Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Availability of Phosphorus TMDL Revisions as Proposed for the Ashokan Reservoir (West Basin) and the Pepacton Reservoir Relative to the Crossroads Ventures/Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Project
Phase II Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the nineteen reservoirs in the New York City Watershed were submitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in June of 2000. These TMDLs were ultimately approved by USEPA on October 17, 2000.
The New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement (January, 1997) described the process for developing phosphorus TMDLs in the watershed. Phase II Phosphorus TMDLs have been an important part in the overall effort to protect the New York City reservoirs from the adverse effects of excessive nutrient loadings. NYSDEC is proposing revisions to the following TMDLs relative to the following projects:
|- Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park
(proposed Big Indian Plateau Resort)
- Andes (V) New Infrastructure Project
- Fleischmanns (V) New Infrastructure Project
- Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park (proposed Wildacres Resort)
For additional information or copies of the proposed revisions to these TMDLs contact:
Bureau of Water Assessment & Management
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3502
Telephone: (518) 402-8179
Comments on the proposed TMDL revisions will be considered by the Department prior to the submission to USEPA for approval. Comments must be received in writing at the above address by February 24, 2004.
Ulster and Delaware Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. Comment period ends February 24, 2004. The action involves a proposed resort development by Crossroads Ventures, LLC. The project includes a total of 400 hotel rooms, 351 additional hotel and housing units, a 21-lot single-family residential subdivision and two 18-hole golf courses. The project would be developed within 1,960 acres in the Catskill Mountains of Ulster and Delaware Counties, with a total of 573 acres disturbed and the remainder left undisturbed.
Project Location: The project site is located in the Towns of Shandaken (Ulster Co.) and Middletown (Delaware Co.), within the New York City Catskill and Delaware Watershed (the Pepacton and Ashokan Reservoirs), and within the boundaries of the New York State Catskill Park. The project is adjacent to the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
A hearing has been scheduled and the notice can be viewed here www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ohms/notices/crossroads.html. Additional information about the project can be found in the Combined Notice of Complete Application.
Contact: Alexander F. Ciesluk, Jr., Deputy Regional Permit Administrator, NYS DEC, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, phone: (845) 256-3014
Ulster County - A Scoping Session will be held on the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed project known as Stoneleigh Woods at New Paltz. The scoping session will be held Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the Huguenot Historical Society, 6 Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY. Broadhead Avenue intersects with Chestnut Street (Route 32 North) three blocks north of Main Street (Route 299). Parking is available in parking lots on both sides of Broadhead Avenue. Deyo Hall is handicapped accessible.
Putnam and Westchester Counties - The NYCDEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Nonpoint Source Management Plan for New York City’s Catskill/Delaware Watersheds East of Hudson will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), as lead agency, has determined that NYCDEP’s proposed Nonpoint Source Management Plan (Plan), CEQR No. 04DEP029U, will not have significant adverse environmental impact. The purpose of the Plan, designed to conform to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) November 2002 Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD), as well as the New York City 2001 Watershed Protection Program Summary, Assessment and Long-term Plan (December 2001), is to aid in protecting the existing water quality in the Catskill/Delaware reservoir watersheds East of Hudson (EoH).
The Plan identifies existing programs and proposes new programs designed to reduce or eliminate nonpoint pollution sources in the watersheds of four of the five EoH reservoirs of the City of New York’s Catskill/Delaware water supply system: West Branch, Boyds Corner, Croton Falls, and Cross River. The geographic scope does not include the Kensico reservoir watershed because a highly effective nonpoint source management and remediation program, the Kensico Water Pollution Control Program, has been successfully underway since 1995. These five EoH reservoirs convey, or have the potential to convey, water through the Delaware Aqueduct.
The Plan names the three primary sources within the target watersheds of the three primary nonpoint pollutants identified by the State (coliform bacteria, nutrients (e.g. phosphorous), and sediments). The sources are 1) wastewater from improperly functioning septic systems, pump station failures or other service failure, 2) stormwater from runoff from suburban development and roads/transportation corridors, and 3) hazardous materials from roads/transportation corridors. The components of the Plan fall into three categories: assessment, management, and remediation. NYCDEP’s prior experience with the Kensico program, evaluation of the Croton Watershed Strategy (CWS) (March 2003), and numerous other watershed management programs were instrumental to the development of the nonpoint source abatement strategies, the implementation schedule, and cost estimates contained in this Plan. The proposed plan in its entirety will only require approval from the USEPA. However, individual components of the proposed plan could require permits and/or approvals from local, regional, and state agencies and/or other federal agencies. Those, where necessary, would be pursued on an individual basis. The four target watersheds lie within Putnam and Westchester Counties in New York, and a part of Fairfield County in Connecticut. The New York municipalities within the target watersheds include: Carmel, Kent, East Fishkill, Putnam Valley, Bedford, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, North Salem, Southeast, and Somers.
Contact: Kate Demong, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: 718) 595-6443 fax: (718) 595-4479, E-mail: email@example.com
Dutchess County - The Planning Board of the Town of Rhinebeck, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rhinebeck Equine Realty Ltd. Site Plan Amendment for Expansion of Animal Hospital and Resubdivision of Filed Map 11416 will not have a signficant adverse environmental impact. The action involves applications to the Town Planning Board for site plan approval to authorize the expansion of the Animal Hospital through construction of a 3,900 s.f. building addition for the principal purpose of increasing the number of horse stalls, the development of additional on-site parking spaces and the undertaking of related site improvements. The project is located on the east side of U.S. Route 9 North in the Town of Rhinebeck.
Contact: John Varricchio, Planning Board, Town Hall, 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, phone: (845)876-3409.
Orange County - The Town of Cornwall Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chestnut Woods may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on January 5, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at Town of Cornwall Town Hall, 183 Main Street, Cornwall, New York. The action involves a request for site plan approval of a project involving the construction of 228 dwelling units and clubhouse, a 14-room bed and breakfast facility, and 20,000 square feet of retail on a site with a gross total of approximately 24 acres. The tract is located on the east side of New York State Route 32 at the Town of New Windsor municipal boundary, and the easterly part of the site abuts both the Moodna Creek and Knox’s Headquarters, which is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The site itself also contains a dwelling that is also Register-eligible. Central water and sewer services will need to be provided for the site. The Planning Board has determined the action to be Type I due to its abutting Knox’s Headquarters. The project is located on the east side of NYS Route 32 at Town of New Windsor line, abutting the Moodna Creek.
Contact: Neil Novesky, Town of Cornwall Planning Board, Town Hall – 183 Main Street, Cornwall, New York 12518, phone: (845) 534-9429
Westchester County - The Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Fortress Bible Church and School. A public hearing will be held on December 15, 2003 at 7:15 p.m. at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY. The proposed action consists of the construction of the Fortress Bible Church on a 6.53-acre site in the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York. The proposed use is a 500-seat church and school for kindergarten through 12th grade, with 128 parking spaces. The sanctuary, offices, classrooms, kitchen and multipurpose gymnasium would be housed in one building with a total footprint of approximately 15,000 +/- square feet and a total square footage of 29,000 square feet. The aggregate lot coverage of the site is approximately 2.2 acres or 95,832 square feet including paved areas for roadways, entrance and exit intersections, and parking for 128 cars. After lot coverage deductions required by the Town’s Local Law §285-36 are taken, approximately 46.6 percent of the net site area would be covered by impervious surface, nearly an additional 10 percent above and beyond what is permitted by the Town’s zoning. The subject site is predominantly vacant woodland with a single residential dwelling unit located at the northern edge of the property. It has served predominantly as a buffer between the residential housing and the Sprain Brook Parkway.
The proposed action would disturb approximately 83 percent of steep slopes on the site, of which 24 percent are classified as excessively steep slopes (slopes with a topographical gradient equal to or greater than 35 percent); 24 percent are classified as very steep slopes (slopes with a topographical gradient between 25 and 35 percent) and; 35 percent are classified as steep slopes (slopes with a topographical gradient between 15 and 25 percent). In addition to this disturbance, approximately 20,000 cubic yards of earth would be cut and 19,000 cubic yards would be filled. The 6.53-acre project site is located in the Town of Greenburgh, in Westchester County, New York. It has frontage along Pomander Drive to the north and Dobbs Ferry Road (Route 100B) to the south, and is bordered by residential uses to the north and east. Immediately to the west is the Sprain Brook Parkway.
Contact: Mark Stellato, Department of Community Development and Conservation, Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607, phone: (914) 993-1505.