Winter Recreational Enthusiasts Advised to be Aware of New Shoreline Improvements along the St. Lawrence River

Jill Chamberlain

January 13, 2010


MASSENA—Improvements recently undertaken by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) along the St. Lawrence River in connection with the Authority’s relicensing in 2003 of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project have resulted in modified shoreline conditions that winter recreational enthusiasts, including ice fishermen, snowmobilers and snowshoers, are advised to be attentive to in order to ensure safety. 

Shoreline stabilization measures consisting of the placement of rock riprap (graded rock) have been completed at NYPA’s Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch in Massena, the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area (WHWMA) in the Town of Louisville and the Coles Creek Marina and State Park in Waddington. 

The measures are most noticeable at the new WHWMA Dike, which separates the East and West pools in place of the sunken road that previously existed. Ice has already formed in that area, and a silt curtain construction barrier, supported by metal stakes, still surrounds the work site.  The barrier, which is used to protect the environment by containing sediments, may be difficult to see at night and the public is encouraged to use extreme caution.

In the vicinity of the Coles Creek Marina, a new offshore rock berm has been installed along the shoreline opposite the marina, in an area used by ice fishermen and snowmobilers. The shoreline is steeper than it has been in previous years.

Coles Creek State Park has also had new stone installed along the easternmost portion of the shoreline, at the location of the old beach. Snowmobilers are advised to use caution in that area when sledding along the river, as there is now large stone where the beach’s sandy area used to be.

Also, at Coles Creek, there is continuing shoreline stabilization at the western end of the park along the campground section.

The modifications by NYPA are elements of a comprehensive relicensing settlement agreement with parties that included the local communities in the North Country, New York State and federal agencies and environmental groups. 

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. ■ More than 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, www.nypa.gov.


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