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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Notice of Complete Application

Release Date: August 30, 2021
This project proposes a fall/winter drawdown of Greenwood Lake as part of a "Water Level Management Plan" for multi- purposes including aquatic nuisance vegetation control and shoreline maintenance and repair activities.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 

Notice of Complete Application 

 Date: 08/02/2021 

                        Applicant: NEW JERSEY DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (NJDEP)  MAIL CODE 501-04 

 PO BOX 420 

 TRENTON, NJ 08625-0420 

 Facility: GREENWOOD LAKE DAM 

 E SHORE RD 

 GREENWOOD LAKE, NY 

 Application ID: 3-3354-00694/00002 

 Permits(s) Applied for: 1 - Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands 

 Project is located: in WARWICK in ORANGE COUNTY 

Project Description: 

This project proposes a fall/winter drawdown of Greenwood Lake as part of a "Water Level Management Plan" for multi- purposes including aquatic nuisance vegetation control and shoreline maintenance and repair activities. Greenwood Lake is an impounded water body located within Passaic County, New Jersey and Orange County, New York. The state of New Jersey owns the dam and is responsible for the drawdown. Implementation of the management plan is a collaborative effort by the Greenwood Lake Commission and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The project will result in a drawdown of a maximum of five feet and is scheduled to commence in October 2021 with refilling of the lake starting on or around January 1, 2022, subject to public water supply considerations. The drawdown will affect NYS regulated wetland GR-5 (class 2) located at the head of the northeast arm of the lake and will result in exposure of the lake bottom in this arm and also the northwest arm as well as areas along the entire shoreline extending out 25-30 feet. The management plan calls for a four year interval for drawdowns. Drawdowns of Greenwood Lake have been conducted periodically since the early 1990`s and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has previously conducted a coordinated SEQR review and made a determination of non-significance for this project in 2005 which remains in effect because there have been no changes to this project since the 2005 significance determination. 

Individuals, municipalities and other parties wishing to conduct work at the shoreline and within the exposed lake bottom in New York waters will require permit approval from the NYS DEC. An expedited permit process for routine maintenance work will be available. 

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 not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action. 

SEQR Lead Agency None Designated 

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination 

 The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity. 

Availability For Public Comment Contact Person 

 Comments on this project must be TRACEY L O'MALLEY 

 submitted in writing to the Contact NYSDEC 

 Person no later than 08/19/2021 21 S Putt Corners Rd 

 or 15 days after the publication date New Paltz, NY 12561 

 of this notice, whichever is later. (845) 256-3054