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ENB - Region 4 Notices 12/20/2017

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The Town of Hamden, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Town of Hamden Local Flood Analysis will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Town of Hamden Local Flood Analysis (LFA), a report that summarizes flood hazards along the West Branch of the Delaware River within the Town of Hamden and outlines recommendations to address and potentially reduce those hazards, will be used as a guidance document for the Town in undertaking flood hazard mitigation activities. The adoption of the LFA will help leverage funding for the implementation of its recommendations. The project is located Town of Hamden, NY.

Contact: Wayne Marshfield, 6754 Basin Clove Road, Hamden, NY 13782; Phone: (607) 746-6660, E-mail:

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Delaware, Greene and Schoharie Counties - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Water for the Future: Upstate Water Supply Resiliency Project (UWSR).

The action involves NYC DEP constructing 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) 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.

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) was prepared by NYC DEP for the proposed UWSR project and issued on September 19, 2016. Copies of the Draft EIS were made available for public review. A series of public meetings were held to solicit public comments: October 20, 2016 at the Ellenville Government Center, 2 Elting Court, Ellenville, NY; October 24, 2016 at the Yorktown Town Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY; October 25, 2016 at the Town of Newburgh Town Hall, 1496 Route 300, Newburgh, NY; and October 28, 2016 at SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY. A public comment period remained open until November 14, 2016.

Subsequent to the publication of the Draft EIS, NYC DEP identified an additional element of the UWSR Project. Throughout the planning of the UWSR project, one of DEP's key commitments is to coordinate closely with Outside Community Connections to confirm they have access to adequate water supply independent of the upper Catskill Aqueduct prior to any temporary shutdown. As a result of coordination with the Village and Town of New Paltz (New Paltz), the new project element identified would involve the development of a new temporary transmission water main to supply water to New Paltz during those periods when NYC DEP would need to temporarily shut down the Catskill Aqueduct for extended periods, as described in the Draft EIS for the UWSR Project. NYC DEP prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to evaluate this new element of the project. A Draft Scope of Work for the SEIS was issued on May 26, 2017, a public scoping meeting was held on June 29, 2017 in New Paltz, NY, and the public comment period closed on July 11, 2017. NYC DEP issued the Final Scope of Work and Draft SEIS for the New Paltz Temporary Transmission Water Main on September 6, 2017. The Draft SEIS was made available for public review at various locations including the Town of New Paltz Town Hall, the Village of New Paltz Village Hall, and NYC DEP offices located in Kingston and Queens. The document was also made available for public review on NYC DEP's website. Written comments were accepted throughout the public comment period, which closed on October 10, 2017. NYC DEP held a public meeting to solicit public comments on the New Paltz Temporary Transmission Water Main SEIS on September 27, 2017 at the Town of New Paltz Community Center, 3 Veterans Drive, New Paltz, NY.

The Final EIS evaluates the UWSR project as whole including the Temporary New Paltz Transmission Water Main and responds to comments received on both the Draft EIS for USWR and the Draft SEIS. A full assessment of potential impacts was undertaken in preparation of the Final EIS. There is a potential for significant adverse impacts to wetlands due to the potential loss of approximately 1.2 acres of wetlands in Roseton as a result of the cessation of leaks due to decommissioning of the bypassed section of the RWBT. NYC DEP is committed to developing a monitoring program that would be implemented prior to, during, and after the RWBT temporary shutdown to assess and confirm the extent of the impacts to these wetlands, and should permanent impacts be measured, NYC DEP would perform compensatory mitigation.

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

A hard copy of the Draft EIS/Final EIS are available at the following locations

Town of Newburgh
1496 Route 300
Newburgh, NY 12550
Contact: Andrew Zarutskie
Phone: (845) 564-4554

Town of Wawarsing
108 Canal Street, PO Box 671
Ellenville, NY 12428
Contact: Roxanne Shamro
Phone: (845) 647-7800

Town of Yorktown
363 Underhill Avenue
Yorktown Heights, NY 10568
Contact: Diana Quast
Phone: (914) 962-5722

Town of Marbletown
Rondout Municipal Center
1925 Lucas Avenue
Cottekill, NY
Contact: Heather Moody
Phone (845) 687-7500

SUNY - Sullivan
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Phone: (845) 434-5750

Town of New Paltz
Clerk's Office
52 Clearwater Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

Village of New Paltz
Clerk's Office
25 Plattekill Avenue
New Paltz, 12561

59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: Sangamithra Iyer
Phone: (718) 595-3585

465 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
Contact: David Warne
Phone: (914) 742-2099

71 Smith Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Contact: Daniel Michaud
Phone: (845) 340-7884

The online version of the Draft EIS/Final EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site:

Contact: Sangamithra Iyer, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373; Phone: (718)595-3585, E-mail:

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