Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Hamilton County - The Town of Wells, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lake Algonquin Sediment Removal will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves removal of approximately 290,000 cubic yards of deposited sediment from Lake Algonquin, an impoundment of the Sacandaga River. The action is a nonpoint source project, designed to improve water quality and aquatic habitat, and restore recreational use of the lake. Best management practices to reduce future input of sediment will be implemented. Sediment removal will occur in delineated areas that will avoid important littoral habitat. A cutter-head hydraulic dredge will be used to remove the deposited sediment. The dredged material will be pumped to three detention basins to be constructed in an area adjacent to the lake's southern shoreline that was formerly used for sand and gravel excavation. These sediment basins will ultimately serve to restore and revegetate the sand and gravel excavation area. The basins will rely on groundwater infiltration and designed structures for sediment dewatering. Water discharged from the basins will be returned to the lake. Best management practices will be in place to reduce turbidity in the return flow. Although this action is within the Adirondack Park boundaries, a SEQR-equivalent process is used to meet the requirements of the Environmental Facilities Corporation for funding under the New York State Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (project number C5-554-01-00). The project is located at Lake Algonquin, Town of Wells.
Contact: Brian Towers, Supervisor, Main St (P.O. Box 205), Wells, NY 12190, phone: (518) 924-7912, fax: 518-924-3410