A message from the Chaut. Co. Watershed Coordinator, Jeff Diers:
This message was sent out to Chautauqua Lake stakeholders several weeks ago. To ensure that everyone is aware of this important meeting I am re-sending the Public Notice information. The public notice is attached as a word document, as well as printed at the bottom of this email.
This email and associated content should be distributed, by you, to your various boards, committees, members, and contacts. The legal notice has been posted in the local papers as required by law. In addition to these efforts, the Post Journal should be running an article regarding this important meeting over the weekend.
These documents may also be viewed at: www.planningchautauqua.com and www.cedareden.com
I thank you in advance for distributing this information to your various stakeholders.
Jeff Diers, MS.
Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development
200 Harrison Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
SAV Management Plan Scoping Document
This notice has been prepared and is provided in accordance with article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law. The County of Chautauqua (County), as Lead Agency, pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act is evaluating a proposed project (Action), which as described below, consists of the development and implementation of a Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (SAVMP) for Chautauqua Lake.
The development and implementation of the SAVMP will be a multi-phased project that will consist of (1) identifying the problems to be addressed through a SAVMP for Chautauqua Lake; (2) collecting technical baseline information to define the existing condition of the water quality and biological resources; (3) mapping the watershed and the littoral zone and collecting data through a bathymetric survey; (4) completing a beneficial use study; (5) mapping and identifying submergent and emergent aquatic plants; (6) identifying possible management alternatives and assessing feasibility; (7) developing an implementation plan with monitoring controls; and (8) completing community outreach activities including organizing and holding public meetings throughout the process to collect information and community opinions.
The County, as Lead Agency has determined that the Action may have a significant adverse impact upon the environment and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared. The County has also determined that a Draft Scoping document should be prepared prior to the EIS. Copies of the Draft Scope are currently available at the County of Chautauqua Department of Planning and Economic Development office in Jamestown New York and on-line at: http://www.planningchautauqua.com/?q=watershed/2process_pastawards.htm
A public meeting to collect comments on the Draft Scope will be held on December 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm at the Hewes BOCES Center at 2615 North Maple Street (Route 394), Ashville, New York 14710. Written public comments will be accepted until January 12, 2013.
Lead Agency: County of Chautauqua, 3 North Erie Street, Mayville, New York 14757
For more information contact:
Mark Geise, Deputy Director
Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development
200 Harrison Street
Jamestown, New York 14701