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March 28, 2013

Ecological-damage settlement




Laurie Marr, communications and public-affairs manager for Alcoa’s Massena Operations, said the company will make recreational improvements as part of the settlement. 

Alcoa will purchase about 465 acres of land that will become part of Coles Creek State Park and the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area, two popular fishing spots along the St. Lawrence.

The company is also building new fishing piers, boat ramps and parking areas in Massena, Madrid and Louisville, she said.

“This is a positive step to bring resolution to the natural-resource damages assessment process and is a win for the community,” Marr said in an email to the Press-Republican. 

“We appreciate the involvement and support of community leaders in achieving this resolution.”


Four trustees developed the proposed restoration plan, with representatives from the tribe, U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

They collected ideas and suggest the funds be used to: 

▶ Create an apprenticeship program to promote the Mohawk language and traditional teachings and support cultural institutions, existing youth outdoor-education programs and horticulture programs for medicine, healing and nutrition. ($8.4 million).

▶ Support ecological-restoration projects and enhancement of wetlands, stream banks, native grasslands, bird-nesting and -roosting habitat, fisheries and fish habitat and acquisition of unique habitat under threat of development. ($10 million).

▶ Develop and upgrade two boat launches on the Raquette River and build three new launches on the Grasse River to improve fishing and boating to rivers in the Massena area. ($2 million).

Informational meetings on the proposed plan are set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the St. Regis Mohawk Office for the Aging in Akwesasne and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Quality Inn in Massena.

Email Denise A.



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