ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

Public Notice

Request for Recreational Reservoir Releases

Background: DEC Part 670 Reservoir Releases Regulations (Schoharie Reservoir - Shandaken Tunnel - Esopus Creek), developed pursuant to Title 8 of Article 15 of the Environmental Conservation law, were implemented in May 1977. The purpose of these regulations is to regulate the volume and rate of the flow of water from the Schoharie Reservoir via the Shandaken Tunnel into the Esopus Creek to protect and enhance the recreational use of the waters in the creek while ensuring an adequate water supply for New York City.

This notice is to advise of a request the NYSDEC has received from the American Whitewater, on behalf of their membership and that of the Kayak and Canoe Club of New York, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the American Canoe Association, for the department to provide diversions for the following annual special recreational events:

June 3-4, 2000: 1000-1100 cfs for KCCNY Slalom
July 15-16, 2000: 1000-1100 cfs for AMC Whitewater Instruction
Sept. 9-10, 2000: 1000-1100 cfs for AMC Instruction
Sept. 30-Oct.1, 2000: 850-1000 cfs for ACA Esopus Slalom

The department is currently evaluating the request. These events are well attended and important to the economy of the area. Current hydrologic and weather conditions allow the department to approve the June 3-4 recreational event. Any approval of the future events will be subject to favorable hydrologic and weather conditions.

For more information, contact Dr. Muralidhar at the Division of Water (518) 457-8973.

Negative Declaration

Greene County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed new construction of a bus garage for the Greenville Central School District, SED Project No. 19-07-01-04-5-013-001, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves 6,000 square feet of new construction on existing property. The project is located on Route 81 in the Town of Greenville.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.


Schoharie County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition and construction of a new bus garage in the Middleburgh Central School District, SED Project No. 54-10-01-04-5-009-001, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the purchase of 9.3 acres of land and 4,900 square feet of new construction. The project is located on Route 145 (Main Street) Near Cotton Hill Road, in the Village of Middleburgh. No unmitigated adverse environmental effects are revealed.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

Positive Declaration

Albany County - The City of Albany Planning Board, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Mercer Inn Towne Association may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves construction of a 25 story 250,000 sq.ft. mixed use building to include a hotel, restaurant, offices and luxury apartments. The project is located in the C-3 Central Business District, 320 Broadway, Albany, New York.

Contact: Nicholas A. DiLello, Zoning and Land Use Coordinator, City of Albany Planning Board, 21 Lodge Street, Albany, New York 12207, phone: (518) 434-2532, Ext. 28.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Albany County - The Albany County Airport Authority, as lead agency has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Albany International Airport Airside Safety Improvement Project. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 2, 2000. The project is located at the Albany International Airport, Albany, New York.

Contact: Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority, ARFF Building, Suite 200, Albany, New York 12211-1057, phone: (518) 242-2238.


Columbia County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed land acquisition for the Bus Garage in the Chatham Central School District, SED Project No. 10-10-01-04-4-007-005. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until June 21, 2000. The action involves the purchase of 4 acres of land adjacent to existing property. The project is located at 50 Woodbridge Avenue in the Town of Chatham.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.