ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

        
Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Planning Board of the Town of Colonie, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed NYSUT Offices will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of an approximately 167,000 sq. ft. office building addition and related facilities, and change in use of an existing 50,900 sq. ft. retail store to office use. The project is located at 800 Troy-Schenectady Road in the Town of Colonie.

Contact: Kevin DeLaughter, Town of Colonie Planning and Economic Development Department, Public Operations Center, 347 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, New York 12110-2289, phone: (518) 783-2741.


Albany County - The Planning Board of the City of Albany, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Colvin Avenue residential construction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a 4-story apartment building and 140 units of apartments. The project is located at 40 Colvin Avenue, Albany.

Contact: Nicholas DiLello, City of Albany, 21 Lodge Street, Albany, New York 12207, phone: (518) 434-2532, Ext. 28.


Delaware County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Halcott Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves identifing the various natural and man-made resources located throughout the 4,760-acre Halcott Mountain Wild Forest, located within the Catskill Forest Preserve. It recognizes constraints and issues, and develops goals and objectives which will govern future management and protection of the unit over the five year period following its adoption by the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. Specific actions (projects) are proposed to fulfill these goals and objectives. Actions include: maintaining two six-car parking lots; maintaining one lean-to and associated pit privy and fireplaces; maintaining 20 miles of boundary line; removing trash and an abandoned vehicle; installing six signs; installing 3 trail registers; constructing one four-car parking lot, one five-car parking lot, and one six-car parking lot; installing two gates; installing culverts and grading approximately 200 feet of gravel road; brushing and marking 4.3 miles of foot trail; and acquisition of inholding property. The project is located in the Towns of Lexington and Halcott.

Contact: Barbara Richardson, NYSDEC, Route 10, HCR 1, Box 3A, Stamford, New York 12167, phone: (607) 652-3694.


Otsego County - The Town Board of the Town of Maryland, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed revisions to the Maryland Zoning Ordinance will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Town of Maryland revising its zoning ordinance so that it synchronizes with the Town's telecommunication towers and facilities law which was adopted earlier this year. The project is located on Main Street, Schenevus, New York.

Contact: Clark Morris, P. O. Box 307, Schenevus, New York 12155, phone: (607)

638-5699.
Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Greene, Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York State Elk Restoration Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted September 7, 2001. As part of this process, the applicant will conduct a series of four public information workshops during the week of August 13, 2001. The workshops will be held from 4:00 - 9:00p.m. at the following locations:

Grahamsville - Monday, 8/13 - Tri-Valley High School
Boiceville - Tuesday, 8/14 - Onteora Central School
Andes - Wednesday, 8/15 - Andes Fire Hall
Tannersville - Thursday, 8/16 - Hunter-Tannersville High School

The action involves The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Foundation), a not-for-profit conservation organization that, in part, is committed to re-establishing elk in states where the public and wildlife agencies agree with the effort. There has recently been increasing interest and support for re-establishing elk to former ranges in New York.

A 1998, a feasibility study commissioned by the Foundation determined that elk restoration in the Catskill Mountain region is both biologically and socially feasible. Cornell University’s Human Dimensions Research Unit studied the social feasibility and SUNY-Syracuse’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry studied the biological feasibility. Cornell used a Community-Capacity Approach to access potential social feasibility. This approach bases potential feasibility on a community’s demonstrated capacity to consider opportunities and make decisions that positively affect their futures. The approach provides a way of identifying communities most capable of living with elk. In the biological feasibility portion of the study, habitat suitability was determined using four life-requisite values; food, water, habitat diversity and road density. It is in recognition of the strong public interest in wildlife restoration and the outcome of the feasibility study that a Draft Elk Restoration and Management Plan was prepared.

The highest feasibility for restoring elk in the Catskills exists in two areas the study identified as the North-Central Catskill and Southern Catskill communities. The North-Central Catskill community includes the western Greene County Towns of Prattsville, Jewett, Lexington, Ashland, Windham and Hunter and the northern Ulster County Towns of Shandaken, Woodstock and Denning. The Southern Catskill community includes the southwest Ulster County Towns of Rochester and Wawarsing and the northeast Sullivan County Towns of Neversink, Fallsburg and Mamakating north of NYS Route 17. Two other communities considered for possible elk restoration are: 1) the Ulster County Towns of Olive, Hurley, Marbletown, Gardiner and Shawangunk and New Baltimore in Greene County, and 2) the Delaware County Towns of Colchester, Middletown, Roxbury, Bovina, Meredith and Franklin.

In the fall, elk will be transported from western states by the Foundation, then released into 3-4 acre pens at selected sites. They will be held there until the following spring. Supplemental feeding and 24-hour security will be provided during this time period. Once released completely into the wild, the elk will be monitored to determine how, when and where they establish their home range. It is the hope of the Foundation that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will eventually accept responsibility for managing the restored elk herd under its overall wildlife management authority.

Contact: Jack Moser, DEC Region 4 Headquarters, Wildlife Unit, 1150 N. Westcott Road, Schenectady, New York 12306-2014, phone: (518) 357-2066.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Albany County - The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Albany Pine Bush Preserve Management Plan. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on September 11, 1001 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Colonie Community Center, 1653 Central Avenue, Albany, New York. Written comments will be accepted by the contact person until September 21, 2001. The action involves adoption and implementation of an update to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Management Plan and FEIS (1993) and supplemental Albany Pine Bush Preserve Protection and Project Review Implementation Guidelines and FEIS (1996). The project is located in the City of Albany and Towns of Colonie and Guilderland in Albany County.

Contact: Christopher Hawver, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commissiom, 108 Wade Road, Latham, New York 12110, phone: (518) 785-1800, ext. 218.