SOURCE: Riverhead Resorts

June 11, 2008 10:13 ET

NYSDEC Protocol Guides Continuing Avian Studies on Riverhead Resorts' 755-Acre EPCAL Property

RIVERHEAD, NY--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Riverhead Resorts received recent correspondence from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) which outlines the agreed upon protocol to guide ongoing bird studies on the project's 755- acre EPCAL property in Calverton.

Avian studies will provide information regarding the bird species, which utilize the EPCAL site, the habitats utilized, and specific areas used for breeding and foraging by breeding birds. This information will be integrated into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed $2 billion themed resorts project, and will be considered by NYSDEC to delineate areas of concern, and to guide its environmental review pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR).

"We are very pleased to have reached accord with the NYSDEC on the scope of these extensive avian studies to ensure our efforts yield information to support a sound and balanced SEQR determination," stated Mitch Pally, Esq. of the Weber Law Group, project counsel.

The protocol outlined by the NYSDEC Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources is intended to help establish the baseline information necessary to design projects that meet both the economic needs and ecological needs of the State and local communities. Developing the additional breeding, foraging, and brood rearing information, in concert with the field studies already initiated by Riverhead Resorts, will create the baseline needed for that comprehensive assessment required by the NYSDEC.

Field studies have been continuing since February by Riverhead Resorts' avian specialists, accompanied by NYSDEC staff. All of these efforts have been closely coordinated, and the data shared. The field studies have been conducted by Scott Angus of Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc. under the supervision of Riverhead Resorts' lead environmental consultants, Cameron Engineering.

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