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The last month or so has been good for Ogdensburg. Just before Christmas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that rather than shutting down many of the services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center there, the state would become a “Center for...
The Environmental Protection Agency has made official what we reported earlier this morning. The agency released a final plan for cleaning up PCB-contaminated sediment Alcoa released into the Grasse River until the chemical was banned in the 1970s....
Our friends Peter and Carol, who are sailing a loop from Albany, through the NYS canal system, into Lake Ontario, then on to the St. Lawrence River, the Bay of St. Lawrence and back around to their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, put in at the public...
It seems like this summer’s fishing boundary dispute failed to garner widespread attention on the Canadian side of the border for quite some time. (Outside of fishing circles, anyway.) But today’s Ottawa Citizen has prominent coverage of...
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,...
News stories tagged with "st-lawrence-river"
Jul 27, 2001 — The head of the agency that runs the St. Lawrence Seaway says changes will have to be made to keep the Seaway safe and competitive. They could include rebuilding the locks and dredging deeper channels. But the agency has no plans for year-round navigation. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jul 27, 2001 — David Sommerstein talks more with Albert Jacquez about future plans for the St. Lawrence Seaway. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2001 — St. Lawrence River environmentalists are gearing up to oppose changes to the Seaway that could include deeper channels and year-round shipping. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jun 08, 2001 — Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled New York State cannot dismiss the St. Regis Mohawks' land claim to 15,000 acres of land along the St. Lawrence River. David Sommerstein reports the decision is good news for the Mohawks' 20-year old lawsuit, but it raises the thorny issue of how many governments govern in Akwewsasne. Go to full article
May 24, 2001 — Governor Pataki was in Louisville, in St. Lawrence County yesterday to announce that the New York Power Authority will transfer 800 acres of land is owns back to local governments. David Sommerstein reports. 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