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For Immediate Release: March 14, 2022

Contact:
Keith P. McKeever | keith.mckeever@apa.ny.gov 
Public Information Officer | Adirondack Park Agency | Press Office | (518) 891-4050



APA and DEC Hold Joint Public Comment Period for Watercraft Decontamination Facilities

RAY BROOK, NY - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for a proposed amendment to the Generic Unit Management Plan/Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas. The Generic UMP provides information on the environmental setting, inventory of facilities, organizational structure, issues, constraints, management objectives, and effects for Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas in both the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.

The proposed amendment will allow for the construction and permanent placement of aquatic invasive species (AIS) decontamination facilities including equipment storage buildings, decontamination pad, and vehicle access. Watercraft contaminated with AIS is a common pathway for the introduction of AIS into a waterbody. The decontamination of watercraft is an effective tool to reduce the risk of invasive species introduction and spread.

Description of Watercraft Decontamination Facility:

- Single story building not to exceed 320 square feet with a height of fifteen feet or less above existing grade.

- Exterior walls and siding shall incorporate natural materials or wood siding to the extent possible to blend with existing surroundings.

- Site-specific modifications may need to be made on a case-by-case basis via a State Land Consultation with the APA.

To review the Amendment please use the following link:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_ej_operations_pdf/deconfacilityamendment.pdf

The Department of Environmental Conservation will accept comments on the proposed management action in the Campground GEIS/UMP through April 2, 2022.

Public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:

Josh Houghton, EPS2(NR)

NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253

Phone: (518) 457-2500

Email: campinfo@dec.ny.gov

The APA will accept public comments on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance of the UMP amendment through April 11, 2022

Please address all written comments related to the proposed amendment's conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to:

Megan Phillips, Deputy Director Planning

Adirondack Park Agency

P.O. Box 99

Ray Brook, NY 12977

Phone: (518) 891-4050

Email: SLMP_UMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov