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ENB - Region 9 Notices 6/22/2016

Negative Declaration

Erie County - Erie County, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Buffalo River Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is funding an aquatic habitat restoration project in the Buffalo River in Erie County, New York. In accordance with the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (US ACOE)-Buffalo District, working under the direction of US EPA, has designed a project to address aquatic habitat degradation at three sites within the Buffalo River. This project has been identified as a priority action for delisting the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC).

The three proposed aquatic habitat restoration sites are located within the Buffalo River in the City of Buffalo, New York. The Ellicott site is located at river mile (RM) 1.2, the Savarino site is located at RM 1.5, and the Irish Propane site is located at RM 2.1. All of the sites are located on the right descending bank (RDB) of the river and consist of the shallow water areas between the streambank and the edge of the federal navigation channel.

The primary restoration measure at each site will consist of planting native emergent and submerged vegetation at target elevations in the Buffalo River. In addition, structural aquatic habitat will be enhanced through the placement of coarse woody debris, root wads, and locked logs. The completed project would improve aquatic and nearshore habitat by restoring native plant communities and by introducing aquatic structural habitat. These combined measure would contribute to delisting efforts of Buffalo River AOC Beneficial Use Impairments.

Contact: Vicki Haas, Erie County, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, Phone: (716-858-4613, E-mail:

Niagara County - The Town of Lockport Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law Adding Solar Energy Systems Article to the Code will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of new zoning regulations governing the installation of solar energy systems. The project is located throughout the Town of Lockport, New York.

Contact: Michael J. Norris, Town of Lockport, 6560 Dysinger Road, Lockport, NY 14094, Phone: (716) 439-9520.

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