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ENB - Region 7 Notices 9/21/2016

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lehmer's Sand & Gravel Mine Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal to expand an existing 2.49 acre sand and gravel mine to 5.0 acres, continuing westward using the existing mining methods. Previously completed Stage I Archeological Survey determines no cultural resources were found in the project area. No impacts to streams or wetlands are expected, all stormwater runoff to drain internally with no off-site discharge. Reclamation of the mine will be to stable, vegetated slopes. The project is located at 142 Bowman Road in the Town of Oxford, New York.

Contact: Joe Dlugolenski, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045, Phone: (607) 753-
3095 extension 233, E-mail:

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Broome County - 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:

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

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

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

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

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:

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