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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 Lakes’ 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

Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Pine Tree Road Office Building – Cornell University will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves site plan approval and special permit from the Town of Ithaca Planning Board and a height variance from the Town of Ithaca Zoning Board of Appeals for the proposed new office building located on Tax Parcel No. 63-1-3.4, in the Low Density Residential Zone. The proposal includes demolishing several dilapidated barns and other structures associated with the previous agricultural livestock operation and constructing a new three story, +/- 60,000 square foot office building for Cornell University. The project will also include new lighting, landscaping, walkways, stormwater facilities, and approximately 250 parking spaces. The project is located immediately east of 391 Pine Tree Road.

Contact: Susan Ritter, Town of Ithaca Planning Board, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 273-1747, fax: (607) 273-1704, email: sritter@town.ithaca.ny.us.


Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drake 13-Lot Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves subdivision approval from the Town of Ithaca Planning Board for the proposed 13-lot subdivision located on Mecklenburg Road (NYS Route 79) to the east of 1362 Mecklenburg Road, Town of Ithaca Tax Parcel No. 27-1-15.2, Agricultural Zone. The proposal involves the construction of a new cul-de-sac road off Mecklenburg Road for the development of 12 residential lots and one +/- 2.0-acre area reserved for open space. Approximately 62 acres of the original +/- 92.43-acre parcel will remain available for agricultural use. The project is located on Mecklenburg Road east of 1362 Mecklenburg Road, Town of Ithaca.

Contact: Michael Smith, Town of Ithaca, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 273-1747, fax: (607) 273-1704, email: msmith@town.ithaca.ny.us.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

Onondaga County - The Town of Salina Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter retail development. The Town Clerk will receive written comments on the FEIS until December 22, 2005. The action involves the development of an approximately 205,000 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter with paved parking spaces, access driveways, utilities and stormwater facilities on approximately 35 acres of vacant land; The project site is zoned C-3. The Project site is located at 7186 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090 within the Town of Salina, and is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of County Route 57 and County Route 88 (the “Liverpool Bypass”), near the New York State (“NYS”) Thruway interchange No. 38.

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was accepted by the Town of Salina Planning Board and declared adequate for public inspection on June 25, 2004. A Public hearing on the DEIS was held on July 29, 2004 and continued on August 19, 2004 and September 23, 2004, and public comments were accepted on the DEIS until October 7, 2004. A Final Environmental Impact Statement was accepted by the Town of Salina Planning Board and declared adequate for public inspection on December 1, 2005.

Contact: Chris Shepherd, Town Clerk, Town of Salina, 7186 Oswego Road, Salina NY 13088, phone: (315) 457-2710.