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ENB - Statewide Notices 2/6/2019

Positive Declaration and Availability of Draft Scope

Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed NYS DEC Artificial Reef Program may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared.

The Draft Scope is available from contact listed below and on line at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7896.html. Public comments on the draft scoping document will be accepted through February 26, 2019, by either direct mailing to the contact listed below or by e-mail at FW.Marine@dec.ny.gov (enter "Draft Reef Scoping" in the subject line). A letter of positive declaration has been completed supporting the determination that this action may have potentially significant impacts on the environment the project is located in. This letter will be available through the NYS DEC Artificial Reef Program webpage: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7896.html.

The proposed action would update the existing NYS DEC Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) and Reef Plan through the completion of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to address proposed programmatic questions in the GEIS. This action is required for future reef permit acquisitions to renew existing reef sites, increase existing reef site dimensions and create new sites located in the Coastal Marine District of New York.

The proposed action involves the continuation and expansion of twelve existing NYS DEC Artificial Reef Program sites located in the Atlantic Ocean, Great South Bay and Long Island Sound. This action has the potential to affect the local associated environments and wildlife through introduction of reef building materials used to enhance the local habitat for marine life.

The project is located in the New York State Coastal Marine District and adjacent Federal Waters.

Contact: Christopher LaPorta, NYS DEC - Division of Marine Resources, 205 North Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY 11733, Phone: (631) 444-0438, Fax: (631) 444-0484, E-mail: FW.Marine@dec.ny.gov


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