Resolving Environmental Conflicts During Licensing—A Case History

by Daniel R. Lispi, New York Power Authority, New York, NY, USA,
John J. Suloway, New York Power Authority, New York, NY, USA,
Thomas R. Tatham, New York Power Authority, New York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


Vischer Ferry and Crescent Dams are located on the lower Mohawk River near Albany, NY. In September 1982, the Power Authority of the State of New York filed license applications with the FERC to expand the capacity of each existing hydroelectric station by 6 MW. Four major environmental issues emerged in addition to generic concerns which were addressed in the licensing process. Site-specific studies and on-going dialogue with agencies resolved three of the four issues to the satisfaction of all parties. Future recreational needs for the project area were assessed; the Power Authority agreed to fund facilities which will be constructed, operated and maintained by two neighboring communities. Two initial years of studies about outmigration of juvenile blueback herring have not fully resolved that agency concern.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Licensure and certification | Dispute resolution | Hydro power | Power plants | Dams | Recreational facilities | Ferries | New York | United States

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