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ENB - Region 3 Notices 9/21/2016

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Triploid Grass Carp Stocking In Hidden Valley Lake will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Lake Dutchess Association to stock Lake Dutchess (49 acres) with United States Fish and Wildlife Service certified Triploid Grass Carp (a sterile fish) for the purpose of controlling nuisance levels of submerged aquatic vegetation. Over the last several years, aquatic vegetation (Elodea, Curly-leaf pondweed, coontail, duckweed and filamentous algae) have become over abundant, affecting the aesthetic and recreational use of the lake for boating, swimming and fishing. The Lake Dutchess Association proposes to stock up to 350 sterile Triploid Grass Carp (7-8 per acre of submerged aquatic vegetation) in the lake. The potential of Triploid Grass Carp escaping from Lake Dutchess will be very unlikely, given that the outlet flow is intermittent and will be blocked by a physical barrier specially designed to block the carp. The target water will therefore be the only water affected by the Triploid Grass Carp stocking.

NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Fisheries has reviewed the Lake Dutchess Association's stocking permit application and plans to issue a permit that will allow them to stock up to 350 Triploid Grass Carp in Lake Dutchess. An evaluation of the effectiveness of this stocking and a new assessment of the vegetation will be necessary before further Triploid Grass Carp stocking permits for this lake will be considered by NYS DEC. Please provide any comments or concerns by September 28, 2016 to the contact listed below.

The project is located in Lake Dutchess on Jansen Road in the Town of Pawling, New York.

Contact: Michael Flaherty, NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Fisheries, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3066, E-mail: Michael.Flaherty@dec.ny.gov.


Orange County - The Town of Blooming Grove, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tomahawk Lake Wellhouse Replacement will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a new precast 20 foot x 10 foot concrete building to replace the existing structure housing the pump and treatment system for the Town of Blooming Grove's Water District #3. All well controls, electrical panels, and supply equipment will be relocated to this new building and reused if in good condition. A new well pump and controller will be installed as well as a standby power system. The existing buried hydro-pneumatic tank will be abandoned and replaced with new above ground pressure tanks. Additionally, the casing of the existing well will be extended to above finished grade to provide access to the well and ensure there is no potential for water or ground water to enter through the top. The project is located on Shore Drive in the Town of Blooming Grove, New York.

Contact: Robert Fromaget, Town of Blooming Grove, 6 Horton Road, P.O. Box 358, Blooming Grove, NY 10914, Phone: (845) 496-5223, E-mail: bgtownsupervisor@gmial.com.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Water for the Future: Upstate Water Supply Resiliency Project. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until November 14, 2016. The Draft EIS is available on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/dep.

Public hearings on the Draft EIS will be held on the following dates and locations:

Village of Ellenville
Date:
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ellenville Government Center
2 Elting Court
Ellenville, NY 12428

Town of Yorktown
Date:
Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Town Board Room
363 Underhill Avenue
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Town of Newburgh
Date:
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Town of Newburgh Town Hall
1496 Route 300
Newburgh, NY 12550

SUNY-Sullivan
Date:
Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Grossinger Dining Room
112 College Road
Lock Sheldrake, NY 12759

The NYC DEP elected to construct a bypass tunnel and two associated shafts to permanently circumvent the leaking section of the Rondout-West Branch Tunnel (RWBT) at the Roseton crossing in the Town of Newburgh, and to conduct internal repairs to the section in Wawarsing; this work was previously evaluated in an Final EIS issued on May 18, 2012 and work has commenced.

Once the tunnel and shafts are completed in 2022, the RWBT would be temporarily shut down and drained to connect the bypass tunnel to the existing RWBT and to carry out internal repairs. NYC DEP estimates that the maximum shutdown duration would be approximately eight months. During this temporary shutdown of the RWBT, water from the Delaware system west of the Hudson River would be unavailable. To ensure the continued supply of clean drinking water during this time, NYC DEP has developed projects and plans comprised of three main components: (1) augmentation of available supply consisting of the repair and rehabilitation of the Catskill Aqueduct to restore capacity; (2) Water for the Future (WFF) Shutdown System Operations (WSSO), which would allow NYC DEP to rely more heavily on the Catskill and Croton water supply systems during the temporary shutdown; and (3) Inspection and Repair of the RWBT during connection of the bypass tunnel, including decommissioning the bypassed section of the RWBT once the connection is completed. These components collectively will be referred to as Upstate Water Supply Resiliency.

The project is located in Broome, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties, New York.

Contact: Sangamithra Iyer, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-3585, E-mail: WFFComments@dep.nyc.gov.


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