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N.Y. Power Authority Postpones Two-Day Closing Of Fishing Pier At Niagara Project

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Michael Saltzman
914-390-8181
michael.saltzman@nypa.gov

April 27, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that plans for the temporary closing on Wednesday and Thursday (April 27-28) of the Robert Moses Fishing Pier at NYPA’s Niagara Power Project were indefinitely postponed.  The fishing pier, or platform, remains open as usual and restrictions by the U.S. Coast Guard to boating in the Devil’s Hole area have been cancelled.

The Power Authority had planned a two-day closing of the fishing pier this week to make possible the removal of a cable car—long in disuse—and a 715-foot steel cable from which the conveyance is suspended over the lower Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston, Ont. 

The cableway removal was to be carried out by crews working simultaneously on the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Niagara River Gorge.  However, a rockslide on the Canadian side has prevented access to part of their work area. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has closed an access road to assess conditions.      

At one time, the cable car equipment had been used to monitor the water flow in the river.  Other means are now being used, making possible the removal of the cable, which is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environment Canada. Over the years, NYPA and OPG, which operates hydroelectric power plants in Niagara Falls, Ont., have shared maintenance responsibilities for the conveyance equipment, installed in 1973.

Removal of the cableway will be rescheduled for a future date as determined by the appropriate U.S. and Canadian government agencies in conjunction with the International Niagara Committee and International Niagara Board of Control, which collaborate on river water matters.  The future date will be selected to minimize impacts on boating and fishing in the lower Niagara River. 

The Niagara project fishing pier, at the base of the project’s Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant—its main generating facility—is known for superb fishing, including for trout, salmon and bass. The pier is open to the public during the fishing season, from dawn to dusk, and accessible to persons with disabilities.  It also features a fish-cleaning station and restrooms. 

Parking is available at the foot of the Power Authority Service Drive and by an access road at the top of the Niagara Gorge.

 

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■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.

 

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