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ENB Region 4 Completed Applications 09/26/2018

Albany County

Applicant:

NYS Dept of Transportation
50 Wolf Rd - Pod 4-1
Albany, NY 12232

Facility:

I-87 Exit 4 Access Improvements
I 87 Exit 4
Colonie, NY

Application ID:

4-0126-00763/00003

Permit(s) Applied for:

Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands

Project is Located:

Colonie, Albany County

Project Description:

The NYSDOT proposes to discharge fill material into a total of 1.358 acres of wetlands (1.258 acres of emergent wetlands and 0.10 acre of forested wetlands), 0.22 acre of open water (pond), and 374 linear feet of streams to complete the construction of Phase 2 of the Exit 4 Improvement Project. Wetland impacts are associated with the construction of new access ramps, culvert installations and fill for side slopes. In exchange for wetland impacts, the applicant has prepared a comprehensive mitigation plan which includes the creation of 1.13 acres of wetlands at the Sunset Boulevard Mitigation Site, 10 linear feet of stream restoration on Shakers Creek, restoration of 270 linear feet of stream channel where a 195 foot long culvert is being removed, enhancement of 240 linear feet of Shakers Creek downstream of the new flyover ramp, purchase of 0.50 wetland credits as an in-lieu fee, and preservation in perpetuity of 5.45 acres of mitigation areas. The project is located between Interstate 87, Wolf Road and the Albany International Airport on Albany Shaker Road, Town of Colonie, Albany County.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared on this project and is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Dept of Transportation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Based on the information provided in cultural resources survey reports for this project, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have an impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. Measures have been undertaken in consultation with OPRHP to avoid or mitigate impacts to registered or eligible resources. These agreed upon measures conclude the SHPA review.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Oct 26, 2018.

Contact:

Nancy M Baker
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 N Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518)357-2069
R4DEP@dec.ny.gov


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