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Buffalo
– NYPA was on hand celebrating the beauty of the Buffalo Niagara Region at the Great Lakes Experience Festival on Saturday, July 28. The Festival at Canalside (Central Warf, downtown Buffalo) featured live animal exhibits, educational games and displays, music and family entertainment, environmental exhibitors, educational re-enactors and story tellers, an environmental film festival, a green businesses expo, food vendors, and lots of information about habitat, ecology, science, recreation and tourism.

2Ceremonial "throwing of the switch"
Buffalo
– With a ceremonial ‘throwing of the switch,’ the NYPA-funded Solar Strand officially powered up at the University of Buffalo on April 24. The 3,200-panel photovoltaic array, designed by landscape architect Walter Hood, will cut energy costs by providing enough electricity to power hundreds of student apartments on campus. Nearly 40 New York State-based companies, employing hundreds of local residents, contributed to the successful realization of the power-generating UB Solar Strand. The Solar Strand is as much a work of art as it is a sustainability project, and it will serve as a natural classroom for University of Buffalo students and for visiting students alike. More…

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Lewiston – Route 104: The second phase of the three phase roadway expansion-joint replacement project along Lewiston Road/Route 104 is nearing completion. The first phase of the million-dollar, multiyear project was completed in November 2011, with work done on the southbound section of the Robert Moses Parkway. More...

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Work to begin on transformers at Lewiston Pump-Generating PlantLewiston Pump-Generating Plant Progress: The replacement of the generator step up (GSU) transformers, transformer transfer cart and containment system work is underway. The pump-turbine field work will begin in December 2012 and will be completed in December 2020 based on working on one unit at a time. Area firms that have been awarded contracts to work on the life extension project include Eaton Corporation of Leroy and Ferguson Electric of Buffalo. Background...

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Upper Mountain Radio Tower: Niagara County wants to use NYPA property just east of our new fishing access parking lot on Moyer Road in the Town of Lewiston (Upper Mountain Fire Company) for the construction of one of its towers to modernize the 911 system. The proposed tower is 180' self-supporting lattice-tower structure surrounded by a fenced compound approximately 40' x 60'. Additional equipment includes a 12' x 16' equipment shelter and a 25 kW diesel generator. A gravel driveway approximately 20' in length would be constructed from the east end of the parking lot to service the structure. The property is also encumbered by an easement to National Grid, and its permission would be necessary. All applicable Town zoning ordinances would be followed. The tower would not be used for any commercial purposes.

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Reservoir Park: Parts of the park will be ready for this year. Softball fields will be ready. The soccer fields will not likely be ready until late this year or next year because the grass needs to grow sufficiently before it can be played on. Background...

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Common tern chicksBuffalo – Common Terns, a threatened species in New York, are seen nesting on NYPA-provided platforms in the Buffalo Harbor. Improvement of the nesting habitat in the harbor and upper Niagara River was undertaken as part of Niagara Power Project relicensing agreements. A survey has revealed that record numbers of common tern nests and chicks were achieved in 2011, the highest numbers ever in the 25 years of recorded common tern nesting activity in Buffalo Harbor. The habitat improvement project was recognized last year by the National Hydropower Association, which honored NYPA with its 2010 Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters Award. (Click on photo for larger image.)

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