ENB - REGION 4 NOTICES

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Public Notice

Availability for Comment on a Draft Impaired Waters Restoration Plan/TMDL for Acid Rain Lakes

This notice announces the availability of a DRAFT Impaired Water Restoration Plan/Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for Acid Rain Lakes in the NYS Adirondack Forest Preserve. Public comment on this documents will be accepted for 30 days, through September 15, 2006.

BACKGROUND: States are required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and USEPA 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 Impaired Water Restoration Plan/TMDL for these acid rain lakes outlines a "phased" TMDL. Phased TMDLs represent an iterative adaptive management approach. Such an approach is appropriate in situations where the complexity of establishing allowable pollutant loadings creates significant uncertainty and the likelihood that TMDL loadings will be revised as additional information is collected.

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 dmwicker@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Please specify that you are interested in reviewing/commenting on the Acid Rain Lakes TMDL document. Comments on these draft plans can be submitted to the Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management, ATTN: Jeff Myers, at the above address.


Negative Declaration

Schenectady County - The Town Board of the Town of Niskayuna, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed L/O Wagner, Balltown Road will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the rezoning of 60 acres of land located on Balltown Road in the Town of Niskayuna from 1-R Research and Developemnt, l-G General Industrial and R-P Residential Professional to R-3 High Density Residential.

Contact: Kathleen Matern, Town of Niskayuna, One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309, phone: (518) 386-4530.


Schenectady County - The Planning Board of the Town of Niskayuna, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed GE Global Research Center, Magnetic Resonance Building Additions will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of two additions totaling 4,350 square feet in size to the existing Magnetic Resonance Building located at the GE Global Research Center in the Town of Niskayuna. The project will also include some minor site modifications to accommodate the proposed additions. The project is located at 1 Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY.

Contact: Kathleen Matern, Town of Niskayuna, One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309, phone: (518) 386-4530.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Delaware County - The Town of Meredith Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Meridale Farms Subdivision 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 Tuesday September 5, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at the Meredith Town Hall 4247 Turnpike Road, Meredith, NY. The action involves the residential subdivision of 1,100+/- acres into approximately 120 building lots ranging from 5 to 30 acres. Parcels will be restricted to one single family home per parcel with no further subdivision allowed. Each parcel will require individual well and septic. The project will require the reconstruction of an abandoned town road along with the construction of two new roads. A Property Owner's Association will be formed to provide maintenance for the new roads and associated infrastructure. The project is located at the intersection of State Route 28 and the Catskill Turnpike, Town of Meredith.

Contact: Keitha Capouya, Town of Meredith Planning Board, Meredith Town Hall, 4247 Turnpike Road, Meredith, NY 13806, phone: (607) 746-2431, fax: (607) 746-8544.


Notice of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Otsego County - The Village of Cooperstown Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Bassett Hall and Harrison House Parking Lots for Bassett Healthcare. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on September 12, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. at the Village Board Room, 11 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY. Public comments will be accepted by the contact person until Friday, September 22, 2006. The action involves development of two surface parking lots at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in the Village of Cooperstown, NY. A total of 134 parking spaces would be added. Bassett Hall is located at the intersection of Beaver and Pioneer Streets, and Harrison House is located at the intersection of Beaver and Fair Streets in the Village of Cooperstown.

Contact: Teri L. Barown, Village of Cooperstown, 22 Main Street, P. O. Box 346, Cooperstown, NY 13326, phone: (607) 547-2411.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

Rensselaer County - The Town Board of the Town of Brunswick, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Carriage Hill Estates Planned Development District. The action involves a proposed mixed residential use, originally consisting of one hundred six subdivided residential lots and two hundred four independent living senior apartment, and later revised to consist of one hundred six subdivided residential lots and one hundred seventy-eight independent living senior apartments within 17 buildings. The project is located on 217 acres, located on State Route 2 and County Route 140 (Pinewoods Avenue).

Contact: Philip H. Herrington, Town of Brunswick, 336 Town Office Road, Troy, NY 12180, phone: (518) 279-3461.