ENB - REGION 7 NOTICES

Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Potter Road Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves approximately 7,000 linear feet of 8-inch water main and appurtenances designed to serve residential customers and the Au Steel Recreation Complex in the Towns of Throop and Sennett; the Turnpike Road Extension Project, which consists of approximately 2,600 linear feet of 12-inch water main and appurtenances designed to serve customers between the Throop/Sennett Town line and extending east to New York State Route 34; and the Centerport Road Extension Project which consists of approximately 1,300 linear feet of 8-inch water main and appurtenances designed to serve customers south of Route 31 along Centerport Road.. The project is located in Cayuga County, New York.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Oswego County - The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, as lead agency has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) on the conversion of wetlands to muck farming. Vegetable growers are required to obtain approvals from both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to convert wetlands to muck farming. Controversy exists between regulatory agencies and vegetable growers about whether farming irreversibly alters and degrades the forested wetlands, with the agencies concerned that abandoned sites will not revert to functioning wetland. This DGEIS considers cumulative, long-term, environmental, social, and economic impacts which could result from further muck farming activity, including several alternatives to new conversions: 1) Grow lettuce and onions on upland (mineral) soils; 2) Restore an abandoned muck farm; 3) Purchase a farm that has already been converted; or 4) Deny the permit and reduce continued vegetable production. A Public Comment Period ends September 30, 2000.

Contact Person: John DeHollander, District Manager, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, 3095 NY St. Rt. 3, Fulton, New York 13069; telephone number 315/592-9663; fax number 315/592-9595.