Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cantine Dam (Diamond Mills Dam) owner applies for DEC Permit

Leading Edge Developers LLC
1001 Kings Hwy Ste a
Saugerties, NY 12477

Diamond Mills Dam
Partition St (US Rte 9W)|Esopus Creek
Saugerties, NY
Application ID:

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Project is Located:

Saugerties, Ulster County

Project Description:

The Department of Environmental Conservation has tentatively determined to issue the above referenced applicant a Freshwater Wetland permit. The permit would authorize a two to three foot, temporary draw down of the impounded pool on the Esopus Creek behind Diamond Mills dam, which is bordered by NYS Regulated Freshwater Wetland S-8, Class II.

The purpose of this temporary draw down is to stop flow over Diamond Mills dam, exposing the face of the dam so that structural integrity can be evaluated and investigative borings at the toe of the dam can be preformed. These steps are necessary in order to inform the planning of the eventual, overall rehabilitation of this dam. Rehabilitation is necessary to bring the dam into compliance with current dam safety standards, as required by the Order on Consent that DEC has entered into with the applicant to mandate the repair of this dam.

The draw down of the impounded pool will last no longer than three weeks in duration. DEC staff have determined that there will be minimal impacts to the Freshwater Wetland and associated habitat if this work is preformed prior to the amphibious hibernation period that typically occurs in the fall season.
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 an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form has been completed. The proposed activity will not impact on 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.
Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Sep 03, 2009.

Andrea Sheeran
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

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