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ENB - Region 6 Notices 1/24/2018

Negative Declaration

Jefferson County -The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed North Goose Bay Wetland Restoration Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

On two Thousand Island Land Trust owned parcels and state controlled St Lawrence River bottom in the northern end of Goose Bay in the Town of Alexandria, the Unite State's Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Ecological Services, New York Field Office in cooperation with the Thousand Island Land Trust is proposing to enhance approximately 90 acres of encroached cattails. Dense hybrid monotypic stands of cattail have reduced native vegetation, natural water flow, and areas of open water, thus limiting the value of the habitat for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. The purpose of this project is to improve water flow and management capability within the wetland complex by restoring channels, removing blockages obstructing flow, and creating open water areas within the existing cattail stand. Approximately six acres of potholes and connecting channels will be excavated, as well as 6.2 acres of habitat mounds created. The project is funded as part of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service and will provide long-term ecological benefits to wildlife resources within the area.

This action is within an archaeologically sensitive area, however, this project should have little effect on any archaeological resources and SHPO sign-off has been obtained.

Contact: Jessica Hart, NYS DEC, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601; Phone: (315) 785-2246, E-mail: jessica.hart@dec.ny.gov


St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Modification of the Town of Lisbon's Diamond National Sand pit to add an additional 8.8 acres of land to the permit area will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The applicant proposes to expand and develop an existing 5.3-acre sand pit to include an additional 8.8 acres of land to the permit life of mine boundary. This facility is located within a 68.5-acre parcel of land owned by the Town of Lisbon and located south of Sand Road, approximately 3,000 feet east of Hardscrabble Road. The sand pit is immediately adjacent to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's shooting range. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Adams Sand and Naumburg loamy fine sand soil types. Mining is proposed to take place above the local water table. Excavation will be done by excavator and front end loader, standard for sand mining operations. Minimal processing of the sand is anticipated, with a low volume screening plant to be used. Mining is proposed to remove approximately 30,000 cubic yards of sand over an estimated 5-year operational life of mine. Final reclamation will restore the site to open space. Sand exposure will be graded and soils will be spread and then seeded with a perennial grass seed mixture. The reviewed life-of-mine area is 14.1 (LOM) acres.

The project is located south of Sand Road, approximately 3,000 feet east of Hardscrabble Road in the Town of Lisbon, New York.

Other: This application review and significance determination is only for the current 14.1 acre LOM area included in this application. Any future modification which, in the judgment of the Department, results in a material change in the environmental conditions at the site, or in the scope of the permitted activity or would require one or more changes to any MLRL permit conditions will be considered a new application and will be reviewed pursuant to all applicable regulations.

Contact: Benjamin Shubert, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601; Phone: (315) 785-2248, E-mail: DEP.R6@dec.ny.gov


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