Power Authority Selects
Watertown Firm to Manage St. Lawrence-FDR Improvements
March 30, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—New York Power Authority trustees, meeting
here Tuesday, selected Bernier Carr and Associates PC of Watertown to
perform construction management services for recreation and
environmental improvements that are part of NYPA’s new federal license
for the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena.
“We are committed to an ambitious and
wide-ranging series of improvements in the North Country,” said Louis P.
Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority. “That is why I am delighted
that we have a first-rate firm, thoroughly familiar with the area, to
oversee the work that goes into those improvements.”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
issued the new 50-year license for the project on Oct. 23, 2003 and
Power Authority trustees accepted it a month later. In December 2003,
the trustees authorized spending $169 million to comply with the new
license provisions. This included the costs of construction management.
Under the new license, the Power Authority is
required to build new and rehabilitate existing recreational facilities
as well as construct habitat improvement projects. This includes a
substantial rehabilitation of the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area.
The Power Authority has proposed that the work begin this year and
conclude by 2009. The contract with Bernier Carr will run through 2007
with options for extensions through 2009.