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ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 04/09/2003

Richmond County

Applicant: NYC Dept Of Transportation
40 Worth St
11Th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Facility: NYC Dot-St George Ferry Terminal
Richmond Terrace & Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
Application ID: 2-6402-00007/00017
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Project is Located: Staten Island, Richmond County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to dredge Barge No. 5 berth, slip #2, and the inside basin southwest of slip #1, at St. George Ferry Terminal. The St. George Ferry Terminal is located in Richmond County, NY at the northern tip of Staten Island, and is a major intermodal transportation center occupying approximately seven acres bordering New York Harbor. New York City Department of Transportation operates the Staten Island Ferry, connecting Staten Island and Manhattan, from this facility. The ferry terminal is currently undergoing substantial rehabilitation with an anticipated completion by August 2003. The facility will be fully active during the rehabilitation.

Based on a February 2001 bathymetric survey 10,495 cubic yards of material is expected to be removed over an area of about 34,780 square feet.  
    • Barge #5 Berth: Approximately 8,125 cubic yards of material is to be dredged from an area 100' by 230' to a depth of 17 ' below mean low water (MLW).
    • Slip #2: Approximately 2165 cys of material would be dredged from an area 100' by 230' to a depth of 9' below MLW, except for the entrance to the slip which will be dredged to 15' below MLW to accommodate tug boats.
    • Inside Basin: The basin will be cleared of debris after which approximately 205 cys of material will be dredged from a 5,000 square foot area to a depth of 4' below MLW.

Test data reveal that the dredging of Barge No. 5 Berth and Slip 2 would expose contaminated sediments, therefore clean sand will be placed atop the dredged areas as capping material.  Sand capping of these areas is consistent with the recommendations published in the US EPA 1994 ARCS Remediation Guidance Document. The source of the contamination has yet to be determined. The Applicant is working closely with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to identify the source.

Special conditions will be placed on the dredging operation, including but not necessarily limited to:
    • the use of an environmental bucket,
    • the deployment of a hard boom around the perimeter of the dredge site,
    • the hard boom is to be lined with a soft boom,
    • a silt curtain is to be placed inside of the booms,
    • absorbent rolls and sweeps will be on hand for clean-up of any slicks or sheens.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management:
This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Apr 25 2003.
Contact: Kathryn D McGuckin
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21St Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

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