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Negative Declaration

Dutchess/Putnam County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed action described below will not have a significant effect on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. A Notice of Complete Application is on file.

Name of Action: Southern Dutchess Sand and Gravel Lake Construction

SEQR Status: Type I

Description of Action: The applicant requests a modification to its Mined Land Reclamation Permit to excavate a 22 acre lake within the existing, permitted mine area. Approximately 2,000,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel are proposed to be mined from the lake area during an estimated period of 10 to 20 years. Mineral processing facilities already exist at the site.

Location: The mine site and existing mineral processing facility are located on the west side of US Route 9 approximately 1000 feet north of the Dutchess / Putnam County boundary in the Town of Fishkill, Dutchess County (see attached map).

Reasons Supporting this Determination:

1. Impact on Land: The entire lake area is situated within an existing, permitted sand and gravel mine. Furthermore, the lake excavation area is currently highly disturbed from prior mining activities. The existing sand and gravel mine has been operating approximately 30 years. The proposal to mine into ground water will increase the duration of the life of the mine but will not increase the area of land disturbance.

2. Impact on Water Resources:

3. Impact on Air: The proposed sub-aqueous mining is not anticipated to create any dust impacts due to the moisture content of the material. No other air impacts are likely to result from the modification proposal.

4. Impact on Plants and Animals: The site of the lake is highly disturbed and is devoid of vegetation, cover and food for wildlife. Timber rattlesnakes are known to inhabit nearby mountain areas. The snakes are not likely to traverse the mine area due to the lack of cover and food sources. The mine manager has stated that he is not aware of any reports of sightings of timber rattlesnakes within the mine site.

5. Impact on Aesthetic Resources: Mining can and does affect aesthetic resources. In this instance, the mine is currently highly disturbed and lacks visual amenities. In the long term, the lake construction will enhance visual resources.

6. Impact on Historic and Archaeological Resources: The lake area is highly disturbed. Furthermore, the site is not located within a sensitive area as mapped by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. No impacts to cultural resources are anticipated.

7. Impact on Critical Environmental Areas: The project site is located within the Clove Creek Aquifer which is designated as a Critical Environmental Area (CEA) by the Town of Fishkill. Several attempts were made to gain input from the Town of Fishkill as to any issues or concerns that it may have relative to the aquifer, drinking water supplies or the designation as a CEA. The Town’s comments were limited identifying that a Special Use Permit would be required for the project. No additional comments, issues or concerns were presented.

8. Impact on Transportation: The revised mining proposal will not increase the traffic associated with the mine although implementation will increase the duration of trucks utilizing the site since it will increase the life of the mine. All mine vehicles exit onto US Route 9 will is fully adequate to handle mine related vehicles.

9. Impact of Energy: Equipment will utilize fuels during the extended life of the mine if the modification is approved. This will have no impact on overall fuel availability nor will it have any impact on other energy supplies within the municipality.

10. Noise and Odor Impacts: The applicant has recently installed radar back-up alarm systems on machinery used at the site. With this equipment, the back-up alarms go off only when an object is immediately behind the piece of equipment which is backing up. The radar alarm systems should substantially reduce the number of times that back-up alarms sound during the work day. The proposed modification proposal is not anticipated to increase operating noise from processing areas or truck movements. It will, however, increase the duration of the operation. The increased length of the mining operation is not anticipated to cause significant noise impacts. No odor impacts are anticipated.

11. Impact on Agricultural Resources, Public Health, Open Space and Community Character: No impacts in these areas are anticipated since the proposed excavation is a continuation of a long term, privately owned mining operation.

Contact: William E. Steidle, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 21 South Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz NY 12561-1696, phone, (845) 256-3053.


Orange County - The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed reconstruction of NYSTA's Interchange 17 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves reconfiguration of the interchange to provide a connection between I-87 and I-84. In addition, it will involve upgrading the toll facility to current design standards, reconstruction of the Authority's highway section maintenance facility currently located on site, and office space for the New York State Police's Newburgh Troop T. The project is located on I-87 of the New York State Thruway Authority's highway system at Interchange 17, Orange County.

Contact: Timothy Wainwright, Department of Engineering Services, New York State Thruway Authority, 200 Southern Blvd., Albany, New York 12201-0189, phone: (518) 471-4272.


Orange County - The New York State Office of General Services, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gonzaga Retreat Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves NYS Office of General Services selling to the County of Orange the site known as the Gonzaga Retreat Center. The site is located on Seven Springs Road in the three Towns of Blooming Grove, Woodbury and Monroe and includes approximately 216 acres of land and several stone buildings. The parcel is greater than 100 acres.

Contact: Joseph F Stellato, Real Estate Planning and Development, NYS Office of General Services, Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd Tower, The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12242.


Ulster County - The Planning Board of the Town of Rosendale, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed application for special use permit to allow for selective timber harvest will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a selective timber harvest on 40 acres out of a 52 acre vacant hillside tract near the hamlet of Rosendale, in the R-2 and A zoning districts. The project is located at 1000 - 1050 Route 32, Hamlet of Rosendale.

Contact: Nora Lane, Town Planning Board, Town Offices, 424 Main Street, P. O. Box 423, Rosendale, New York 12472, phone: (914) 658-3159.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Dutchess County - The Planning Board of the Town of East Fishkill, has determined that the proposed Moore Property Cluster Subdivision may have a significant adverse impact on the environmental and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on February 7, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, New York. The action involves a residential development of 241 clustered single-family units on a 480-acre former farm. The project will be served with central water and sewer by transportation corporations to be created as part of the project approvals. Project sponsor also seeks to establish commercial retail element of project, if zoning amendment allowing such element is adopted. The project is located east of the Taconic State Parkway adjacent to the Town or Beekman.

Contact: Pat Twomey, Town of East Fishkill Planning Board, Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, New York 12533, phone: (845) 221-2428.