NYPA Trustees Approve Contract
Award to Potsdam Company for Dike Improvements at Wilson Hill
Wildlife Management Area
July 31, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Board of Trustees Tuesday approved a $7.45 million contract with a
Potsdam firm for improvements to the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management
Area (WHWMA), with the work expected to begin by late summer.
J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corp. will refurbish the
existing dikes and water control structures at Wilson Hill under the
new contract, which also calls for construction of a new dike with a
water control structure and an emergency access roadway.
“Improving the water control structures will help
enhance the natural habitat for nesting waterfowl and other animals
in the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area,” NYPA Chairman Frank S.
McCullough, Jr. said. “The improvements are part of the Power
Authority’s continued efforts to add to the environmental and
recreational facilities within the host communities of the St.
Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Project, as provided for under our
wide-ranging license commitments.”
The WHWMA, located along the St. Lawrence River, in
the Town of Louisville, was created in the 1950s during St.
Lawrence-FDR’s construction. The 3,300-acre refuge area is inhabited
by nesting and migrating waterfowl, including dabbling ducks, diving
ducks, and geese. In addition, wading birds, shore birds, song
birds, and raptors (bald eagles and osprey) can be found in the
area. Deer, turkey, cottontail rabbit, ringed-neck pheasant, beaver,
muskrat, mink and otter also use the area as a sanctuary.
During St. Lawrence-FDR’s relicensing, the New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation, which manages the
publicly-owned WHWMA, identified problems for controlling and
achieving certain water levels within the wildlife area.
The contract with J.E. Sheehan covers most of the
improvements. They include the new paved access road, from the
mainland to the western end of Wilson Hill Island, for emergency
Additional improvements to another WHWMA dike and
installation of new recreational facilities will be accomplished
under separate contracts, still to be awarded for the area. The term
of the contract with J.E. Sheehan is through 2009.
The Potsdam company has considerable experience
working with the Power Authority on other initiatives related to the
St. Lawrence-FDR project’s relicensing. The Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission issued a new 50-year license for the project’s
continued operation in October 2003, following agreement between
NYPA and a series of stakeholders that included Northern New York
communities, state and federal resource agencies and environmental
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