Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Administrative Record
In 2013, the federal government, the State of New York and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe have announced a $20.1 million settlement with Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company for injuries to natural resources, recreational fishing, and Mohawk culture due to the release of hazardous substances into the St. Lawrence River environment. This Administrative Record contains all documents related to laws and regulations, judicial actions, Trustee management, financial agreements, public outreach, and final reports as a result of the NRDA settlement. Contact Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Approximately $8.4 million from the 2013 Alcoa/Reynolds settlement will support traditional Mohawk cultural practices including the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program which is a Master/Apprenticeship program that teaches Mohawk language and traditional teachings and Institutional Funding Grants that support other Akwesasne-based organizations that teach language and cultural activities.
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More than $10 million from the GM and Alcoa/Reynolds settlements will be spent on a variety of ecological restoration projects, including restoration and/or enhancement of wetlands, streambanks, native grasslands, bird nesting and roosting habitat, fisheries and fish habitat and acquisition of unique habitat under threat of development.
Nearly $2 million will be spent by Alcoa/Reynolds to develop and upgrade two boat launches on the Raquette River and construct three new launches on the Grasse River to improve fishing and boating access to rivers in the Massena area.