Green Mountain Power Installs Fishing Pier in St. Johnsbury Park
17 September 2015
COLCHESTER, VT… As a way to give back to the community for its use of the Passumpsic River to generate electricity, Green Mountain Power has installed an ADA-compliant fishing pier in Fred Mold Park, off Concord Avenue in St. Johnsbury.
“We are grateful to be able to use the waters of the Passumpsic River to generate local, renewable, low cost hydropower for our customers,” said Dorothy Schnure, spokesperson for Green Mountain Power. “In return, we are building the pier to enhance recreational opportunities to help local residents enjoy the river.”
Green Mountain Power operates five hydroelectric stations on the Passumpsic River that produce clean, renewable hydropower. The 350 kilowatt Arnold Falls Hydro Station, built in 1928, is just upstream from the park and operates nearly 24-7, generating enough electricity for about 200 homes. The Arnold Falls Station, together with the nearby Passumpsic and Pierce Mills hydroelectric stations, meets the definition of a historic district because they are united historically by design and by physical development. Each station is compact, contains a single generating unit, has brick exterior walls, flat roof and large, round-arched wall openings, typical of utility designs in the early 1900s.
“The Fred Mold Park is in a beautiful spot looking down the Passumpsic River,” said Schnure. “The fishing is great and we are so pleased that we are making the fishing more accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.”
Fairbanks Mill of St. Johnsbury constructed the pier. When construction is complete, St. Johnsbury will take ownership of the pier and do routine maintenance, while GMP will conduct annual inspections.
About Green Mountain Power?Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.
Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power, 802-655-8418