On the eve of Earth Day, the Common Council did something nice for the environment, or so it seemed. They agreed to postpone, until June 16, voting on a resolution declaring the proposed sewer separation project, for which the City has a $600,000 grant, a Type II Action in order to do an environmental review and complete a SEAF (Short Environmental Assessment Form). There was some concern at the time about who would do the review and if it could be done in time, and last week, Gossips wondered what progress was being made.
At the informal Common Council meeting on Monday, Council president Don Moore had the answer. On April 22, he had contacted Saratoga Associates to find out if they were interested in doing the environmental review. The next day, Moore requested a proposal from Saratoga Associates and for that purpose provided what he characterized at Monday's meeting as "all the relevant information" about the project: the links to seven documents relating to the project on the City of Hudson website and "one explanatory description authored by Delaware [Engineering] for the Council." Five days later, Dan Shearer of Saratoga Associates responded: "I have reviewed the information you provided and share Delaware's opinion that this is a Type 2 action." How is it that two engineering firms agree that discharging hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated storm water annually into North Bay would not have an environmental impact that requires investigation?
Moore also announced at Monday's meeting that Delaware Engineering had done a draft SEAF. That entire document can be viewed here, but this is the puzzling part.
To Question 13 a and b and Question 15, the responses are NO. This would seem to be the correct answer if what is meant by "the site of the proposed action" is just the spot on North Front and State streets where the street will be dug up to access the sewer, but if the goal is to redirect storm water, shouldn't you also have to consider the place where the storm water is going to end up as part of the site? Apparently not, since the storm water will end up in North Bay, which is part of the state-designated Significant Fish and Wildlife Habitat known as Stockport Creek and Flats, and one of the denizens of North Bay is the least bittern, listed as threatened in New York State.
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