St. Lawrence - FDR Power Project


To appreciate the Herculean efforts of the engineers who in 1958 harnessed North America's longest west-to-east waterway to produce electricity, take a trip to the St. Lawrence - Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project. Its centerpiece is the Robert Moses - Robert H. Saunders Power Dam, stretching 3,200 feet - 10 football fields - from the U.S. side of the river to the Canadian side. The dam has 32 turbine-generators, 16 of which are operated by the New York Power Authority and 16 by Ontario Power Generation. The Visitors Center offers a film about the construction and operation of the dam, as well as dozens of fun exhibits about electricity.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Electrical
Topic(s):Electricity
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The St. Lawrence River carries the outflow of all 5 of the Great Lakes - the world's largest source of fresh water - to the Atlantic Ocean. With an average flow per second of about 250,000 cubic feet (more than 1.8 million gallons), the river is a major energy source.