Hogansburg Dam Removal
In 2016 the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT), as project co-licensee (FERC ID No. P-7518), decommissioned and removed the 87 year old Hogansburg Hydroelectric Dam—the first impassible barrier to fish on the St. Regis River in northern New York. Removal of the Hogansburg Dam reconnects up to 555 river and stream miles of habitat for migratory fish including walleye, lake sturgeon, muskellunge, salmon and American eel. The dam removal minimized impacts to the environment with careful planning, gradual impoundment drawdowns, organism relocation and robust work area containment.
The dam was located at the heart of the Tribe’s longstanding and ongoing land claim. Project lands have returned to the ownership the Mohawk community after 200 years. This project was the result of six years of pre-removal study, planning and negotiation. Project lands have been converted in public access for community members to enjoy the naturally flowing river.
SRMT is credited with the first hydroelectric dam decommission and removal in New York and is the first Tribe to remove a federally licensed dam. Success was made possible with broad support from state and federal stakeholders and serves as a possible model for future dam removal projects involving tribes and First Nations.
Hogansburg Dam Removal Project Decommission Filings - CLICK HERE
Click on Docket Search and use the Docket Number P-7518-018