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ENB - Region 3 Notices 4/26/2017

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Town of Rhinebeck Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed KPH2 Management, LLC / Astor Courts Phased Development Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves applications made to the Town Planning Board, including Special Use Permits, Wetlands Permits, Certificates of Removal or Demolition and Site Plan Review and Approval; and to the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, for Area Variances, as well as permits, approvals and compliance determinations from other local, County and State agencies, in the matter of five (5) phase development program of building and site improvements proposed to restore and expand the principal Astor Courts building, repurpose the existing power house, reconstruct the former boathouse to the west of the CSX Corporation right-of-way, add landscape features and recreational amenities, and construct new service buildings to support intended residential use, as located on 50.371 acre parcel fronting on a Scenic Road and being within the Town's Historic Preservation (HP-20) District and Local Waterfront Revitalization Area, the Estates District Scenic Area of Statewide Significance and the Hudson River National Historic Landmarks District. The project is located at 189 River Road in the Town of Rhinebeck, New York.

Contact: Gretchen Smith, Town of Rhinebeck, 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, Phone: (845) 876-6296, E-mail:

Rockland County - The New York State Homes and Community Renewal, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cranford Drive Drainage Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the modification and realignment of the Demarest Kill, including modification of the existing onsite drainage infrastructure and the installation of new drainage controls in order to contain future 100 year flood levels within the stream channel. These project activities will be performed in six phases to reduce the potential for erosion, beginning at the Old Route 304 bridge, and the subsequent phases will move south down the Demarest Kill and under Cranford Drive. During Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, the Demarest Kill rose above its banks and flooded roads and the residential area.

Approximately 82 trees with diameters of 8 inches or greater will be removed during the final phase of the project. As the stream stabilization and restoration work is completed, habitat improvements including approximately 674 major trees, 156 minor trees, 1,790 shrubs, and 4,010 ground-cover plants will be planted along the stream banks to replace the removed trees, shrubs, and grasses.

The project will entail approximately 18,841 cubic yards of top-soil to be stripped and stockpiled on the project site, with approximately 11,140 cubic yards of the stripped top-soil to be reused on the project site. The remaining 7,470 cubic yards of top-soil will be disposed of at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) approved locations. Excavated boulders and stones will be reused in the channels for stabilization. All work will be completed in accordance with local, state and federal permits.

The project is located on Cranford Drive in the Town of Clarkstown, New York.

Contact: Lori A. Shirley, New York State Homes and Community Renewal - Bureau of Environmental Review and Assessment, 38-40 State Street, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: (518) 474-0755, E-mail:

Westchester County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Croton River Hydrilla Control Project for 2017-2021 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by NYS DEC to treat the entire Croton River to control the highly invasive aquatic plant, Hydrilla verticillata, for five consecutive years from 2017-2021. For the 2017 season, the river, from the New Croton Dam to the Hudson River, will be treated using a metered injection method to maintain concentrations of 2.0 - 4.0 parts per billion (ppb) of Sonar Genesis (fluridone) for a duration of 60-120 days. The project will include pre- and post treatment aquatic plant and macroinvertebrate surveys, tuber monitoring, and water sample collection and analysis. The purpose of this project is to limit further establishment of the current infestation and prevent hydrilla reproduction during the growing season for the first year of a five year treatment effort. The need for the project is determined by the threat posed by hydrilla to the following: high quality submerged aquatic vegetation beds and the benefits they provide, the river ecosystem, New York City and the Village of Croton on Hudson water supply, waterfowl and raptors, recreation, and the threat to adjacent waterbodies in New York and neighboring states. Although the majority of the project is covered under the 1981 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and the 2014 Amended Findings Statement, this Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) was prepared to evaluate impacts to rare, threatened and endangered plants, emergent plants, and the drinking water supply. The project is located in the Towns of Cortlandt and Ossining, New York.

Contact: Cathy McGlynn, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-9028.

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