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Niagara Power Project, FERC Licensing and Compliance

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Gomez and Sullivan was an integral team member for managing the relicensing of the Niagara Power Project, the largest non-federal hydroelectric project in the U.S. Services included strategic assistance to senior New York Power Authority (NYPA) staff relative to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as providing oversight and assessment of studies pertaining to aquatic resources.

This work involved the management and/or execution of fisheries studies, habitat improvement projects, the assessment of the ecological condition of three watersheds, and the effects of water level fluctuations on aquatic and terrestrial habitat, water temperature, water quality, erosion and sedimentation. Our team worked with NYPA staff to negotiate a comprehensive settlement agreement for the project, and we are now the lead consultant for implementing the new FERC operating license.

Our responsibilities in this capacity include the design and construction of three Recreation Enhancement Projects (REPs) and 7 Habitat Improvement Projects (HIPs). The three REPs include improvements and renovations to existing recreational facilities as well as the construction of a new parking lot and trail to provide access to the project’s reservoir. The HIPs involve wetland restoration and enhancements, osprey nesting poles, creation of common tern nesting habitat, fish attraction structures, invasive species control, and shoreline stabilization.