EEA responds to Environmental Quality Review 

NYS Department of Transportation   |   Staten Island Corporate Park  
Fulton Fish Market
   |   Mariner's Harbor   |   Strathmore Park   |   Mill Pond   |   Ross School
EEA Contact:  Denise Harrington

Examination of Federal, State and Local environmental regulations lead us to a wide array of reporting requirements and guidelines.  Within New York City and New York State, some of the more common documents generated include Environmental Impact Statements, popularly known as EIS's, Environmental Assessment Forms (EAF's) under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process and Environmental Assessment Statements (EAS's) dictated by the City Environmemntal Quality Review (CEQR) procedures.  These documents, and the regulations that govern them, were formulated to allow regulatory agencies, project sponsors, private organizations and other public venues to scrutinize the potential environmental impacts of a proposed action.  It also serves to allow project alternatives and mitigation measures to be presented.   Social, economic and environmental factors can be analyzed early in the planning and decision-making process.  Guidance through the review process can be critical to the accuracy and progress of these assessments.  EEA is well versed in responding to the specific requirements for these environmental review processes.
    

 
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NYS Department of Transportation
     
EEA has conducted numerous Environmental Impact Statements and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessments for the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).  Environmental Assessments include studies of hazardous materials, ecology  and noise analyses. Link to a list and description of the many NYSDOT projects performed by EEA:     NYSDOT Projects

 

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Staten Island Corporate Park EIS/EAS Series
Staten Island, NY
Client: The Nicotra Group
     
EEA has been at the forefront of ecological studies within the Staten Island Corporate Park (SICP) since the early 1980's when the first Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was conducted.  Within the 415-acre park lies freshwater and tidal wetlands,  Maritime Post Oak Forest Community, Persimmon Grove and a host of rare plant species.  EEA conducted wetland studies, rare plant surveys, upland community assessments, tree identification/surveys, coastal consistency analyses and wildlife studies within this ecologically rich area.  Two EAS reports under the CEQR process for 1) a proposed hotel/conference center, Office Park and retail center and 2) an office park were completed.  EEA coordinated State and Federal permitting and detailed analyses for all requirements of the EAS/EIS process.  Working with The Nicotra Group, habitat conservation efforts were key elements to craft successful proposed developments.

Aerial View of the SICP

 
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Fulton Fish Market Relocation EAS
Bronx, NY
Client: Ecological Sub-consultant to Urbitran Associates
     
The Fulton Fish Market, located on Manhattans' lower east side, has been in charge of distributing local fish catch for over 170 years.   It is an important part of New York City's history and economy.  When plans came about to move this living landmark to the Hunt's Point Produce Market in the Bronx, EEA team scientists were requested to conduct the Natural Resources, NYC Waterfront Revitalization analyses and Hazardous Materials assessments for a planned Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) under the CEQR process.

Local  Menhaden

 
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Marinerís Harbor EAS
Staten Island, NY
Client: Ecological sub-consultant to Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart, Inc.
     

Mariner's Harbor

Staten Island's north shore  working waterfront includes areas of tidal wetlands and adjacent uplands that were historically part of New York's maritime era.   The Mariner's Harbor area is well known as an area rich in coastal bird habitats, extensive tidal wetlands,  as well as extensive fill, once placed to allow for maritime manufacturing. Working with BFJ, staff scientists evaluated the Natural Resources of the Mariner's Harbor project site.  Folding in past site surveys conducted by EEA ecologists and other consultants, the Natural Resources information was presented in a CEQR EAS format.  In addition, Waterfront Revitalization and Hazardous Materials assessments were also conducted and presented in CEQR format.  Planning and design initiatives tied to environmental concerns for the project site and surrounding areas were also presented.
 
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Strathmore Park Ecological Assessments
Great Neck, NY
Client: Retnauer Design Associates
Located in the Village of Great Neck on Long Island, EEA scientists conducted a broad ecological and wetland assessment, as well as the regulatory permitting task, for a proposed "eco-park."  A greenspace corridor with trail linkages to Udall's Mill Pond and Little Neck Bay are also planned.

Strathmore Park

 
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MILL POND DEIS
Port Washington, NY
Client: Sandy Hollow Associates, LLC
This site was historically mined for sand and gravel in the 1930's and continuing till the early 1970's.  EEA prepared the natural resources sections of a DEIS for a proposed senior housing project in northwestern Nassau County.  EEA also conducted a wetlands assessment and an avian/herpetile utilization survey tied to existing on-site habitats.  A detailed ecological report was presented for incorporation into the DEIS.  Extensive review by local and State agencies were recently completed.
 
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THE ROSS SCHOOL DEIS
East Hampton, NY

 

 

Field Sparrow Nestlings

Client:  The Ross School

As a subconsultant to AKRF, EEA performed an ecological assessment of a 130-acre site located in the proposed Core Preservation Area of the Pine Barrens in East Hampton.  The subject site was partially developed and targeted for major expansion of a private educational facility.   Our tasks included botanical, herpetile, wildlife inventories, and an avian survey spanning all seasons. EEA conducted a tree inventory on site and refined the census methodology for an upcoming breeding bird survey.  EEA prepared the vegetative cover type map and Natural Resources narratives in support of the DEIS.

EEA Birding Survey Crew


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