Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Essex and Hamilton Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson Gorge Primitive Area Unit Management Plan and a Rivers System Land Management Plan for parts of the Indian and Hudson Rivers may have a significant adverse environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The applicant proposes to develop a unit management plan for the Hudson Gorge Primitive Area. Actions that may be proposed in the plan include the continuation of existing recreational uses and management programs and the maintenance of existing structures and improvements, as well as the addition of new uses, programs, structures and improvements. The unit management plan may also propose programs to limit or reduce the impacts of existing recreational uses where necessary to protect natural resources or the recreational experiences of visitors. Concurrent with the development of the Hudson Gorge Primitive Area unit management plan, NYS DEC may develop a rivers system land management plan pertaining to the parts of the Indian and Hudson Rivers affected by water releases from the Lake Abanakee dam. Possible environmental impacts from implementation of the plan may include water releases on biological resources, downstream effects of whitewater rafting and kayaking, public safety related to whitewater rafting and kayaking, traffic and parking, water releases on Lake Abanakee shoreline property owners, and new trail use. The project is located in the Town of Minerva and Town of Indian Lake.
Contact: Richard Fenton, NYS DEC, PO Box 1316, Northville, NY 12134, phone: (518) 863-4545 extension 3002.