Newton Falls : P-7000

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  • P-7000
  • E Br Oswegatchie R
  • East
  • NY
  • 2.22 MW


  • Download License
  • 08-13-2003
  • 01-31-2044


Newton Falls is located on the Oswegatchie River in the town of Clifton,St. Lawrence County, New York. The project generates approximately 9,500 MWh of electricity annually.

The existing Newton Falls Project consists of two developments:

The Upper Development operates in a storage-and-release peaking mode and consists of a 600-foot-long, 40-foot-high, concrete dam; a 650-acre reservoir; a 1,200-foot-long by passed reach, a 1,200-foot-long penstock; a 375-foot-long2.3-kilovolt (kV) transmission line; and a powerhouse containing 3 turbine/generatorunits with a total rated capacity of 1.54 MW.

The Lower Development operates in a run-of-river mode and consists of a 350-foot-long, 25-foot-high concrete dam; a 9-acre reservoir; a 300-foot by passed reach; a 2,200-foot-long, 2.3-kV transmission line; and a powerhouse containing 1 turbine/generator unit with a rated capacity of 680 kilowatt(kW).


Settlement Filed 07-16-2002
EA Issued 05-27-2003
License Order Issued and Settlment Approved 08-13-2003
License Application Filed 01-30-2002


The Settlement incorporates agreements reached among the parties to the Settlement (Parties) with regard to the Upper and Lower Developments. The stated goalof the Settlement is to provide for the continued operation of the developments withappropriate long-term environmental and recreational protection and mitigation measures. The Parties provide in the Settlement recommended terms and conditions for theresolution of operational, fisheries, wildlife, water quality, and recreational issuesapplicable to the issuance of a new license and a water quality certificate (WQC) for the Newton Falls Hydroelectric Project.

Signatories of the Settlement are: Newton Falls Holdings (the licensee), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), NYSDEC, Adirondack Park Agency, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, American Rivers, NYRU, and the New York State Conservation Council.