Slide 1.

Niagara Power Project Relicensing:

Ecological Standing Committee Meeting (February 15, 2008)

Slide 2.

Agenda

Slide 3.

Update on Feasibility Study for Protecting and Restoring Native Plants in the Vicinity of the Niagara Gorge

Slide 4.

Prototype Fish Attraction Structures Shallow Water and Deep Water

Approach

Slide 5.

Shallow Water Fish Attraction Structures

Slide 6.

Potential Location for Prototype Shallow Water Fish Attraction Structures

Slide 7 & Slide 8.

Deep Water Fish Attraction Structure

Slide 9.

Fish Attraction Structures -2008

Task

Time Frame

Preliminary Design (50%)

Q4, 2007 –Q1, 2008

ESC Review of Preliminary Design

February, 2008

Permitting

March –August, 2008

Final Design

March –May, 2008

Bid for Construction and Award

June –August, 2008

Update ESC

Q3

Construction

Q4, 2008

Update ESC

Q4 or Q1, 2009

Slide 10.

Area Upstream of Motor Island -1938

Slide 11.

Niagara Power Project Conceptual Design of Wetland with Open Water Upstream End of Niagara River, NY

Slide 12.

Preliminary Model Results

Slide 13.

Tern Nesting in Wetland Creation Area

Slide 14

Wetland Creation Area -2008

Task

Time Frame

Conceptual Design (Footprint, Material Evaluations)

Q1 –Q3

Hydraulic Modeling (Ice, Wind Elevations)

Q2 –Q4

Pre-application Permit Consultation 

Q2 –Q4

Constructability Review

Q3

Update ESC 

Q3

Cost Opinion

Q4

Update ESC

Q4

ESC Conceptual Design (10%) Review

Q1, 2009

Slide 15

Status of Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) on the Niagara Frontier

Slide 16

Number of Tern Nests on the Niagara Frontier

Slide 17

Niagara Tern Nests (N=1525): Harbor breakwalls(81%), water intakes (12%), cribs (7%)

Slide 18 & Slide 19

Buffalo Harbor Breakwalls(2004-2007)

Gravel nesting boxes, fenced enclosures, chick shelters

Slide 20

Water Intakes (2007)

Slide 21

Enhancements Work

BUT, current methods are very labor intensive and temporary

Results

Productivity (chicks/nest)

No enhancements

0.5

Fenced enclosures

1.0 –1.3

Enclosures + gravel

1.3 –3.0

Slide 22

Common Tern HIP: Design and Build Permanent Habitat Improvements

What

Where

Other Methods or Locations?

Slide 23

Common Tern HIP: Challenges

Slide 24

Tern HIP: Conceptual Design #1

Steel nesting boxes filled with gravel, high sides, and shelters

Slide 25

Tern HIP: Conceptual Design # 2

Nesting barge filled with gravel, fenced, with shelters

Slide 26

Tern HIP: Conceptual Design #3

Breakwall end cells–steel perimeter fence, filled with gravel, and shelters

Slide 27

Common Tern -2008

Task

Time Frame

ESC Pre-conceptual Design Review

February, 2008

Army Corp Consultation

Q1 –Q2

Conceptual Design (10%) –Option Dependent

Q2 –Q4

Army Corp Consultation -Conceptual Design

Q3

ESC Conceptual Design (10%) Review

Q3

Preliminary Design

Q4 into 2009

Slide 28

Invasive Species -2008

Slide 29

Invasive Species Schedule -2008

Task

Time Frame

Baseline Survey  -Buckhorn and Tifft

Q1 –Q3

Update ESC

Q3

Draft Action Plan

Q3

ESC Review Action Plan

Q4

Finalize Action Plan

2009

Slide 30

Osprey

Slide 31

Osprey -2008

Task

Time Frame

Platform Engineering

Completed

Confirm Site Selection

March – April, 2008

Update ESC 

Q2

Site Specific Geotechnical Design

May – June, 2008

Archeological Investigations

May – June, 2008

Bid for Construction and Award

June – July, 2008

Construction

Q3, 2008

Update ESC

Q4

Slide 32

HIPS Capital Cost Expenditure Report for 2007

HIPs

Estimated Capital Cost

Spent To Date (12/31/2007)

Beaver Island Wetland Restoration

$2,700,000

$77,024

Strawberry Island Wetland Restoration

$2,300,000

$28,812

Area Upstream of Motor Island

$4,200,000

$144,839

Motor Island Shoreline Protection

$1,900,000

$86,121

Invasive Species-Buckhorn and Tifft Marsh

$350,000

$7,209

Osprey Nesting Platforms

$70,000

$18,434

Common Tern Nesting

$560,000

$19,600

Fish Attraction Structures

$310,000

$13,685

Total HIPs

$12,390,000

$395,700

Slide 33

Review Action Items