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ENB - Region 3 Notices 6/1/2016

Public Notice

Availability for Comment on Proposed TMDL

This notice announces the availability of a Proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) document drafted by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to address the following waterbody:

Lake Carmel, Putnam County
Lake Carmel is impaired by phosphorus.

Public comment on this document will be accepted for 30 days, through July 1, 2016.

Background: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

The proposed phosphorus TMDL for Lake Carmel recommends the sewering of houses closest to the lake to address existing phosphorus water quality impairment. Additionally, the proposed TMDL requires that the Putnam Nursing and Rehabilitation wastewater treatment facility and the Girl Scouts Heart of Hudson wastewater treatment facility in the Lake Carmel Watershed reduce their total phosphorus effluent concentrations from 1.0 mg/l to 0.2 mg/l and 0.4 mg/l, respectively.

Information: Copies of the Proposed TMDL can be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html, or by contacting: Robert Capowski, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, or by phone at (518) 402-8112, or via e-mail at rmcapows@dec.ny.gov.

Comments on the proposed TMDL document should be sent, written or e-mailed to Robert Capowski at the above address. Comments received by close of business July 1, 2016 will be considered prior to submitting the final TMDL to the EPA for approval.

Contact: Robert Capowski, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Bureau of Water Resource Management, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany NY 12233-3508, Phone: (518) 402-8112, E-mail: rmcapows@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Town of LaGrange Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed G-Line North Transmission Line will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the rebuild of an approximately 8 mile section of Central Hudson's G-Line North Transmission Line in the Towns of LaGrange and Pleasant Valley, New York, running south to north from the Todd Hill Substation on Bushwick Road to Tower T-1494 in Pleasant Valley, approximately 50 feet from the western edge of the existing 150 foot right-of-way (ROW). The existing line is a single-circuit line with a voltage rating of 69 kV, and the upgraded line will remain a single-circuit line with a voltage rating of 69 kV. All existing poles will be replaced with new self-weathering steel poles which will be approximately 10-15 feet taller than existing poles, on average. The number of poles is being reduced by approximately 24%. In the Town of LaGrange, the Project will also include a proposed modification of the existing Todd Hill Substation to include a new 115/69kV transformer, which will be the new power supply to the G Line North, and expanding the existing substation fence line by approximately 60 feet on the northern side (rear of the substation).

Contact: Eileen Mang, Town of LaGrange, LaGrangeville, NY 12540, Phone: (845) 452-1830.


Ulster County - The Town of New Paltz Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Mohonk Preserve Subdivision and Site Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to subdivide a 856.6 acre parcel of land to create two lots: (1) a 836 acre lot (the Foothills parcel) located in the A-1.5 and the A-3 Zoning Districts of the Town of New Paltz, and in the Lake Mohonk House Complex - Mohonk Preserve Foothills Historic Landscape (NR District 73001280); and (2) a 19 acre building lot (the Hillside Lot) that would allow one single family home, with a private well and private sanitary system, in the A-1.5 Zoning District, which allows single family residences as a permitted use. The proposed Hillside Lot is not located within the Lake Mohonk House/Foothills Historic Landscape district, but abuts it. The Preserve proposes to impose a restrictive covenant on the lot that will limit disturbance, prohibit further subdivision and include restrictions intended to minimize visual impacts on the historic landscape. The subdivision will also transfer 0.6 acres of land by a lot line change to the adjoining owner (Jenkins Properties LLC) to clear an existing deed discrepancy. No new building lot will be created and no use is proposed in connection with the transfer of that land.

The applicant requests site plan approval to allow construction of improvements (off-street parking areas, trail and landscaping improvements, bathrooms, and education and recreational facilities) in two areas the Testimonial Gateway area and the Hasbrouck House of the 836 acre Foothills parcel. As noted, the site is located in the Lake Mohonk House/Foothills Historic Landscape district. Some proposed improvements would be located in proximity to the Testimonial Gateway, a locally designated historic structure, and some in proximity to regulated wetlands and watercourses. The proposed action, including mitigation measures incorporated by the applicant, was reviewed by the Town of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which advised that the project would not have any substantial negative impact on historic resources.

The project is generally bounded by Butterville Road to the east, Route 299 to the south, the Catskill Aqueduct to the west and private lands to the north in the Town of New Paltz, New York.

Contact: Michael Calimano, Town of New Paltz, Town Hall Route, Clearwater Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 255-0102, E-mail: planzoneboard@townofnewpaltz.org.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Westchester County - The Purchase College, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Purchase College Senior Learning Community may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on June 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Durst Humanities Building of Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577. The action involves the development by Purchase College Advancement Corporation of a Senior Learning Community on an approximately 40.5 acre site on the Purchase College campus, with 385 senior residential market-rate and affordable units, as well as social, dining, health, wellness and fitness facilities, including 72 beds for assisted Living and memory care, and a "learning commons" consisting of classrooms, studios, gathering spaces, and performance spaces to be shared by Purchase College students and faculty and the residents of the Community. The project is located at Brigid Flanagan Drive in Purchase, Town of Harrison, New York.

Contact: Sean Connolly, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, Phone: (914) 251-5916, E-mail: sean.connolly@purchase.edu.


Westchester County - The Town of Ossining Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed River Knoll Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on June 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Glenco Group, LLC, for the enactment of a local law by the Town Board which would amend the Zoning Law by creating the proposed Multi-Family Residence 2 (MF2) zoning district and the applying this new zoning district to the Subject Property in the Town of Ossining, as well as the granting of Site Plan, Wetlands Permit, Steep Slope Permit and Tree Removal Permit Approvals by the Planning Board, for the construction of a 188 unit multi-family development on the site of the former Stony Lodge Hospital. The project is located at 40 Croton Dam Road, in the Town of Ossining, New York.

Contact: Sandra Annelli, Town of Ossining, P.O. Box 116, 101 Route 9A, Ossining, NY 10562, Phone: (914) 762-8419, E-mail: sanelli@ossbuilding.org.


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