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NYPA Recognized for Recreational Upgrades at St. Lawrence-FDR Project

Michael Saltzman

April 5, 2006


MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) received an award Monday at the annual conference of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) in Washington, D.C., in recognition of its collaborative efforts with Northern New York communities for recreational improvements stemming from the federal relicensing of NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Project here.

“We appreciate the honor that the National Hydropower Association has conferred in selecting us for its Recreational Stewardship Award,” said Timothy S. Carey, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “It speaks of our commitment to significant recreational enhancements in the area of the St. Lawrence-FDR project, including state and local parks, beaches, campgrounds, boating sites, fishing piers, bath houses, in cooperation with our neighbors in St. Lawrence County. ”

The various recreational improvements for communities within project lands—Massena, Waddington, and Louisville—were provided for under the initial phase of work completed last year. The final phase of the $8 million enhancement program is expected to be completed by this summer.

In addition to the recreational improvements for the communities, two state parks within the project boundary—Coles Creek and Robert Moses State Park—are in the second year of an $11 million, five-year program for upgrades. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2009.

The Power Authority was one of five power producers from around the country receiving hydro achievement awards at this week’s NHA conference. The others were Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD), Grant County PUD, Georgia Power, and Seattle City Light.

The National Hydropower Association is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1983, to represent the U.S. hydropower industry. Its membership includes public and investor-owned utilities and independent power producers.

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