NYPA Awards Contract to Gouverneur Firm for Eel
September 2, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has awarded
a $1.65 million contract to B-S Industrial Contracting, Inc., of
Gouverneur, for construction of an eel ladder at the St.
Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, to be completed by next
Studies conducted as part of the process leading to the
relicensing of the NYPA hydroelectric project identified a need for the
ladder, or passageway.
“The upstream eel ladder will provide safe passage over
the St. Lawrence-FDR Project’s Robert Moses Power Dam to the upper St.
Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, where migrating eels will grow and
mature prior to returning to the ocean,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPA
President and Chief Executive Officer. “The ladder is one of the
wide-ranging fish and wildlife measures we committed to in connection
with the 50-year federal license issued for the hydroelectric project in
late 2003 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC]. We’re
looking forward to its construction.”
B-S Industrial submitted the low bid for the eel ladder
construction, competing against three other firms, from New York and
Connecticut, who also provided proposals. The Gouverneur company
previously installed an eel ladder for Brascan Power, at its Oswego
Falls hydro facility on the Oswego River, a tributary to Lake Ontario.
Its work experience also includes installation of heavy-duty equipment
at Alcoa and GM Powertrain facilities, in Massena.
FERC approved the design of the eel ladder last week.
The Power Authority also consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
concerning the ladder.
A unique feature of the ladder system is that the eels
will be safely delivered to a release point approximately 900 feet
beyond the power dam.
NYPA plans to spend about $66 million for fish and
wildlife projects as part of its St. Lawrence-FDR license commitments to
enhance the St. Lawrence River environment and area tourism. It also is
spending millions of dollars more for improvements and enhancements for
parks and other recreational facilities in the area, with some of those
initiatives already completed.
The 800,000-kilowatt St. Lawrence-FDR project, which
began producing electricity in 1958, provides low-cost power for Alcoa,
GM Powertrain, and three investor-owned utilities, for resale without
profit to their residential and farm customers.