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History of the St. Lawrence Seaway Power Project

David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County historian Trent Trulock about the project.  Go to full article

NYPA Relicensing, Part 1: The Lay of the Land and Water

In 1954, over 6,000 workers and their families came to Massena from all over the country to work on the St. Lawrence. Their boss was New York's "Master Builder" Robert Moses. His goal was to harness the force of one of North America's greatest rivers, a main artery carrying the largest store of fresh water in the world to the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50 year operation license expires in 2003. In the intervening years since it went on-line, our values regarding public and private lands, the environment, and historical preservation have changed dramatically. The New York Power Authority faces challenges in getting a new license that Robert Moses would likely have considered trivial. Over the next three days, we'll look at the Power Authority's relicensing struggles. Today, David Sommerstein takes a trip deep into the inner workings of the Robert Moses Power Dam itself to see how it all works... and how it changed the river valley forever.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Relicensing Task Force Prepares an Endgame Strategy

The task force representing St. Lawrence County and its communities in the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project began preparing its endgame strategy for negotiations with the New York Power Authority. After taking criticism for keeping talks behind closed doors in the past, the task force held a public meeting in Waddington last night. As David Sommerstein reports, as the deadline approaches, the group may be opening its tent to more interests to improve its bargaining position.  Go to full article

Relicensing Task Force Rejects NYPA Draft Application

Since 1996, a task force representing communities along the St. Lawrence River has been negotiating a joint settlement as a part of the New York Power Authority's new license for its huge power dam near Massena. Yesterday the task force lashed out against a draft proposal released in January. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Hollis Family

The Hollis family lives along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Red Mills, New York. Along with a generations-old passion for fishing and hunting, the family is known for their popular handbuilt wooden "Hollis punts" and for superbly carved duck decoys.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Jim Brabant, 1000 Islands Fishing Guide

Jim Brabant of Clayton is a fifth generation river man and a quintessential 1000 Islands fishing guide. In his teenage years he would hang out with the old guides in the same boathouse where he keeps his boat on French Creek Bay today. Hear him talk about stalking the king of St. Lawrence River Muskies.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the French Jesuit mission established there in the 1750s. The church choir there preserves a unique tradition of Christian music sung in the Mohawk language, and acts as a bridge between two often discordant cultural traditions.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Bill Massey, Decoy Carver, Waddington

Bill Massey was one of the last of the traditional St. Lawrence River guides and decoy makers. For more than 70 years, Massey carved countless decoys, both for hunting and for prized decorations. He used no photographs as models; instead he relied on his vast knowledge of St. Lawrence River birds, gained through first-hand contact.  Go to full article

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