Fishing Pier at Base of NYPA Project will be Closed April 3 and 4

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Lou Paonessa
(716) 286-6651

February 14, 2012


LEWISTON—The fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project will be closed to the public on April 3 and 4.

A cable car that runs across the lower Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston, Ontario, is being permanently removed along with its cable. The 715-foot steel cable is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environment Canada and was installed in 1973 to monitor the flow of water in that section of the river. Since other means are being used to monitor the water flow, the cable is no longer needed and is being removed as a safety measure.

Access to the fishing pier will be closed for safety reasons while the cable is removed. The U.S. Coast Guard will establish a temporary perimeter in the river within the work area that will prevent boat travel upstream of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. The river shoreline can still be accessed using the stairway at the lower fisherman’s parking lot at the power project

NYPA and Ontario Hydro have shared maintenance duties for the cable’s upkeep and NYPA is contracting Hohl Industrial Services, a Buffalo firm, to undertake the cable’s removal.

About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information,

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