On August 16, 2018, an all-day Exercise was held in Massena, N.Y. to deploy 300 feet of oil boom using two SLSDC workboats and was conducted to test the feasibility of protecting the Massena Intake.
The scenario was centered around a tank ship running hard aground at Richards Point, near LT 51 and leaking a hazardous product into the river. As part of the Exercise, a Unified Command Structure was established between the SLSDC, USCG and St. Regis Mohawk safety council to manage and oversee the emergency. The goal of the Exercise was to protect the Massena Intake while diverting the hazardous product to a collection point near Eisenhower lock.
Agencies in attendance were U.S. Coast Guard, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Marine Division, Akwesasne Mohawk Safety Council, NYPA, Customs and Border Patrol, Massena Coast Guard Attachment and members from Sector Buffalo and District 9 from Cleveland, OH.