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ENB - Region 3 Notices 8/31/2016

Public Notice

Notice of Emergency Adoption - Second Emergency Notice

Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, sections 1-0101(3)(b), 3-0301(1)(b), 3-0301(1)(d), 3-0301(2)(m), 9-0105(1) and 9-0105(3) the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Addition of a new section 190.35 to Title 6 NYCRR Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor. To protect public health, safety, general welfare and natural resources on the Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor in the Town of Denning, Ulster County, New York.

For further information, contact:

William Rudge
NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, New York 12561-1696
Phone: (845) 256-3092
E-mail: bill.rudge@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Ulster County - The Town of New Paltz Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Open Space Institute Land Trust Inc. River to Ridge Trail Site Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The applicant seeks land use approvals from the Town of New Paltz Planning Board and other involved agencies to create a 3.16 mile long multi-use recreational trail, to be known as the "River to Ridge Trail", on a 299.2 acre parcel of land located primarily in the Town of New Paltz. A small portion of the Trail will traverse a portion of the Village of New Paltz. The Trail would begin on the north-west side of the Carmine Liberta Bridge, run north along the Wallkill River to the Village of New Paltz Boat Launch, then west across the northern edge of the "Wallkill Flats" to Butterville Road, just north of Pine Road, generally following existing farm roads and other traveled ways to avoid cultivated farmland to the maximum extent practical. As the property is in an Agricultural District and active farming operations are located on a portion of the property, the Trail has been located so that it does not affect those agricultural operations. The Trail will be 10 feet wide, with 2 foot shoulders, requiring a total disturbed area approximately 14 feet wide. It will traverse three roadways, requiring installation of crosswalks and signage. The Trail will traverse existing watercourses, regulated wetlands and drainageways, requiring the installation of drainage improvements, culverts and wetland crossings, which have been reviewed to ensure that they will not create any substantial impact on regulated wetlands or watercourses. A portion of the Trail will be located in the floodplain of the Wallkill River, requiring Town/Village floodplain permits, but the project has been designed to avoid any increase in the base flood elevation and to resist flood impacts. The applicant will implement stormwater management practices designed to control erosion and sediment impacts during construction. Excavated material from the trailbed will be used to establish trail shoulders so that cuts and fills on the site will be balanced. Other than the removal of four trees in order to install a drainage structure, the trail has been designed to avoid clearing of trees, and the proposed right of way of the Trail has been inspected to confirm that rare/endangered/ threatened species and suitable habitat are not present or will not be affected by the project. The applicant has agreed to restrict any tree clearing on the site to the period between October 31 and March 31.

The project is generally bounded by the Wallkill River to the east, Route 299 to the south, Butterville Road 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, 5 Clearwater Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 255-0102, E-mail: planzoneboard@townofnewpaltz.org.


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