Power Authority Reopens Niagara Fishing Pier
April 6, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The arrival of spring led to the reopening on Thursday, April 1, of the popular fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant—the Niagara Power Project’s main generating facility—as well as the reopening of the project’s Lewiston Reservoir for fishing.
This year’s pier reopening is marked by enhanced parking availability by the fishing platform and additional turnaround area. In addition to four handicapped-accessible parking spaces that were previously provided, the pier area now includes parking for up to 10 more vehicles. This is in addition to an upper-level parking area by the access road at the top of the Niagara River Gorge, from where anglers can access the pier by walking to staircases near the river’s edge. (The handicapped-access elevator is temporarily out of service for inspection.)
A fish-cleaning station by the pier will be operational once the threat of freezing overnight temperatures has passed.
The improvements at the fishing pier, undertaken last year, were provided for under relicensing commitments that NYPA made for the Niagara project, whose new license was issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2007. Those commitments also included measures for enhanced fishing access at the Lewiston Reservoir, with improvements undertaken there last year, as well.
The 1,900-acre reservoir holds water diverted from the Niagara River to generate power at the Niagara project’s Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant, which operates during periods of peak power demand to supplement electricity from the Moses plant.
The Niagara fishing pier and fish access areas at the Lewiston Reservoir are open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free, as it is for the nearby Niagara Power Vista, the Niagara project’s visitors center. The Power Vista features numerous educational exhibits—many interactive—on how electricity is used, transmitted and produced. The facility also includes an outstanding view of the lower Niagara Gorge.
■ 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.