome, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fish Creek Raw Water Tunnel Rehabilitation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the rehabilitation of the Fish Creek Raw Water Tunnel in order to maintain the water supply for the City of Rome. This work involves 4 components:

  1. Bypass pumping of raw (drinking) water from the existing Kessinger Dam Gatehouse via two (2) parallel 18-inch high density polyethylene (HDPE) surface mounted pipes running from the gatehouse, to Fish Creek Dam Road and south along the eastern side of Boyd Road to an existing junction chamber in order to maintain drinking water supply to the water filtration plant.
  2. Lining the tunnel with 6 inches of steel fiber-reinforced shotcrete in addition to localized rock bolting in the roof of the tunnel.
  3. Resurfacing of Kessinger Dam with a structural overlay of reinforced concrete applied to the upstream and downstream surface of the spillway as well as the left and right non-overflow sections of the dam. There will be no change to the existing profile and/or height of the dam. The dam site will be dewatered through the use of a temporary cofferdam across Fish Creek upstream of the dam and a flow bypass system which will maintain flow downstream of the dam to support aquatic species. The cofferdam will be removed immediately upon the completion of the resurfacing of the dam and approximately 1,430 cubic yards of the stone used to build the cofferdam will be placed along the north and south banks of Fish Creek for stabilization.
  4. Construct a new, permanent 15 foot wide by 48 foot long low-sloped, cast-in-place concrete ramp located within the footprint of an existing ramp. A 3 foot concrete retaining wall will be constructed along the reservoir face of the ramp to prevent continued deterioration and provide additional stability.

The project is located on Fish Creek Dam Road off French Town Road in Annsville, New York.

Contact: Fred Schmidt, City of Rome, 198 North Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440, Phone: (315) 339-7625, E-mail:

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