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ENB Region 6 Notices 2/3/2021

Negative Declaration

Herkimer and Oneida Counties - The Village of Herkimer, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water System Improvements Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Village of Herkimer owns and operates a municipal water system that is equally supplied by the Village's wells and the Gravesville reservoir. Raw water is conveyed to the Village water treatment plant (WTP) from the Gravesville reservoir in the Town of Russia through a 19 mile long transmission main, which was originally installed in 1929 and has significantly deteriorated over the years. The wells do not have enough capacity to support the Village's water demand. An alternative water source and improvements to the existing distribution system are needed in order to provide residents with a secure water supply. In addition, the Village's existing distribution system is aging and in need of upgrades.

The Village is proposing to decommission the existing Gravesville transmission main in place. New private wells will be drilled for the existing properties that currently obtain raw water directly from the transmission main. One new well and associated well house would be installed at the Village's existing well site to supplement their existing wells, which would be used as the primary water source. A new water transmission main and booster pump station would be installed to connect the Village WTP to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority (MVWA) transmission main on W German Street. The MVWA connection would be used as a backup water supply. In addition, the Village is proposing various distribution system improvements, including the installation of approximately 50,000 linear foot of new and replacement water main and the replacement of existing valves, hydrants, and lead water services. The Village's existing 4 inch water mains will be replaced with larger diameter (8 inch) pipes, and new water main will be installed to loop existing mains at dead ends. Auto-flushing hydrants are proposed to be installed on selected existing dead end water mains. The project also includes various improvements to the existing WTP and one new water storage tank.

The project is located in the Village of Herkimer and Towns of Herkimer, Newport, and Russia in Herkimer County and Town of Deerfield in Oneida County, New York.

Contact: Mark A. Netti, Village of Herkimer, 120 Green Street, Herkimer, NY 13350, Phone: (315) 866-3303, E-mail:

St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Review of a Mined-Land Reclamation Permit Application - Ireland Road Sands, LLC will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to develop and operate a 19.9 acre sand and gravel mine within a 35.6 acre parcel west of the Ireland Road. The project site is David Goldie property, approximately 0.5 miles south of the intersection with the Sand and Ireland Roads, in the Town of Hammond, New York. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface extraction of the Raquette Sandy Loam which is the predominate soil type on the site. Mining is proposed for below the local water table. Excavation will be done by mechanical equipment, standard for sand and gravel mining operations, and for removal of material below the local water table. Material will be stockpiled as unprocessed run-of-bank or processed with portable screens and crushers. Maximum processing rates for the screen and crushing operations may exceed 150 tons-per-hour (TPH). Final reclamation will restore the site to a 12 ± acre open water surface within uniformly graded and revegetated open land. Upland reclamation will include the replacement of stockpiled topsoil, and reseeding with an approved USDA SCS seed mixture. The reviewed Life-Of-Mine (LOM) area is 19.9 acres.

Contact: Molly L. Farrell, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 836-6470, E-mail:

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