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ENB - Region 5 Notices 6/22/2016

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Essex

Applicant: R.L. Vallee, Inc.
282 South Main Street
P.O. Box 192
St. Albans, VT 05478

Contact for this Project: Rodolphe M. "Skip" Vallee
R.L. Vallee, Inc
282 South Main Street
P.O. Box 192
St. Albans, VT 05478

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

APA Contact: Ariel D. Lynch

APA Project Number: P2016-46

Project Title: R.L. Vallee, Inc.

Location: State Route 86 and Ray Brook Road in the Town of North Elba, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: July 7, 2016

Project Description: The project involves the removal of an existing convenience store/gas station (1,520 square foot store plus a 720 square foot detached gas canopy) and three existing residential cabins (1,920 square foot total) and their replacement with a new convenience store/gas station (9,010 square foot with attached gas canopy plus 865 square foot detached diesel canopy), as well as expansion of the number of fuel pumps and parking spaces and installation of a new on-site wastewater treatment system.


County: Essex

Applicant: New York State Power Authority
30 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207

Contact for this Project: Lauren Magin
New York State Power Authority
30 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207

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

APA Contact: Colleen C. Parker

APA Project Number: P2016-81

Project Title: New York State Power Authority

Location: NYS Route 86 in the Town of North Elba, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: July 6, 2016

Project Description: The project involves the construction of a Biomass District Heating System to service the Ray Brook State Office complex, including the office buildings of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police, and the Adirondack Park Agency. A 660 ± square foot (16.5 ± foot x 40 ± foot) building will be constructed to house two pre-fabricated equipment trailers, which contain the biomass operating system components. The 660 ± square foot wood-sided building will include a 16.5 ± foot x 7 ± foot visitor viewing area, as the facility will serve as Biomass education/demonstration center for systems. The height of the building will measure approximately 16.5 ± foot from grade to the roof ridgeline. Adjacent to the building, a 39 ± foot tall, storage silo will be installed; the silo will be a dark shade of green to blend with existing vegetation which back-drops it. A U-shaped asphalt driveway around the new building is proposed for access, deliveries, and snow removal. Underground piping will connect the biomass system to the boiler rooms of each of the three State office buildings. The biomass site will involve approximately 7,000 square foot of land disturbance, including the new driveway and vegetative clearing around the facility. Approximately 56 trees greater than 4 inches diameter at breast height (dbh) will be removed from the site.


Negative Declaration

Clinton County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gadway Road Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant for a new 17 acre life of mine with an initial 8.0 acre effected area, sand and gravel mine on a 52.5 acre parcel of land owned by the permittee. The site contains a closed mine that was reclaimed in 1994. The estimated life of mine is 10 years. The maximum depth of the excavation would be 25, with 1V:2H slopes. All mining will remain a minimum of 5 feet above groundwater table. Use of on-site processing with portable motorized screening and crushing equipment is proposed. Mining will use a front end loader, a dump truck, an excavator, and one screening/ crushing plant. The mining operation will generate a maximum of 7 trips per hour, with an average of 4 trips per hour. The proposed hours of operation are Monday through - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The stormwater will be internally draining in the excavated areas, and a stormwater basin will be constructed to collect any excess runoff. The site will be reclaimed to native grass plantings, transitioning back to a forested area. The mine is located on the east side of Gadway Road approximately .5 miles north of Green Valley Road in the Town of Mooers, New York.

Contact: Erin M. Donhauser, NYS DEC - Region 5 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, Route 86, PO Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296, Phone: (518) 897-1234, E-mail: DEP.R5@dec.ny.gov.


Essex County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ausable Quarry Dam Removal will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a habitat restoration project that proposes the breaching and phased, five-year removal of a small, low-head run-of-river dam (Quarry Dam) on the West Branch Ausable River. The dam is located wholly on Forest Preserve in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. The dam no longer serves any purpose. While Quarry Dam stores only a small volume of water and sediment, it has other negative ecological impacts, including blocking passage of fish and other aquatic organisms, raising water temperatures and impounding natural habitats. Because of the dam's small size and relative lack of trapped sediment, its removal is not expected to significantly affect the river's hydrology, morphology, flooding, erosion, wetlands or sediment transport. Water quality is expected to be impacted, but in a positive way via slightly lower temperatures and the re-emergence of riffles and runs, which would increase dissolved oxygen levels. Fish and aquatic organism passage will be enhanced following breaching and removal. The amount of sediment accumulated behind the dam is limited. The quantity of sediments potentially released by removing the dam is estimated to be 18,198,000 kg. The bedload transport capacity for the river in the area of the dam is estimated to be 1,947,000 kg/min at the bankfull flow and 1,280,000 kg/min at the PK1_25 flow (the maximum instantaneous flow that occurs on average once in 1.25 years). This quantity of sediment represents 9 and 14 minutes of transport capacity, respectively, at those flows. Given this large transport capacity, the quantity of sediments is expected to have minimal habitat impacts downstream. These minor, temporal impacts would be further mitigated by the phased removal of the structure. In addition, the accumulated sediment is largely sand and gravel, with relatively little organic material or fines. The West Branch Ausable in this section is also classified as a "Recreational River" under 6 NYCRR §666, so breaching and removal of the dam would be consistent with this regulatory guidance. The project is located on the West Branch Ausable River in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Town of North Elba, New York.

Contact: Lance Durfey, NYS DEC - Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, PO Box 296, 1115 Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 897-1290.


Saratoga County - The Town of Saratoga Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law #6 of 2016 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a local law amending the Zoning Ordinance to change the area requirements in the Lake Commercial and the Lake Residential Zoning Districts. Included will be the amendment of Section 7 - Section 400-40 of the Town Code - Section 7 Lake Commercial District (LC) and the amendment of Section 2 - Section 400-41 of the Town Code Section 2- Section 8 Lake Residential District (LR). The project is located in the Town of Saratoga, New York.

Contact: Thomas Wood III, Town of Saratoga, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone: (518) 695-3644, E-mail: wood71098@aol.com.


Warren County - The Town of Lake George, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Comprehensive Plan Update will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an update to the Town of Lake George's Comprehensive Plan which was last updated in 2002. The plan which includes 18 recommendations or goals, which are town-wide and were found to have no environmental impact on any of the Town's areas of environmental concern. The project is located throughout the Town of Lake George, New York.

Contact: Daniel Barusch, Town of Lake George, 20 Old Post Road, Lake George, NY 12845, Phone: (518) 668-5131 extension 5, E-mail: dbarusch@lakegeorgetown.org.


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