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St. Lawrence Water To Aid Montreal

The binational board that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River announced last week it will release more water from the St. Lawrence to accommodate ships arriving at the Port of Montreal. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Oberstar on Seaway Expansion

David Sommerstein talks with Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar (D)about possible expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes navigational system.  Go to full article

Army Corps Seaway Study Points Toward Expansion

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

EPA Rejects Ballast Permits

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

NYPA Relicensing Yet to Address Local Concerns

NYPA needs to submit its relicensing application to federal officials in October, but local interests still haven't offered their input. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Breaking the Ice on the St. Lawrence Seaway

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

NYPA Supports Excluding Lisbon From Power Project Boundaries

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

Corps to Study Navigation Improvements in Great Lakes

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

NYPA Speaks to Local Business Leaders

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

NYPA Relicensing, Part 3: The Future of Hydropower Relicensing

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

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