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This morning, I reported that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is blasting Federal officials for proposing new ballast water treatment rules that DEC commissioner Joe Martens describes as neither adequate nor effective. I also...
New York state has faced intense political pressure to scrap tough ballast water rules designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Canada and other Great Lakes states hate New York’s rules, which require...
This morning on The 8 O’Clock Hour, I reported on the balance between economic and environmental concerns on the St. Lawrence Seaway. After all, what’s known as the “Seaway” is our St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes,...
A small drama on the Seaway is playing out on Christmas Day. A Liberian-registered German vessel, Hermann Schoening, is passing through the St. Lawrence River today and is expected to reach Massena’s locks this evening. Sixteen members...
News stories tagged with "seaway"
May 31, 2002 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting the finishing touches on a preliminary study of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system - what Corps officials call a "snapshot" of shipping on the waters. It recommends a more detailed, and more expensive, study that would consider building wider locks and deeper channels for bigger ships. Any possible construction would be years or even decades away. But seaway expansion critics are determined to stop the process in its tracks. David Sommerstein has this report. Go to full article
Feb 19, 2002 — It looks as though the Environmental Protection Agency will reject the idea of requiring cargo ships to get pollution permits before they're allowed to discharge ballast water. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more. Go to full article
Mar 15, 2001 — With so much snow still on the ground, spring can seem a long way off. But on the frigid St. Lawrence there is a sign of the warm days to come. Huge icebreakers are clearing a path for the international freighters that use the Seaway nine months of the year. After a long winter, the interior of North America will soon re-open to the Atlantic Ocean, and the rest of the world. David Sommerstein climbed aboard the Robinson Bay for one of the tugboat's first missions of the season--breaking ice in the canal between Eisenhower and Snell Locks near Massena. Go to full article
Mar 12, 2001 — The new relicensing team for the New York Power Authority is making good on its promise to be more sensitive to the concerns of local communities. NYPA is asking the federal government for approval to drop the town of Lisbon from the St. Lawrence Power Project boundaries. David Sommerstein reports the new-found cooperation may have come from political pressure. Go to full article
Mar 02, 2001 — After a period of public comment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking into navigational improvements for the entire Great Lakes system. The study could result in improvements to ports, docks, and shipping channels in the 5 lakes and along the St. Lawrence River. As David Sommerstein reports, it could also pose a threat to the marine ecosystem. Go to full article
Feb 23, 2001 — With the New York Power Authority and St. Lawrence County groups waging a public relations battle over the St. Lawrence power project relicensing deal, the county Chamber of Commerce is giving both sides a chance to sway local business leaders. At Clarkson University's Cheel Center yesterday, it was the Power Authority's turn to present its case. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 21, 2001 — When the New York Power Authority began the process of relicensing its St. Lawrence power project for another 50 years of operation, it tried to be a good neighbor and invited all the stakeholders to get involved: environmentalists who wanted to improve fish habitat; boaters who wanted better docks; host communities that want compensation for their lands that were lost and flooded nearly fifty years ago. For many, relicensing has represented a once in a lifetime opportunity to right past wrongs. In the final part of David Sommerstein's series on relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, this cooperative approach is breaking new ground nationwide. If it works, it could set a new standard for hundreds of other relicensing efforts slated for the next ten years. Go to full article
Feb 21, 2001 — As David Sommerstein reports, John Farrell, president of Save the River, a citizen action group protecting the St. Lawrence, and a researcher at Syracuse University's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, talks about the effects the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project has had on shoreline ecology on the St. Lawrence. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2001 — Drive along the St. Lawrence between Ogdensburg and Massena and you'll see a mosaic of public and private property. Beautiful riverside homes sit next to state picnic areas and town beaches. New York Power Authority marinas and recreation areas share the shoreline with Mohawk tribal lands. These diverse interests share one thing in common: the water in the wide St. Lawrence and 37 miles of its shoreline are used to make two million kilowatts of electricity at the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project near Massena. Nearly fifty years ago, the project flooded thousands of acres of marshes, farms, businesses, and houses. A series of public meetings began almost five years ago to hear from stakeholders looking for compensation as the New York Power Authority seeks a license to operate the project for another 50 years. After all the bargaining, when the Power Authority released a draft of its application in January, some groups cried foul and accused the Power Authority of not negotiating in good faith. In part 2 of David Sommerstein's series on the relicensing, local groups are stepping up their struggle to get a settlement they can live with for half a century, but in doing so, they risk losing what they've already been offered. Go to full article