Consolidated SPDES Renewals
DEC Region: Region 5 - 6
County: Herkimer, Hamiliton, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence
Lead Agency: NYS DEC
Project Title: Watsonís East Triangle Wild Forest (including Bear Pond Road and Tied Lake Primitive Corridors) Administrative Action and Amendments to the Aldrich Pond, Black River, Independence River Wild Forest Unit Management Plans.
Contact Person: Peter Frank
Albany, NY 12233
Phone Number: (518) 473-9518
Project Location: Towns of Diana, Fine, Forestport, Greig, Lyonsdale, Morehouse, Ohio, Pitcarin, Watson, Webb
Project Description: The action is an Administrative Action for the Watsonís East Triangle Wild Forest (including Bear Pond Road and Tied Lake Primitive Corridors) and Amendments to the Aldrich Pond, Black River, and Independence River Wild Forest Unit Management Plans. The action will close all roads that are currently opened to public ATV use in these areas. The Department has evaluated each road and has determined that it is necessary to close such roads to public ATV use. This action will not effect access to recreational programs by people with disabilities using DEC, CP-3 permits.
Five of these roads (Jackworks and Maple Hill in Aldrich Pond Wild Forest; and Wolfe Lake Landing, Herkimer Landing and South Shore Roads in the Black River Wild Forest) will remain open to ATV access by seasonal permit for those accessing traditional hunting camps and only as a temporary measure not to exceed 3 years in duration.
These actions are being taken to protect the natural resources and wild forest character of the area and to ensure that ATV use is in compliance with the Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The action will also prevent further degradation on these roads and illegal use of ATVís off of the roads and into interior areas in both Wilderness and Wild Forest areas.
Four Negative Declarations have been prepared, one for each forest preserve unit.
Jefferson County - The Development Authority of the North Country, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Installation of 50 meter, temporary meteorological data collection tower will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves installation of a temporary, 50 meter meteorological wind test tower on Authority owned property in the Town of Rodman, County of Jefferson, for the purpose of collecting meteorological data at the site. The tower is guy supported only, with no site work or excavation required. The tower is an engineered package that will be installed by a contractor with assistance from Authority personnel. The tower will be in place for a period of approximately 1 year as part of an ongoing evaluation to determine if the wind resource and meteorological conditions at the site could support a wind to energy project. The project is located on lands owned by the Development Authority of the North Country located 1,000 feet south of NYS Route 177, 1/2 mile east of County Route 95 (Tremaines Corners) in the Town of Rodman, County of Jefferson, State of New York, having a mailing address of 23400 N.Y. State Route 177, Rodman, NY 13682.
Contact: William Seifried, P. O. Box C, 23400 NYS Rte. 177, Rodman, NY 13682, phone: (315) 232-3236.