ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

Public Notice

Notice of Availability of the Final New York City Watershed Phase II Total Maximum Daily Loads/Wasteload Allocations/ Load Allocations (TMDL/WLA/LA) for Phosphorus in the New York City Water Supply Reservoir System. Also Available Is the Response to Public Comment on the November 17, 1999 Draft TMDL/WLA/LA.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), with the cooperation and technical assistance of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), has completed its Phase II analyses of the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for phosphorous in the reservoirs of the New York City Water Supply System. This notice announces the availability of the Final Phase II Phosphorous TMDLs for these reservoirs which was submitted to the USEPA on June 29, 2000 for approval. The notice also announces the availability of the Response to the Public Comments, dated June 2000, on NYSDEC's Phase II Phosphorus TMDL proposed for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, in November 1999.

INFORMATION: The Final TMDL/WLA/LA information is included in NYSDEC documents entitled: 1) Phase II Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads For Reservoirs in the New York City Water Supply Watershed, dated June 2000; and 2) Response to the Public Comments on NYSDEC's Phase II Phosphorus TMDL proposed for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, dated June 2000.These documents are available at the following website: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/index.html or by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Management, by phone at 518-457-8961 or mail at Room 398, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12233-3508. Copies of these documents will be mailed out to all entities which submitted public comments on the draft document.

Related information included in NYCDEP's report entitled Phase II Phosphorus TMDL Methodology Document, Water Quality Guidance Value Report and Phosphorus TMDL Calculations Reports for 19 Reservoirs, can be found on their website at http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dep/htlm/tmdl.html. These documents are dated March 1, 1999 and they provide much of the information used in NYSDEC's Phase II TMDL documents.

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Site Preparation - Delaware RA #10; Stands A-14, 15 and 16 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a herbicide reduction of ferns, non-commercial tree species and undesirable low valued tree species to allow the natural regeneration of desired tree species such as red oak and black cherry. The action is to take place on a 79 acre site, presently occupied by stands of red maple, red oak and black cherry. The project is located seven miles southwest of Andes, Town of Colchester.

Contact: Paul Wenner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Rt. 10, HC 01, Stamford, New York 12167, phone: (607) 652-7365.


Montgomery County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Mohawk Valley Organics, LLC, Paper Mill Sludge Composting Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction and operation of a 400 ton per day paper mill residuals composting facility on a 76 acre parcel of land in the Town of Minden. The project is located on the south side of NYS Route 5S, approximately 1 mile west of the intersection of 5S and County Route 66 (Sands Road) and 5 miles west of the Village of Fort Plain, Town of Minden.

Contact: Angelo Marcuccio, Environmental Analyst, NYS DEC, 1150 N. Westcott Rd, Schenectady, New York 12306, phone: (518) 357-2069.


Otsego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Plantation Release - Otsego RA #11;Stands A-2, 8,11and 21 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of the herbicide (Glyphos) to reduce the competition from undesirable woody and herbaceous vegetation on five sites totaling 59 acres in the Town of Milford. This action will remove the target vegetation on the site for a period of time sufficient to allow the planted spruce to attain enough size to dominate and fully occupy the site. The only vegetation to be removed is non-threatened or non-endangered species. Impact on public health is minimal. The project is located four miles west of Milford, Town of Milford.

Contact: Paul Wenner, NYS DEC, Rt. 10, HC 01, Stamford, NY 12167, phone: (607) 652-7365.


Schoharie County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Plantation Release - Schoharie RA#14, Stands A-16 and A-88 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of the herbicide (Glyphos) to reduce the competition from undesirable wood and herbaceous vegetation on two sites totaling 44 acres in the Town of Broome. This action will remove the target vegetation on the site for a period of time sufficient to allow the planted spruce to attain enough size to dominate and fully occupy the site. The only vegetation to be removed is non-threatened or non-endangered species. Impact on public health is minimal. Personnel will be equipped with safety equipment. Also, following label instructions for the application will minimize risk. The project is located Seven miles south and east of Middleburg in the Town of Broome.

Contact: Clarence Putnam, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Rt 10, HC 01, Stamford, New York 12167, phone: (607) 652-3693.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Schoharie County - The Village of Richmondville, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Village of Richmondville Water System Improvements Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the Water System Improvements Replacement and Repair Water Main Transmission, Treatment Plant Improvements, Auxiliary Well System Development, Valve and Hydrant Replacements/Additions and storage tank rehabilitation. Reservoir rehabilitation expansion as subsequent phase. The project is located Village of Richmondville, Schoharie County, New York.

The conditions imposed are:

Wetland areas delineated are avoided and/or mitigated to the greatest extent possible. Phase 1A and 1B survey of cultural resources will be completed and any cultural resources identified will be avoided or mitigated in accordance with the recommendation of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau during design and/or prior to construction.

Contact: Lisa Hyatt, Village Clerk, Village of Richmondville, 54 East Main Street, Richmondville, New York 12149, phone: (518)294-6681.

Notice of Acceptance of Amended Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Columbia County - The Town of Canaan Planning Board, as lead agency has accepted an Amended Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed application by Nextel Partners of Upstate New York, Inc. ("Nextel") to construct wireless telecommunications facilities. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on September 6, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Canaan Town Hall, Route 5S, NY 12029. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 20, 2000. The action involves a proposal to construct a wireless telecommunications tower. The Amended Draft EIS also considers Nextel's applications for possible tower sites to be located on the property of Frederick T. Hoffman ("Hoffman Site") and on the property of Rosemary Wallace ("Wallace Site"). These locations were submitted in response to the Lead Agency's request that Nextel provide an Alternatives review section in a DEIS proposed on September 16, 1998. These documents evaluate the environmental impacts associated with deploying the Hoffman Site (instead of the Dean Hill Road Site) and the Wallace site for a wireless telecommunications facility in the Town. The project is located at 110 Dean Hill Road, Canaan, New York.

Primary Site: Lands of Margaret Pixley
110 Dean Hill Road
Canaan, New York 12029
Tax Map Identification No.: 60-1-75.112

Alternative Sites: Lands of Frederick T. Hoffman
Route 22
Canaan, New York 12029
Tax Map Identification No.: 59-1-63

Lands of Rosemary Wallace
Route 5
Canaan, New York 12029
Tax Map Identification No.: 58-1-13

Contact: Charlotte Cowan, Clerk, Town of Canaan, Town of Canaan Town Hall, Route 5S,Canaan, New York 12029, phone:(518) 781-3144.