ENB - REGION 5 NOTICES

        
Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Adirondack Park Agency and DEC Completed Applications

Applicant: Thomas F. Both, Supervisor
Town of Keene, Box 89, Main St.
Keene, NY 12942

Office: Adirondack Park Agency
PO Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518)891-4050

Contact: John L. Quinn

Application No.: APA 2001-63

Project Name: Town of Keene/Rivermede Farm

Location: East side of NYS Route 73 in the Town of Keene, Essex County

Comments Due: June 7, 2001

Project description: The action involves a project to restore and protect both banks of the East Branch of the AuSable River along Rivermede Farm. The project will involve wetlands and shoreline vegetative cutting. In this area, the river is classified as a "Recreational River" in the NYS Wild, Scenic & Recreational Rivers System. The project will involve excavation and fill and plantings to recreate a stable stream geometry and channel cross-section.


Applicant: William E. Lamy, P.E.
Warren Co. Dept. of Public Works
4028 Main Street
Warrenburg, NY 12885
Phone: (518) 623-4141
Fax: (518) 623-2772

Office: Adirondack Park Agency
PO Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518)891-4050

Contact: Richard D. Jarvis

Application No.: APA 2001-35

Lead Agency: Warren County Board of Supervisors

Project Name: Town of Hague Sewer District #1 Collector Sewers and Sewage Treatment Plant

Location: Various public roads within Hague Sewer District #1 and Decker Hill Road, Warren County

Comments Due: June 15, 2001

Project description: The action involves the construction of the major public utility consisting of approximately 32,115 linear feet of collector sewer and pump stations to replace approximately 326 existing individual sewage systems, many of which are outdated, poorly maintained and/or in close proximity to Lake George. The wastewater would be treated to meet DEC standards at a proposed 86,650 gpd treatment plant on Decker Hill Road in the former school athletic field area. The treatment facilities, on approximately 6.5 acres, would include grit chamber, sequence batch reactors, rapid infiltration basins, aerobic digester and sludge drying beds. The effluent would be discharged into the ground. One pump station at the intersection of Dodd Hill Road and Route 9N is proposed to be located on a 0.25 acre lot subject to a town variance and site plan review. Excess soil and rock from construction will be disposed at the treatment plant site or be stockpiled at the town highway garage for re-use. This project is also subject to review by the DEC SPDES application #5-5226-00123/00001 as noticed in the May 16 ENB under DEC Region 5 Completed Applications.


Applicant: Joseph Racette, Environmental Program Specialist
NYS DEC
PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 897-1243
Fax: (518) 897-1245

Office: Adirondack Park Agency
PO Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518)891-4050

Contact: Richard D. Jarvis

Application No.: APA 2001-47

Project Name: Lake Champltain Water Chestnut Management Program

Location: Various shallow bay areas of southern Lake Champlain; Essex and Washington Counties; Towns of Essex, Westport, Moriah, Crown Point Ticonderoga, Putnam and Dresden

Comments Due: May 31, 2001

Project description: This wetland project involves the physical control of water chestnut (Trapa natans), a non-native invasive aquatic plant, in multiple areas of submerged lands under Lake Champlain. This program is part of a joint, continuing effort by New York State and Vermont. The applicants propose to continue to harvest and remove water chestnut from infested areas of the lake and to compost harvested plants in available uplands sites, currently locatedin Vermont and outside the Adirondack Park. Harvesting will be by small boat and hard harvesting in small areas and use of "Aquamarine Aquatic Plant Harvester" machines in the larger dense area. Harvesting will occur annually over the next ten years depending on funding, from July through early September, mostly weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and occasional weekends and until dusk depending on the weather. The harvesting goals are to remove all of the harvested water chestnut and limit its spread with minimum disruption to riparian shoreowners, lake recreation and other lake and wetland resources.

Negative Declaration

Essex, Warren and Washington Counties - The New York State Department of State, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed adoption of a long-term plan, known as "Lake George: Planning for the Future" will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed action may involve adoption of a long-term plan, known as "Lake George: Planning for the Future", for protecting and improving the water quality and natural resources of Lake George. Preparation of the plan is being financed through a $90,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant awarded by the New York State Department of State to the Town of Lake George, on behalf of all the municipalities around the lake.

Completion of the plan is being overseen by a committee, known as "Lake George: Planning for the Next Century", comprised of the nine (9) municipalities and three (3) counties around the lake (Village of Lake George, Towns of Lake George, Bolton, Hague, Ticonderoga, Putnam, Dresden, Fort Ann, and Queensbury; Warren, Washington, and Essex Counties); the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for Warren, Washington, and Essex Counties; the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service; state agencies, including the Departments of State, Environmental Conservation, and Transportation, the Lake George Park Commission, and the Adirondack Park Agency; and other organizations dedicated to protecting the lake, including the Lake George Association, The Fund for Lake George, the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, the Lake George Land Conservancy, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County. The committee is chaired by the New York State Secretary of State.

Following a public review period, the plan may be adopted by one or more of the public agencies serving on the committee, and listed above. It is anticipated that members of the committee will sign a memorandum of agreement, pledging to continue this cooperative effort and focus on plan implementation. Preparation of this plan builds on previous plans and efforts undertaken for the lake, particularly "The Plan for the Future of the Lake George Park", completed in 1987. Many of the recommendations contained in that plan have been accomplished and this current initiative identifies the next generation of actions needed to be taken to protect and improve Lake George.

The plan will establish a consensus among local governments, state agencies, and other organizations on priority actions necessary to protect lake water quality and resources, assuring that such agencies and organizations work together to maximize the effectiveness of limited financial resources. Such a plan will also improve the ability of local governments to access funding sources for project implementation. It is emphasized that adoption of the plan itself will not result in any of its recommendations being implemented. The plan is to be used by state, local, and private decision-makers in their individual efforts to improve and enhance Lake George water quality.

The project is located in the Towns of Lake George, Bolton, Hague, and Queensbury, Village of Lake George (Warren Co.); Towns of Putnam, Dresden, and Fort Ann (Washington Co.); Town of Ticonderoga (Essex Co.).

Contact: Kevin Millington, New York State Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources, 41 State Street, Albany, New York 12231; telephone (518) 474-6000.


Washington County - The Town of Hartford Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Annexation of 2,750 acres of land situated in the Town of Hartford will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the annexation of land which is substantially unregulated territory into an area subject to the Town of Kingsbury's laws and regulations, including, but not limited to comprehensive zoning laws. The project is located in the Town of Hartford.

Contact: Supervisor Kenneth Wheeler, Hartford Town Board, Main Street, Hartford, New York 12838 (518) 632-5333/632-9151.