Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Fulton, Hamilton and Herkimer Counties - The New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Completion of the Draft Unit Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Public Meeting on the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Monday, November 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Caroga Lake Town Hall in Caroga Lake, New York. Public comments will be accepted by the contact person until November 24, 2006. The action involves a public meeting on the draft Unit Management Plan/EIS for the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. Proposed management actions include: improving trail information and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, including the development of accessible camping sites and two canoe access sites; designating and improving approximately 8.8 miles of existing unmarked foot trail and the development of approximately 7.0 miles of new trail; closing approximately 16.7 miles of snowmobile trail and maintaining the remaining trails and bridges in compliance with DEC standards and policies, the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP), and the 2003 DEC/APA Memorandum of Understanding; posting a number of roads against motor vehicle use, posting open roads for continued motor vehicle use, and temporarily closing one road to public motor vehicle use until it is rehabilitated; recommending reclassification of the West Lake Boat Launch to an Intensive Use Area; enacting special regulations to manage public use at Stewart Landing, such as parking, camping, swimming and trailered boat launching restrictions; and establishing and maintaining several quality fisheries. The project is located in the Towns of Stratford, Caroga, Oppenheim, Ephratah, Morehouse, Arietta, Salisbury and Ohio.
Contact: Eric J. Kasza, New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation, P.O. Box 89, 225 North Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350, phone: (315) 866-6330.