ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

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Negative Declaration

County: Ulster and Greene

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Adoption and Implementation of the Shandaken Wild Forest Unit Management Plan

Contact Person: Jeff Rider
NYS DEC
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
phone: (845) 256-3083

Project Location: Towns of Shandaken and Lexington

Project Description: This Negative Declaration replaces the one published in the August 6, 2003 issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Some minor modifications have been made to the management actions in the unit management plan since that time that necessitated the Negative Declaration to be updated.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed implementation of the Shandaken Wild Forest Unit Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Some of the specific projects proposed to fulfill the goals and objectives in the plan that will govern the area’s future management include, creating an Administrative Use Area at the Lower Birch Creek Road parcel to allow maintenance of the area to continue, construction of two additional parking areas and expansion of an existing parking area, construction of two miles of a cross country ski/mountain bike/hiking trail, construction of one new accessible lean-to and pit privy, installation of an accessible fishing platform, designation of the Rochester Hollow access road for motorized use for persons with disabilities through permit and removal of the old dump site at Broadstreet Hollow.


Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The Village of Fleischmanns, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed public water improvement project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Village of Fleischmanns, New York proposing to make improvements to its existing water system in order to comply with the NYS Health Department (DOH) requirements and to improve the quality and availability of water within the existing water service area. The project would also provide additional water storage, replace existing wells damaged by flooding, replace and extend water mains and update facilities that have outlived their useful lives.

The proposed improvements include:

At present, the project includes an option for the installation of additional wells or for the filtration of the spring water. These options will only be evaluated if the improvements to the existing springs designed to protect the water supply proves infeasible.

Contact: Kathleen Wilber, Village of Fleischmanns, P.O. Box I-3, Fleischmanns, New York 12430


Delaware County - The New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Springdale Construction Inc - Beerstown Gravel Mine, Walton (T), Delaware (C) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant proposing to operate a 10.6 acre life-of-mine sand and gravel mine of which the entire 10.6 acres is proposed to be affected during the permit term. Occasional screening will take place as needed. Concurrent reclamation of the site will be agricultural for hay and other forage crops. The site is located on a 35 acre parcel, two miles south of the Village of Walton on the east side of State Route 10.

Contact: Kent Sanders, NYSDEC, Region 4 - Field Office, Route 10, HCR #1, Box 3A, Stamford, NY 12167-9503, phone: (607) 652-7741.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Albany, Saratoga Counties - The Green Island Power Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cohoes Falls Hydroelectric Project 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 September 29, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the Green Island Municipal Center. The Cohoes Falls Hydroelectric Project is a new dam and hydroelectric powerhouse project, replacing the existing dam and powerhouse located at the School Street Project (FERC No. 2539). Included are: more efficient hydraulic design; complete fisheries protection; underground powerhouse and transmission lines; a one-mile rewatered stretch of river and falls.

Contact: John J. Brown, Green Island Power Authority, 69 Hudson Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183, phone: (518) 270-8182.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Rensselaer - The Rensselaer City School District, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed K-12 facility for the Rensselaer City School District. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on October 6, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rensselaer Junior-Senior High School Auditorium, 555 Broadway, Rensselaer, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until October 31, 2005. The action involves the construction of new K-12 facility for the Rensselaer City School District (“RCSD”) on an approximately 47-acre parcel (the “Campus”), newly annexed to the City of Rensselaer. The project will include the construction of new access roads and/or the improvement of existing roads to the Campus property. The project may include the acquisition of land by purchase and by eminent domain for the Campus and the access roads.

The project may include the decommissioning of some or all of the existing facilities used by the RCSD that will be replaced by those to be constructed on the Campus.

As part of the project, the RCSD may award a contract to a qualified private developer to implement the foregoing elements as a turn-key project pursuant to a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) process. If awarded, this contract would establish the rights and responsibilities of the private developer and the RCSD in the project and establish the arrangements for the long-term use of the Campus and its associated facilities. The contract may require the acquisition of lands by the RCSD and the transfer of lands now owned or later acquired by the RCSD to the private developer. The project is located at 460 Partition Street, Rensselaer, NY.

Contact: Gordon Reynolds, Rensselaer City School District, phone: (518) 465-7509, e-mail: reynolds@rcsd.k12.ny.us.