SUMMARY OF NYPA LICENSE APPLICATION AND PROPOSAL

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Financial Agreement

  • The Financial agreement will contribute to at least $115 million to the local communities over the next 50 years.
  • The Task Force and NYPA have agreed to a community enhancement fund that will guarantee $2 million annually over the 50-year license and provide an advance payment of $4 million upon signing. Annual payments start once the license has been issued by FERC.
  • The Task Force and NYPA have also agreed to establish an additional funding mechanism based on net generation at the St. Lawrence-FDR plant. The High Water Flow Adjustment would be triggered when annual net generation exceeds 7 million megawatt hours. Based on historic water flows, the adjustment will likely produce at least an additional $10.9 million over the next 50 years.
  • The funds will be distributed based upon a formula developed by the Task Force.
  • The agreement may be reviewed every 10 years beginning in 2013.

LOCAL RECREATION FACILITIES - 7.8 million

NYPA proposes to design and construct new or rehabilitated
Project recreational facilities in the affected communities at an
estimated cost of $7.8 million.

TOWN OF LISBON RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Lisbon Town Beach:

  • Upgrade water supply
  • Rehabilitate boat launch
  • Install floating dock with baffles extending in water from bottom of dock at boat launch
  • Build bathhouse with water and sewer for campsites
  • Replace RV dump site
  • Additional 30 electrified and 4 ADA compliant camp sites
  • Additional parking at campground

TOWN AND VILLAGE OF WADDINGTON RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Whittaker Park

  • Rehabilitate recreation fields, playground and court fencing in Whittaker Park including subsurface drainage under baseball field
  • Replace restroom in Whittaker Park
  • Build new boat launch and parking east of the existing Boat Launch at Whittaker Park; retain existing launch for overflow use.
  • Provide toilet facilities that connect to sewage treatment plant at Boat Launch at Whittaker Park
  • Provide floating dock for 5-7 boats near Boat Launch at Whittaker Park

Waddington Town Beach

  • Rehabilitate beach, replace floats and playground at Waddington Town Beach
  • Replace bathhouse at Waddington Town Beach
  • Replace concession stand at Waddington Town Beach
  • Replace picnic shelter at Waddington Town Beach
  • Provide floating dock at Town Beach to accommodate five boats

Island View Park, Brandy Brook and Little Sucker Brook

  • Rehabilitate existing fixed dock at Island View Park
  • Improve soil conditions and plant trees at Island View Park
  • Install additional narrow finger piers at Island View Park Boat Slips
  • Boat Launch at Brandy Brook (part of Parks Package)
  • Construct car-top boat launch to provide access to Little Sucker Brook, with access road and parking.

TOWN OF LOUISVILLE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Whalen Park

  • Pave drives, walkways and parking lots in Whalen Park
  • Rehabilitate Handicapped Accessible Fishing Pier in Whalen Park
  • Upgrade bathhouse mechanical and plumbing systems in Whalen Park
  • Replace see-saw, slide and base material in Whalen Park
  • Build trail, picnic area and floating dock on Sand Island
  • Build walkway from Whalen Park to Massena Country Club

Massena Country Club, Sandy Beach, Coles Creek, and Wilson Hill

  • Massena Country Club - Golf Course Drainage Improvements
  • Provide floating dock at Country Club to accommodate twelve to fourteen boats (contingent upon approval of agencies)
  • Provide informal facilities at Sandy Beach (gravel for parking, picnic tables at either end of beach and boulder barrier along the road)
  • Provide informal facilities on Coles Creek (parking and car-top boat launch)
  • Provide for access spurs from trails in WHWMA to Wilson Hill Road

TOWN AND VILLAGE OF MASSENA RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Massena Town Beach

  • Rehabilitate Bathhouse including replacement of septic at Massena Town Beach
  • Install intrusion alarms at Bathhouse at Town Beach
  • NYPA will replace and install playground at Town Beach
  • Rehabilitate beach at Town Beach including sidewalk, curb & sand.
  • Reconstruct parking lot at Town Beach
  • Replace signage at Town Beach
  • Utility vaults will either be retained and renovated or replaced with septic tank and leach field.
  • Replace metal storage building at Town Beach with a building at least 24' x 30' at location identified by Town.
  • Remove or cover protruding stones in picnic areas with topsoil in consultation with the Town
  • Replace softball backstop
  • Provide code-compliant electricity to the picnic pavilions at Town Beach
  • Provide a new tollbooth at Town Beach/ADA compliant

Massena Intake

  • Expand/Rehabilitate Massena Intake boat launch including improved lighting at launch and intrusion alarm at bathroom
  • Provide for ADA compliant facilities (parking spaces, pathway to picnic area, paved area for table and grill, and picnic table)
  • Expand parking at Massena Intake boat launch
  • Provide handicapped fishing access at Massena Intake (at old bridge abutment)
  • Pave the loop trail at Massena Intake
  • Repair or replace surface of path of Richards Landing Dike

Hawkins Point

  • Rehabilitate boat ramp and docks at Hawkins Point Boat Launch
  • Add additional dock that is approachable from both sides at Hawkins Point
  • Upgrade parking at Hawkins Point Overlook and reconfigure parking lot to accommodate vehicles with boat trailers
  • Install lighting at Hawkins Point Boat Launch
  • Provide handicapped fishing access at Hawkins Point
  • Provide ADA parking at Hawkins Point near boat launch


ST. LAWRENCE RIVER INSTITUTE - 24.1 million
  • The St. Lawrence Aquarium and Ecological Center Inc., (SLAEC), and NYPA have entered into an agreement to provide financial and other support for the proposed aquarium/research center.
  • NYPA is prepared to underwrite approximately half the cost of the center, provided that certain conditions intended to help ensure successful operation are met no later than June 30, 2004.
  • The center is not proposed as a Project facility and, although mentioned in the application materials, will not be included in the new Project license.


SHORELINE STABILIZATION - 3.7 million
  • NYPA proposes to perform stabilization work that has been identified in NYPA studies. Implementation of this work will be completed in consultation with the successor to the Land Management and Recreation Sub-committee.
  • Up to 25 percent of the total will be available for small projects requested by adjoining landowners.


NAVIGATION HAZARDS - $348,000

NYPA proposes to install information kiosks and staff gages at eight boat launch locations and mark specific hazard areas with buoys.


LOCATION OF PROJECT BOUNDARY

Upstream of Iroquois Dam

  • NYPA proposed to remove the Town of Lisbon and a small portion of the Town of Waddington from the project boundary by terminating the project immediately upstream of the Iroquois Dam.
  • If FERC approves the change, approximately 246 acres of shoreline on the mainland will be conveyed to the Towns of Lisbon and Waddington or adjoining landowners.
  • Galop Island will remain in state ownership under the jurisdiction of State Parks. NYPA will provide $300,000 for recreational enhancements to Galop and Ogden Islands. Parks will work with the Towns of Lisbon and Waddington to determine the enhancements.

Downstream of Iroquois Dam

  • The project boundary downstream of Iroquois Dam would be reduced to a location 25 feet inland from the high water mark; in ecological sensitive areas, the new boundary would be 100 feet inland. Approximately 350 acres will be conveyed to the Towns or adjoining landowners.
  • All lands currently with project structures or within parks, islands and wildlife management areas would remain in the boundary.
  • If FERC approves the changes, the communities will receive approximately 600 acres of land under this agreement. Combined with the 895 acres of surplus land expected to be conveyed in the next several months, the local communities will benefit from an additional 1500 acres added to the tax base.


ENHANCEMENTS FOR STATE PARKS
  • NYPA proposes to design and construct new or rehabilitated Project recreational facilities in the Coles Creek State Park and Robert Moses State Park at estimated costs of $4.4 million and $6.8 million, respectively.
  • NYPA proposes to enhance informal recreational facilities on Galop and/or Ogden Island at an estimated cost of $300,000.


ENHANCEMENTS TO ADDRESS ECOLOGICAL ISSUES

HABITAT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS - 23.5 million

NYPA will design, construct, operate, maintain, and monitor eleven HIPs within Project lands and waters that will benefit fish, waterfowl, and other aquatic and terrestrial species.

FUTURE HABITAT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS - 3.9 million

The Future HIP Fund will cover the design, construction, monitoring, operation, and maintenance costs of future, currently unidentified, HIPs in the St. Lawrence River that will benefit the ecology of the River during the term of the new license.

WILSON HILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - 9.6 million
NYPA will rehabilitate the WHWMA including:

  • Rehabilitate existing dikes
  • Construct structure to separate East and West pools
  • Construct improved water control structures
  • Rehabilitate and provide new recreational facilities

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FUND - 1 million

The Research and Education Fund will provide financial support for environmental research and education projects relating to the ecology of the St. Lawrence River in the vicinity of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project.

FISH ENHANCMENT, MITIGATION AND RESEARCH FUND - $24 million

  • With this fund, DOI will conduct fisheries research and construct mitigation/enhancement projects. DOI will endeavor to use local engineers, contractors, and labor for constructing mitigation/enhancement projects.
  • DOI will control the fund, but will consult with NYPA and DEC on both research and projects. DEC has veto power over projects undertaken in New York waters.
  • DOI reserves its right to prescribe fish passage facilities. NYPA reserves its right to challenge any prescription.
  • DOI will support NYPA's application for a 50-year license and the settlement agreement including the project boundary and land management component.

UPSTREAM EEL PASSAGE - $5 million

  • As part of the agreement with DOI, NYPA agreed to design, construct, and operate an upstream fish ladder for American eel.
  • The engineering and design for this facility will begin in 2002.

POWER ALLOCATION
  • Currently, 8.5% of St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project capacity or 68 MW is sold under contract to 7 neighboring states.
  • NYPA is proposing that the current license article requiring a "reasonable" amount of power be allocated to the neighboring states not be carried forward into a new license.

MOHAWK ISSUES

To address the potential impacts on cultural resources, NYPA is developing a Programmatic Agreement and will prepare a Cultural Resources Management Plan.

The Authority is continuing its negotiations with the SRMT and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on these and other issues, but no agreement has been reached.




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