Friday, December 26, 2008
A closer look is needed
In regard to the Partition Street Project and its impact on the Saugerties Village Waste Treatment Plant, the adjoining wetlands, disturbance of plant, fish and wild life and public access.
DISTURBANCE OF FISH and WILDLIFE ESTUARY:
PDF DOWNLOAD “SIGNIFICANT HABITATS AND HABITAT COMPLEXES OF THE NEW YORK BIGHT WATERSHED”, the Esopus Creek entering the Hudson River is a tributary for spawning habitat for herrings and overwintering areas for black bass species, just to name a few. It is determined that there are six wintering sites that are extremely important or critical to the maintenance of the Hudson River black bass stocks including Esopus Creek. THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT PDF
Local fishermen and sportsmen have used the lower Esopus Creek (right below dam) for centuries as an important resource for their recreation and livelihood. The Partition Street Project will have an adverse affect on this recognized estuary and historically significant resource, if permitted as indicated in the current plans that have been submitted and expressed to Saugerties Village Board.
References: http://training.fws.gov/library/pubs5/web_link/text/upp_hud.htm and http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html
SASS - IV. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: PDF DOWNLOAD
Please note that the referenced property is located at the (formerly known as) "Barclays Dam" and is within the "Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance" (published by the New York State Department of State, 1993) and therefore is subject to review. This was incorporated in the Saugerties Village's Waterfront Revitalization Plan originally drafted in 1985 and published as the village's Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan in 1986.
"Whether within or outside a designated SASS all proposed actions subject to review under federal and State coastal acts or a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program must be assessed to determine whether the action could affect a scenic resource and whether the action would be likely to impair the scenic beauty of the scenic resource."
I've included the section of the "ULSTER NORTH SCENIC AREA OF STATEWIDE SIGNIFICANCE" that can be found in its entirety at http://www.nyswaterfronts.com/waterfront_developed_SASS.asp for your convenience.
VILLAGE OF SAUGERTIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE POLICY BOOK:
It is noted in the Village of Saugerties Waterfront Advisory Committee’s Policy Book in 21A, 22A, and SCENIC QUALITY POLICIES that the Partition Street Project would violate its guidelines and policies. In fact, Policy 24 almost paraphrases the SASS report above: “Prevent Impairment of Scenic Resources of Statewide Significance as identified on coastal area map.” It goes on to list the inclusions which list many of the guidelines which the Partition Street Project would violate, if permitted to be built as described by its owners’ representatives at the planning board meeting that was held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 7:00PM.
PATTERN OF NON-COMPLIANCE at DOCK ST WASTEWATER PLANT
SPDES# NY-0031208: PDF DOWNLOAD
I'd would also like to reiterate my concerns about the repeated pattern of non-compliance indicated in DEC records. My reasearch dates back from January 2000 (the first two quarters of) , including 09/18/04, 03/28/05, 04/06/05, 10/25/05, 01/31/06, 02/03/06, 06/28/06.
EPA reports indicate that SAUGERTIES (V) DOCK STREET STP, PDF DOWNLOAD
FRS ID: 110006621021 has been in non compliance eleven (11) quarters in the last (3yrs) NPDES Effluent Charts: http://www.epa-echo.gov/cgi-bin/effluents.cgi?permit=NY0031208
These non compliance reports indicate a systemic problem with the plant operations and should compel your attention and further study before the Partition Street Project connection is permitted.