North Country Humming With
Improvements Linked To Power Authority Licensing Pact
April 1, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—Work now going on in communities
along the St. Lawrence River that are, or were, included in the boundary
of the New York Power Authority’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Power Project, is changing the look at some of the area’s favorite
recreational and environmentally-sensitive locales.
Phase one of improvements and enhancements to
recreation facilities in Massena, Waddington and Lisbon are scheduled
for completion in May of this year.
Power-Authority funded rehabilitation and
improvements at Robert Moses and Coles Creek State Parks has begun and
will continue on various projects through 2009. A variety of new
facilities, improved recreational sites and environmental enhancements
will make the state parks even more attractive to area residents and
tourists. The work is being conducted by the Thousand Islands Region of
the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
A large portion of eroding shoreline at Whitehouse
Point will be stabilized by the Power Authority this fall.
Habitat improvement projects include:
Osprey nesting platforms at Whitehouse Point,
Bradford Point and near Massena Intake will be installed by early
Grassland bird nesting habitat management on
Whitehouse Point and Ogden Island will be implemented beginning this
summer with the installation of fencing, mowing selected areas and
the erection of bluebird houses.
Common Tern nesting enhancements will be made
this spring on nine St. Lawrence Seaway navigation aids.
Design work is scheduled to be completed this
spring on improvements to the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area.
Projected work includes new dike work, dike restoration, new control
structures in some dikes and construction of an alternate outlet for
water to be released for wildlife management purposes. Construction work
is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2007.
Design of an eel ladder at the Robert Moses Power
Dam is virtually complete and installation is scheduled for later this
The $1 million St. Lawrence River Research and
Education Fund to provide financial support for environmental research
and education projects is expected to issue requests for proposals later