Suggested Local / Regional Checklist

1. Waste Disposal Sites: past, present, proposed, subject to closure.

2. Industrial Parks or Zones: past, present, proposed.

3. Superfund Sites:

United States Environmental Protection Agency

4. Aquifer Maps: U.S. Soil and Water Conservation

Offices by County

5. Flood Plain Maps: FEMA

Flood Map Distribution Center
6930 (A-F) San Tomas Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227-6227
            (800) 638-6620      

6. United States Corps of Engineers Costal/Estuary Map
Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch
New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278-0090

7. Historical Districts: County Planning Departments

8. Freshwater Wetland Maps

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Local Community

9. Soil Study: by County as US Soil and Water Offices

10. State Lands, State Parks

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Agency Building 1
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York

11. Zoning Maps: by Township and County Planning Offices

12. Power Corridors, Pipelines, Transformer Stations

Power Authority of State of New York
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12210

13. Overlay Zones

1. Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Route 86
Ray Brook, New York 12977

2. NYC Water Supply Watershed
NYC Department of Environmental Protection

3. Greenway
Hudson River Valley Greenway Council
1 City Square
Albany, New York 12207

14. Highway Expansion Proposals:

New York State Department of Transportation

15. Tax Exempt Property: Local Assessor

16. National Farmland Trust-Conservation Easements

Local Conservancy (usually by County)

17. State Land Options or areas of active acquisition

By Agency: DEC, Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,
Transportation, Public Works, Pansy, General Services

18. Costal Regulations

Army Corps of Engineers

19. DEC Lead Agency Projects: Gravel Mines, reclamation projects, freshwater wetlands

Department of Environmental Conservation

20. Utility Fee Interests: (Possible Power Plant Sites)

Assessment Rolls, PASNY

21. Water Lines (buried):

Local Municipality of Special Water District under Public Works

22. Telephone Transmission Lines (buried)

Local Telephone Carrier,                    

23. Oil, Gas, Mineral, Timber Rights or Leases

Public Record - County Court House

24. Water Rights

Public Record - County Court House

25. Municipal Water Supply

Department of Public Works, Special Water Districts

26. Classified Streams, Regulated Lakes and Rivers

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

27. Federal Wildlife Sanctuary

United States Department of Interior

28. Threatened or Endangered Species Habitat Survey

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

29. Homeowners Associations/Common Driveway Common Rights of Way

New York State Department of Law

30. Federal Endangered Species Laws

United States Department of Interior
Fish and Wildlife Services
Leo W. O'Brien Federal Building
Albany, New York
            (518) 472-6492      

31. NYS Environmental Quality Review Manual

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Regulatory Affairs
50 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12233-1750

32. National Historic Trust

1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
            (202) 673-4000      

33. NYS Historical Society

170 Central Park West
New York, New York

34. Archaeological Sites and Review

DEC and Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Museum

35. County and Local Master Plans

County Planning Department and Local Municipality

36. New York State Planning Federation

488 Broadway, Suite 313
Albany, New York 12207

37. Center for Rural Land Use

Cornell University
Department of Agricultural Economics
Warren Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-7801

38. New York State Department of Law

Office of the Attorney General
Real Estate Financing Bureau
120 Broadway, 23rd Floor
New York, New York 10271

39. Water Resources Institute

Center for Environmental Research
468 Hollister Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

40. NYC Department of Environmental Protection (Watershed Lands)

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