Buffalo, New York--The Springville Dam Ecosystem Restoration project team will host a media event and site walk to highlight the signing of the Project Partnership Agreement Monday, August 14 at 1pm, at the Springville Dam located at 11024 Scoby Rd, Springville, NY 14141.
The formal agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Erie County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows the project to move forward with design and eventually construction.
Speakers for the event include:
Michael Kracker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Chris Collins, U.S. Congressmen NY-27
Alison Hunt, Representative for Tom Reed, U.S. Congressmen NY-23
Abby Snyder, DEC Region 9 Director
Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive
LTC Adam Czekanski, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander
Agenda for the event will be:
"As an Eagle Scout who understands the importance of protecting our wildlife, I am honored to support the Springville Dam, and am humbled to see bipartisan support behind it. I look forward to not only seeing several species of trout, steelhead, and other fish thrive, but also increased access for a variety of fishermen. When we invest our time and effort into ecosystem restoration, the results will pay dividends," said Congressman Collins.
"Signing the Project Partnership Agreement is an important step forward for the Springville Dam project. The restoration will be a benefit to the region and enhance our ecosystem by streamlining the connection from Cattaraugus Creek to Lake Erie. I am pleased to see different levels of government work together to begin to make this project a reality," said Congressmen Reed.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to be part of the partnership with Erie County and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that will ultimately deliver a project providing great ecological benefit to the region. The Springville Dam project protects and ensures the long term sustainability of a vital ecosystem within the Cattaraugus Creek watershed, and I would like to thank Congressmen Collins and Reed for their continued support on this project,” said Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski, USACE Buffalo District Commander.
“By restoring connectivity to more than 500 miles of stream in the Cattaraugus Creek watershed, this project will give fish in the lower watershed and Lake Erie access to prime upstream spawning habitat for the first time since the dam was constructed nearly 100 years ago. DEC is pleased to be a partner in this ecologically beneficial project that will bolster fishing opportunities at the many public fishing access points throughout the upper watershed and could help to make it one of the most important fisheries east of the Mississippi,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
"Any type of significant effort made to restore our ecosystem is something that should be applauded. Erie County is thrilled to be a partner in helping the Springville Dam project become a reality. Doing what we can to help protect wildlife is noble and I thank all those involved for putting partisan politics aside to achieve our shared goal of ecosystem restoration," said Poloncarz.
The purpose of the Springville Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project is to restore ecological connectivity of the upper Cattaraugus Creek watershed to the downstream areas of the creek and Lake Erie. The preferred plan lowers the dam spillway to maintain a sea lamprey (invasive species) barrier. On the power house side of the spillway a fish ramp with trap and sort capability will be built.