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Availability for Comment on Draft TMDL/Impaired Waters Restoration Plans

This notice announces the availability of DRAFT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)/Impaired Water Restoration Plans proposed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for two (2) specific waterbodies: Greenwood Lake in Orange County and Finkle Brook in the Lake George Watershed. Public comment on these documents will be accepted for 30 days, through September 2, 2005.

BACKGROUND: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and EPA’s implementing regulations (40CFR Part 130) to develop TMDL plans for waterbodies and pollutants where water quality standards are not being met. By definition, a TMDL specifies the allowable pollutant loading from all contributing sources (e.g., point sources, nonpoint sources, and natural background) at a level necessary to attain the applicable water quality standards with seasonal variations and a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between the sources of the pollutant and water quality. In essence, a TMDL defines the assimilative capacity of the waterbody to absorb a pollutant and still meet water quality standards.

The proposed TMDL/Impaired Water Restoration Plan for Greenwood Lake (for phosphorus) is consistent with a similar TMDL proposed and adopted by New Jersey for this shared waterbody that straddles the New York–New Jersey border. The proposed Plan for Finkle Brook (for sediment) relies on current and ongoing stormwater and other nonpoint source reduction efforts to address existing water quality impairments in Lake George.

INFORMATION: Copies of the proposed draft plans can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management by mail at 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233–3502, or by phone at 518–402–8179, or via email at ntcaruso@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The plans are also anticipated to be available on the NYSDEC website at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/tmdl.html. Comments on these draft plans can be submitted to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, ATTN: Ron Entringer, at the above address.

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands Act) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and the Freshwater Wetlands Mapping and Classification Regulations (6 NYCRR Part 664) that NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposes to amend Putnam County Freshwater Wetland Maps 1–11 of 11 and Dutchess County Freshwater Wetland Maps 18–20 of 22, originally filed between 1984 and 1987. The wetland amendments consist of additions, deletions, boundary changes, wetland identification changes, classification changes, and extending the regulated adjacent area beyond 100 feet on one wetland, to the maps. Maps showing the proposed revisions are available at the clerk’s office in the village, town and county where the change is taking place, as well as at the NYSDEC Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY. The wetland boundaries may be transferred onto the most recent version of NYSDOT 7 ½' quadrangle map to show their proximity to mapped features.

Those interested may view the proposed amended maps and ask questions at informational meetings which will be held at the Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, New York on September 13 from 2:00–7:00 pm and on September 14, 2005 from 2:00-7:30 pm. Those wishing to may submit written comments on the accuracy of the proposed changes to the maps at the informational meetings, or by mailing comments to the person listed below through September 28. A legislative public hearing will be held at the Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, New York on September 14, 2005 beginning at 7:30 pm, following the informational hearing. Oral as well as written comments on the accuracy of the amendments will be received into the record at that time. All comments received through September 28, 2005 will be considered. Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 664, once the announcement of a proposed amendment has been made, no activity subject to regulation under the Freshwater Wetlands Act may be initiated without a permit from NYSDEC within the area that is the subject of the proposal (including the 100 foot or extended wetland adjacent area) until the Commissioner has either amended the map or denied the amendment.

Contact: Norbert Quenzer, Bagdon Environmental, 3 Normanskill Boulevard, Delmar, New York 12054; phone (518) 439–8588, FAX (518) 439–8592, or email: Nquenzer@BagdonEnvironmental.com.

Negative Declaration

Sullivan County – Sullivan County, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sullivan County Strategic Plan – Sullivan 2020 – Defining An Image And Managing Change: A Strategic Plan for Sullivan County will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Sullivan County Strategic Plan is a regional planning document that serves to provide recommendations and guidance to Sullivan County & its municipalities. Through the recommendations of this report Sullivan County will work proactively with towns, villages, adjoining counties, and state and federal agencies to cooperatively address regional issues. Specific policy areas discussed in the plan are as follows: Preservation of Open Space and Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Facilities Planning, Managing Growth, Farmland Protection and Development, Redefining Tourism, Community Development and Housing, Public Transportation, Community Services, and Emergency Management. The goal of each policy area is to give recommendations concerning technical assistance, education and training, and effective planning resources to help make informed decisions concerning planning and development. In as much as the Sullivan 2020 Strategic Plan does not mandate that any action be undertaken by the County, or any local municipality, the recommendations in and of themselves will not have any direct impact in Sullivan County. In the event that the county or a local municipality chooses to adopt a particular section of the Plan or to undertake some related action, it may have to undergo a separate SEQR analysis at that time. Public comment period ends September 16, 2005. The project involves all of Sullivan County

Contact: William Pammer, Sullivan County Division of Planning, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701, phone: (845) 794–3000 x5028, fax: (845) 794–5538, email: william.pammer@scgnet.us.

Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Westchester County – The White Plains Common Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed North Street Community 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 Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Council Chambers, Municipal Building, Second Floor, 255 Main Street, White Plains, NY. The action involves a Zoning Ordinance amendment to establish a new Planned Senior Development use and development of the 23 acre site for an integrated community of residential units and services for seniors, including 390 independent senior housing units, adaptive reuse of the former St. Agnes Hospital for 60 long–term care and 20 assisted senior housing units, and approximately 60,000 square feet of complementary medical and wellness care services oriented toward the needs of senior citizens. The project is located in the City of White Plains, Westchester County. The project site is located on the west side of North Street (State Route 127) between Westchester Avenue (State Route 119) and Bryant Avenue.

Contact: Rod Johnson, City of White Plains, Planning Department, Municipal Building, 255 Main Street, Municipal Building Annex, White Plains, New York 10601, phone: (914) 422–1372, fax: (914) 422–1301.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Orange County – The Planning Board of the Village of Goshen, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Goshen Executive Center. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on August 23, 2005 at 7:45 p.m. at the Village Hall, 276 Main Street, Goshen, NY. Written comments will be accepted up to 14 days after the close of the public hearing. The action involves development of infrastructure to support an office park with residential and senior housing components on a 122 acre site identified as Village of Goshen tax lots; 123–1–1,2,3,3.1. The site improvements include associated parking, utilities and stormwater management facilities.

Contract: Jerome O’Donnell, Village of Goshen Planning Board, 276 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924, phone: (845) 294–8881, fax: (845) 294–1252, email:basecamp@frontiernet.net.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft Generic EIS And Public Hearing

Orange County – The Board of Trustees of the Village of Maybrook, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Pursuant To Village Law §7–722. A public hearing on the Draft Generic EIS will be held on September 12, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Offices, 109 Main Street, Maybrook, NY. Written comments on the Draft Generic EIS will be accepted by the Contact Person until 4:30 p.m., September 22, 2005. The action involves future zoning, real estate development, annexations, capital project budgeting and land use /environmental planning for the Village of Maybrook.

Contact: Valentina Johnson, Village of Maybrook, Village Hall, 109 Main Street, Maybrook, NY 12543, phone: (845) 427–2717.