Power Authority Selects Watertown Firm to Manage St. Lawrence-FDR Improvements

Michael Saltzman

March 30, 2004


ALBANY—New York Power Authority trustees, meeting here Tuesday, selected Bernier Carr and Associates PC of Watertown to perform construction management services for recreation and environmental improvements that are part of NYPA’s new federal license for the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena.

 “We are committed to an ambitious and wide-ranging series of improvements in the North Country,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority. “That is why I am delighted that we have a first-rate firm, thoroughly familiar with the area, to oversee the work that goes into those improvements.”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the new 50-year license for the project on Oct. 23, 2003 and Power Authority trustees accepted it a month later. In December 2003, the trustees authorized spending $169 million to comply with the new license provisions. This included the costs of construction management.

Under the new license, the Power Authority is required to build new and rehabilitate existing recreational facilities as well as construct habitat improvement projects. This includes a substantial rehabilitation of the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area.  The Power Authority has proposed that the work begin this year and conclude by 2009. The contract with Bernier Carr will run through 2007 with options for extensions through 2009.