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In-City Water Supply Resiliency

CEQR No. 15DEP029Q

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as lead agency, is preparing an environmental review as a part of its Water Supply Permit renewal with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. DEP seeks to disclose any potential adverse significant environmental impacts from rehabilitating and modernizing DEP’s groundwater supply system to ensure its viability to meet the city’s water supply needs as a supplement to upstate surface water supplies. The project will be reviewed in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process. DEP has owned, maintained, and operated a groundwater supply system in southeastern Queens since 1996. The Queens groundwater system is comprised of 44 well stations, which house a total of 68 water supply wells. These wells collectively have a permitted capacity of up to a five-year running average of 22,568 million gallons per year or 62 million gallons per day (mgd) with a 24,807 million gallon maximum in any single year or 68 mgd.

A Draft Scoping Document for the In-City Water Supply Resiliency project EIS was issued on May 12, 2017, and distributed for public review and comment. Public meetings are scheduled to be held to receive oral comments on the Draft Scope of Work for the DEIS. Notification of the public hearings will appear in local newspapers. These meetings will be held on the following dates and times with informal information and listening sessions taking place one hour prior to the meeting times listed at the same location:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, New York 11501

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM
The Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center
172-17 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans, NY 11434

These hearing locations are accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. American Sign Language interpreter services may also be made available upon written request to the DEP contact person named below, no less than 10 days prior to the hearing.

Written comments should be sent to the contact person listed at the end of this Notice and will be accepted until July 10, 2017. A Final Scope of Work, incorporating changes based on relevant comments received, will be issued. The Draft Scope of Work is available on the DEP website at: www.nyc.gov/dep/environmentalreviews, and at the repositories listed below. Additional hard copies are available upon written request to the Contact Person listed below.

Repositories:

New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Attn: Sangamithra Iyer, P.E.
59-17 Junction Blvd.
11th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

Manhasset Public Library
Second Floor, Reference Desk
30 Onderdonk Avenue
Manhasset, New York 11030

Contact:

Sangamithra Iyer, P.E. Director
Office of Water Supply Infrastructure and Watershed Assessment
Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
59-17 Junction Blvd., 11th Floor Flushing, NY 11373-5108
EISComments@dep.nyc.gov

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