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ENB - Region 7 Notices 6/21/2017

Public Notice

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Addition of Section 190.37 Lower Salmon River State Forest

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

The proposed regulation will protect public safety and natural resources on the Lower Salmon River State Forest.

For further information, please contact:

Robert Messenger
NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4255
Phone: (518) 402-9428


Negative Declaration

Broome County - The New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (NYS GOSR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Smith Hill Creek Stormwater Management System Improvement will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves stormwater management improvements to Smith Hill Creek where it intersects with Norton Drive, Hillside Drive, Smith Hill Road and Wallace Road in the Town of Chenango, New York. Construction activities consists of upsizing culverts, installing check dams, catch basins, drainage piping, and trash racks along Smith Hill Creek. A new closed pipe system with an underground detention will be constructed on Wallace Road. This project will protect this vulnerable area from future flooding and devastation similar to that caused by Topical Storm Lee. The proposed project is consistent with existing zoning regulations and will maintain current land uses. The proposed project is not anticipated to have an impact on soil suitability, slope, erosion, drainage or stormwater runoff. The project will not alter the survival and quality of the wetlands. The project site is located within a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) regulated principal and primary aquifer. The project site is also within an United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) regulated Sole Source Aquifer (SSA). The project site is not within the 100 year floodplain. The proposed project will have no significant adverse impacts to state or federal-listed species.

Contact: Lori A. Shirley, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, 38-40 State Street, Hampton Plaza, Albany, 12207, Phone: (518) 474-0755, E-mail: lori.shirley@nyshcr.org.


Cayuga County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sampson State Park Campground Bathhouse Renovation, Pathways and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Campsites will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the complete renovation and small expansion of 2 existing bathhouses, the establishment of twelve accessible campsites and connector pathways to facilities within Loops 2 and 4 of the campground at Sampson State Park involving physical disturbance of approximately 8 acres. The project will significantly improve access to campground amenities while also providing camping opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Renovation of the existing comfort stations will include updated plumbing and electrical fixtures that meet or exceed New York State Energy Code. Accessible campsites will include ADA compliant fire rings, picnic tables, and camping pads. All access improvements and connector pathways will utilize universal design guidelines. The project is located at the Sampson State Park, 6096 Route 96A in Romulus, New York.

Contact: Jeffrey McDonald, NYS OPRHP, 2221 Taughannock Park Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886, Phone: (607) 387-7041, E-mail: Jeffrey.mcdonald@parks.ny.gov.


Cortland County - The Town of Homer, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Zoning Local Law will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a Local Law to amend Solar Energy System Zoning. The project is located throughout the Town of Homer, New York.

Contact: Anita Jebbet, Town of Homer, 31 North Main Street, Homer, NY 13077, Phone: (607) 749-4581, E-mail: townofhomer@yahoo.com.


Cortland County - The Town of Virgil, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Zoning Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of an amendment to the Solar Zoning. The project is located throughout the Town of Virgil, New York.

Contact: Alane VenDonsel, Town of Virgil,1176 Church Street, Cortland, NY 13045, Phone: (607) 835-6174, E-mail: virgilhall@frontier.net.


Madison County - The Town of Cazenovia Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law to Amend Chapter 165 (Zoning) of the Town Code in Furtherance of Support for Agriculture, Farm Operations and Farmland Protection in the Town of Cazenovia will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the enactment of a Local Law to amend the Town of Cazenovia Zoning Law (Chapter 165 of the Town of Cazenovia Town Code) to implement recommendations identified in the 2013 Town of Cazenovia Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and Zoning Audit (Plan) and from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The project is located throughout the Town of Cazenovia, New York.

Contact: William Zupan, Town of Cazenovia, Town of Cazenovia Town Hall, 7 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035, Phone: (315) 655-9213, E-mail: billzupan@twcny.rr.com.


Madison County - The Town of Cazenovia Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Cazenovia Route 20 Water District Pursuant to Article 12-A of the Town Law (Town of Cazenovia/Town of Nelson Route 20 Joint Water District Improvements) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves proposed improvements for the Town of Cazenovia/Town of Nelson Route 20 Joint Water District. The Town of Cazenovia/Town of Nelson Route 20 Water District will include all of the 51 properties along Route 20 from Stone Quarry Road to 1,500 feet east of Nelson Heights Road. The project is located throughout the Town of Cazenovia, New York.

Contact: William Zupan, Town of Cazenovia, Town of Cazenovia Town Hall, 7 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035, Phone: (315) 655-9213, E-mail: billzupan@twcny.rr.com.


Onondaga County - The Town of Onondaga Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law to Amend Chapter 285 (Zoning) of the Code of the Town of Onondaga to Add a New Section Regulating Solar Power and Energy Systems in the Town will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the addition of a new Section 285-36.1 to be titled "Solar Energy Systems" to the Zoning Code of the Town of Onondaga to permit and regulate the construction of solar energy systems in the Town of Onondaga in a manner that preserves the health, safety and welfare of the Town while also facilitating the production of renewable energy. The project is located throughout the Town of Onondaga, New York.

Contact: Kevin M. Gilligan, Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC, 500 Plum Street, Suite 300, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 422-1152, E-mail: kmg@ccf-law.com.


Tompkins County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Strategic Invasive Species Management at Taughannock Falls State Park will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the management of Pale Swallowwort and Japanese Knotweed at Taughannock Falls State Park. The 816 acre Taughannock Falls State Park is currently invaded by a large number of non-native plant species, many of which pose a threat to native species, threatened plant species, and sensitive ecological communities. Management will focus on specific conservation targets, and will begin with removal of invasive species from within Taughannock gorge, as this is the most ecologically sensitive area within the park. In accordance with New York State Parks policy, herbicide treatments will be used as a last resort, when other treatment options are deemed to be unlikely to provide effective control. Herbicide use is proposed for use on over 30 acres per year, with a maximum limit of 50 acres per year. This acreage will decrease as invasive species within the priority areas are removed. Manual removals will occur over an estimated 200 acres, targeting isolated plants or clumps within that area. Herbicide treatments in 2017 will target pale swallowwort (Cynanchum rossicum) using glyphosate applied via backpack sprayers in summer 2017. Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) will be treated using glyphosate applied as a stem injection in fall 2017. Certified applicators will be used and all appropriate environmental and health and safety regulations will be followed. Treated areas will be restored with native species plantings. The project is located in the Taughannock Falls State Park at 2221 Taughannock Park Road in Trumansburg, New York.

Contact: Becky Sibner, NYS OPRHP, Taughannock Falls State Park, 2221 Taughannock Park Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886, Phone: (607) 387-7041, E-mail: Rebecca.sibner@parks.ny.gov.


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