Colby Bowman feeds an algae solution to native juvenile mussels at an Akwesasne lab for stocking in the Grasse River near Massena in 2020. Malone Telegram MASSENA — An inaugural state stewardship award has recognized a north country partnership protecting the Grasse River as remediation from the shoreline’s industrial history continues.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this month announced the first round of its Stewardship Appreciation Award recipients for contributing to the “stewardship, promotion and maintenance of state lands, waters and DEC facilities” in 2020.
Mussel conservation related to decades of Grasse River remediation has been headed by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the New York State Museum, with DEC support, since 2017.
“The lower Grasse River is part of the Mohawk Indian Meadows, and projects like this demonstrate how meaningful state and tribal partnerships with shared goals and restorative visions can protect the environment resources valued by all,” said Jessica L. Jock, remediation and restoration program manager for the tribe’s Environment Division.
Environmental remediation work spanning decades on the Grasse River resumed for the summer season this month , with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency setting up in-river work for the Superfund site. The site is a collection of properties owned and maintained by the former Aluminum Company of America, Alcoa, which changed its name to Arconic in 2016, and split last year into Howmet Aerospace Inc. and a subsidiary, Arconic Corporation.
Howmet Aerospace is now responsible for implementing several plans developed by the EPA, DEC and St. Regis Mohawk […]