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ENB Region 6 Notices 4/21/2021

Negative Declaration

Herkimer County - The New York State Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Route 51 over Steele Creek Bridge Replacement will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the replacement of the Route 51 over Steele Creek bridge with a new structure on existing horizontal alignment and new vertical alignment to increase clearance above the creek. The new structure will have a larger span to accommodate the flows of Steele Creek. Steele Creek will also be widened and deepened to increase hydraulic capacity. Right-of-Way acquisition for construction and access, including building removals will be required. Proposed tree removals will be necessary for construction activities. The project is located on NYS Route 51 in the Village of Ilion and Town of German Flatts, New York.

Contact: Brian Hoffmann, NYS DOT, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501, Phone: (315) 793-2429, E-mail: Brian.Hoffmann@dot.ny.gov.


Jefferson County - The Town of Pamelia Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Redevelopment of Lands by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposed travel center to include a new primary building (containing approximately 12,750 ± square foot) housing a convenience store and two quick serve restaurants, one with a drive-thru; separate fueling islands and canopies for cars (12 fueling positions) and tractor trailers (8 diesel fueling positions); parking for approximately 75 cars and approximately 97 tractor trailers; a truck weighing scale; stormwater management facilities; utilities; site lighting; LED-illuminated signage; landscaping; and other associated improvements. The project is located at the intersection of NYS Route 12 and Interstate 81 in the Town of Pamelia, New York.

Contact: Walter Van Tassel, Town of Pamelia, 25859 NYS Route 37, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-9793.


Jefferson County - The Town Wilna Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wilna Solar will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a 3 MW ground mounted solar energy facility, access road and security and utility infrastructure. Upon completion, the proposed project will provide renewable power to the existing electrical grid via an interconnection point at 42459 County Route 41 in Natural Bridge, Town of Wilna, New York.

Contact: Jon Storms, Town of Wilna, 414 State Street, Carthage, NY 13619, Phone: (315) 493-2771, E-mail: twilnaclerk@westel.com.


Jefferson County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Mined Land Reclamation Permit Application Submitted by Thousand Islands Ventures, LLC will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to expand their existing sand and gravel mine operation to include additional 18.0 acres to the currently approved 26.2 acre life of mine (LOM) area. The proposed expansion area is northeast of the current mine. The project site is on the applicant's property. The proposed expansion area is currently a vacant lot consisting of mixed hardwoods and conifers. The mine is intended to operate as a traditional surface sand and gravel mine using conventional sand and gravel mining practices, removing material with a loader and screening and crushing on site. Mining is not proposed to occur below the water table. Topsoil and overburden will be stripped and stored in berms and/or stockpiles for final reclamation. Final reclamation objectives will restore the area to a grassland meadow. The reviewed LOM expansion area is 18.0 acres.. The project is located at 37517 County Route 4 (Crystal Springs Road), approximately one mile from the County Route 4/NYS Route 12E intersection, in the Town of Clayton, New York.

Contact: Frank Benedetto, NYS DEC Region 6 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2248, E-mail: DEP.R6@dec.ny.gov


Lewis County - The Lewis County Legislature, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Lewis County Agricultural and Farmland Enhancement Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of a county-wide agricultural and farmland protection plan. This plan was developed with funding support from Lewis County and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. It documents current conditions of agriculture in Lewis County, identifies critical issues and needs, and recommends many strategies and actions to improve the agricultural economy and sustainability of area farms. The Plan had significant input from Lewis County's many agriculturally-related organizations and agencies, farmers, agri-businesses in the County, and others over an 18-month time period. It includes updated information on Lewis County from the federal Agricultural Census, new ag-economic data, and up-to-date maps. Other key sections of the Plan include an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for agriculture, long-term vision and goals, a series of recommended strategies to enhance agriculture in Lewis County, and an action Plan to guide implementation of programs over the next few years. The project is located throughout Lewis County, New York.

Contact: Casandra Buell, Lewis County, 7660 North State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-5330, E-mail: casadrabuell@lewiscounty.ny.gov.


St. Lawrence County - The New York Power Authority (NYPA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Replacement of Elevated Water Tank and Demolition of Old Water Ball will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The New York Power Authority operates a potable water system at the St. Lawrence F.D.R. Power Project (STL), located on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York. The system provides potable, fire protection, and general service water to the site. The distribution system is comprised of an elevated water storage tank and ductile iron water mains. The existing 158 foot tall, 126,000 gallon elevated water storage tank (water ball) was constructed in 1958 and needs replacement. A new 201,000 gallon elevated water storage tank is proposed to replace the existing water ball. The new tank will provide storage to meet average, peak, and fire demands for existing and future scenarios. The new tank will be a composite glass-fused-to-steel structure mounted on a concrete pedestal approximately 150 feet tall. The existing water ball and foundation will be demolished following commissioning of the new water storage tank.

Contact: Erika Cozza, NYPA, 123 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 287-3654, E-mail: erika.cozza@nypa.gov.


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