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Negative Declaration (November 1997): declared for the Oswego River Remedial Action Plan (RAP)

Project Title: Delisting of the Oswego River Area of Concern (re: Great Lakes program)

Brief Project Description: Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada, the 43 Great Lakesí Areas of Concern (AOC) are to address the 14 International Joint Commission use impairment indicators to restore and to protect the beneficial uses in the AOC. Working in cooperation with a local member Remedial Advisory Committee and EPA Region 2, NYSDEC has completed the Stage 1,2, and now Stage 3 documents. This notice provides for a 45 day comment period of the Stage 3 Delisting document and next step events to formal delisting of the Area of Concern. The website link to read the Stage 3 document and Appendices is: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/oswdlist.html .

For the Oswego AOC, impairments involving fish consumption; fish habitat and populations; and, eutrophication and algae were identified. Through public participation, investigative studies, workshop efforts, and delisting principles, we now know that pollution reduction activities involving hazardous waste sites, point and nonpoint water discharges, combined sewer overflows, watershed best management practices, and local agency river corridor enhancement actions have mitigated pollutants and modified activities that caused impairments. This Oswego River RAP Stage 3 document is consistent with United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Delisting Principles and Guidance. In accordance with this guidance: the Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) responds to the lake-wide fish consumption advisories; the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the Varick power dam responds to the fish habitat and population recovery; and, eutrophication and algae characteristics have improved to be managed as nuisance conditions and not use impairments. In addition, the other indicators have been reconfirmed as not impaired.

Please provide comments to NYSDEC by 1/27/06 to:
Contact: Robert E. Townsend, P.E.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water, Bureau of Water Assessment and Management
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3502
Phone: 518-402-8284
Fax: 518-402-9029
E-mail: retownse@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow


Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The Town of LeRay Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Francis Trahan sudivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a subdivision of 5.13 acre parcel into five lots. There is an existing residence, a portion will be alloted to the existing, the remainder divided into approximately 4 lots of approximately equal size. The project is located on the Black River Road, Watertown NY.

Contact: Fred Tontarski, Town of LeRay Planning Board, 8650 LeRay St., Evans Mills NY 136137.


Positive Declaration And Acceptance Of Draft EIS

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tri-Lakes Reliability Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. Public comments are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until January 31, 2006. The action involves the installation of a new 46 kV line to help upgrade the existing electric system in the Tri-Lakes Region. The proposed Project is to be located in the Adirondack Park in St. Lawrence County, New York. The Project is being developed as a cooperative effort between the Villages of Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, NYPA and National Grid to help alleviate long-standing power problems in the region.

Preferred Route: The route begins near the Stark Reservoir in the Town of Parishville traveling south along the shoulder of State Route 56 until reaching forest preserve lands near Sevey Bog. It would then travel west, and circle south aroundthe Forest Preserve parcel, before heading east to again follow State Route 56 south to Sevey Corners in the Town of Colton. The line then travels east along State Route 3 and connects with an existing substation in the Town of Piercefield. An existing transmission line will bring the power from the Piercefield substation to the Tupper Lake substation.

Alternate Route: The route begins in Newton Falls in the Town of Clifton heading east through Cook Corners east along an existing snowmobile trail to State Route 3 and proceeding easterly to Sevey Corners in the Town of Colton. It would then continue east along State Route 3 to connect with an existing substation in the Town of Piercefield. An existing transmission line will bring the power from the Piercefield substation to the Tupper Lake substation.

Contact: Stephen Ramsey, Community Relations Manager, New York Power Authority, Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, 1378 State Route 30, North Blenheim, NY 12131, phone: 1-800-724-0309, Email address:steve.ramsey@nypa.gov.