Multiregion and Statewide SEQR and Other Notices DEC Hearings

ENB Multiregion and Statewide Completed Applications 08/03/2005

Multiple Counties

Applicant: Fortis Us Energy Corp
7659 Lyonsdale Rd
Lyons Falls, NY 13368
Facility: Dolgeville Hydroelectric Dam
East Canada Creek
Dolgeville, NY 13329
Application ID: 0-9999-00102/00015
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Project is Located: Several Counties throughout the State
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to dredge approximately 6,500 cubic yards of  rock, gravel, sand and silt deposits from the hydroelectric project tailrace and stream channel of East Canada Creek, a standards C(T) stream. The project will extend 1,150 feet downstream of the powerhouse. The catalyst for the project was the flooding of the powerhouse in January of 2005. Frazil ice build up in the stream channel caused a backwater situation allowing water to overtop the powerhouse wall at an elevation of 678. The facility was constructed in the mid 1980's at which time the stream channel was dredged to an elevation of 656 for 1,000 downstream of the confluence of the tailrace and stream channel. The project will reestablish the 656 elevation with minimal disturbance to the stream channel. The project will not result in a bank to bank trapezoidal channel but will remove selected deposits.
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 not located in a Coastal Management area and is not 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 Aug 19 2005.
Contact: Patrick M Clearey
NYSDEC Region 6 Utica SUB-OFFICE
State Office Bldg - 207 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13501
(315)793-2555
r6dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Multiregion and Statewide SEQR and Other Notices DEC Hearings