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ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 01/13/2021

Niagara County


Town of Newfane
2737 Main St
Newfane, NY 14108 -9740


Olcott Harbor Breakwater
500 Ft N of Existing Federal Piers at Olcott Harbor
Olcott, NY 14126

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters

Project is Located:

Newfane, Niagara County

Project Description:

The applicant proposes to construct an offshore breakwater approximately 400 feet in length 500 feet north of the ends of the existing federal piers at Olcott Harbor, which would either be a steel sheet pile cellular structure or a rubble mound stone structure, depending on cost and constructability. The project also includes the placement of stone on the inside and outside of the piers. The stone would extend the west pier approximately 75 feet northward and extend the east pier about 100 feet northward. It is anticipated that less than 100 cubic yards of material would be dredged to facilitate placement of the breakwater and stone. The project has been designed to help attenuate wave conditions in the harbor and prevent overtopping of the piers.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: Newfane Town Board

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Evaluation using a Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form or other information has concluded that the proposed activity will not impact registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)

It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jan 28, 2021.


David S Denk
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

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