ENB - REGION 6 NOTICES

Negative Declarations

Jefferson County - The Watertown City Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed American Block Buildings Project, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the rehabilitation of the American Hotel (123 Arsenal Street) and the T.A. Smith Block (109-111 Arcade Street) and the possible demolition of 117-121 Arsenal Street for open space. The project is located at 117-123 Arsenal St. and 109-111 Arcade St., Watertown, NY.

Contact: Kenneth A. Mix, 245 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 785-7730.


Oneida County - The NYS Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Rome Research Site - Information Directorate Consolidation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the demolition of a 203,000 SF portion of an overall 360,000 SF building (Building 2), and the subsequent construction of a new 106,000 SF building on the same site. The net reduction in square footage is 97,000 SF. The Proposed Action also includes the renovations to a 10,000 SF section of the retained portion of Building 2 (all figures approximate). The Proposed Action includes funding and other approvals from the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation. The site of the Proposed Action is the United States Air Force's (USAF) Rome Research Site in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, located on the site of the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, Oneida County, New York.

Contact: Matthew Stanley, AICP, Senior Planner, Planning/Environmental Review, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (212) 803-3253


St. Lawrence County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed acquisiton of land and construction of a new Transportation Facility and Fueling Depot in the Massena Central School District, SED Project No. 51-20-01-06-5-019-001, will not have a significant environmental impact. The action involves the site purchase of 5.9 acres with an existing 3,000 square foot structure and 42,125 square feet of new construction totaling 45,125 square feet for the entire structure. The project is located on County Route 37 in the Village of Massena.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234 ; (578) 474-3906

Notice of Completion of Draft EIS

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has completed a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposed Management of Double-crested Cormorants in US Waters of the Eastern Basin of Lake Ontario. The Department of Environmental Conservation proposes THAT BY 2004 the Double-crested Cormorant population in U.S. waters of the eastern basin of Lake Ontario will be reduced to levels associated with 1,500 nesting pairs through nest suppression activities. Culling of adults in addition to nest suppression, will be implemented if population monitoring efforts indicate that nest suppression alone is inadequate to achieve the target level. Prior to implementation of a culling program, an experimental lethal removal of not more than 300 adults, will be conducted to establish procedures for efficient, low intrusion removal. Nest suppression and lethal removal activities are each contingent on approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Nest suppression and, if necessary, lethal removal activities will take place on Little Galloo Island in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario, Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County

Copies of this Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be available for review at major libraries in the cities of Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown

A public open house regarding this Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be held at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, New York at 4:00 P.M. through 8:00 P.M. on March 23, 2000.

Written comments will be received through April 12, 2000.

Contact: R. Dennis Faulknham, Regional Wildlife Manager, NYS DEC, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 785-2261