Power Authority And State Parks To Host Public Meeting To Present Design For Little Beaver Island Habitat Improvement Project
July 28, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be joined by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to host a public meeting on August 4, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Beaver Island State Park Clubhouse on Grand Island to present the design for the Little Beaver Island Habitat Improvement Project. The planned work comes as a result of the federal license issued in 2007 for the Niagara Power Project.
The improvement project consists of the removal of fill material that was placed at a historic emergent river marsh, site grading to create wetland contours, planting of wetland botanical species and invasive species-control. The restoration of the wetland will create a new habitat, providing food and cover for wildlife and aquatic species.
As a part of a settlement agreement associated with the new federal license for the Niagara project, NYPA agreed to construct eight habitat improvement projects at a cost of more than $10 million, including the Little Beaver Island wetland restoration.
Planning and design for the project began in 2007 and was completed in 2010. Construction is scheduled to start in August 2010.
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