Environmental Assessment for Niagara Engine Company No. 6, Inc., Fire Station Directed Relocation, Village of Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York (March 2014)
Environmental Assessment for Niagara Engine Company No. 6, Inc., Fire Station Directed Relocation, Village of Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York (March 2014)///The Schoharie Fire Department Niagara Engine Company No. 6, Inc., building located at 133 Grand Street in the Village of Schoharie in Schoharie County, NY, experienced extensive damage during Hurricane Irene. The storm incident occurred August 26 to September 5, 2011, and was declared a major disaster on August 31, 2011 (FEMA 4020-DR-NY) and subsequently amended. The facility had been located in the 100-year floodplain. Flood damages rendered the fire station unsafe for use, and it was abandoned and will be demolished. The purpose of this project is to move the critical facility out of the 100-year floodplain and to construct a new facility at or above the 500-year floodplain, restoring full fire services for the residents of the Village of Schoharie. The need is to maintain public safety and operability for first responders during an emergency event. The environmental analysis is conducted in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 and FEMA’s regulations at 44 CFR Part 10./This Draft EA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.