The Champlain Hudson Power Express route has been carefully designed to minimize its impact on the environment. Burying the line keeps it out of sight and also protects it from extreme weather.
The project will utilize waterways, existing roads and railroad rights of way to remain out of sight. It will also be avoiding environmentally sensitive areas near the former GE Hudson River plant and the protected sturgeon habitat in Haverstraw Bay.
Two five-inch-diameter cables will be placed underwater or underground and run 339 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border, south through Lake Champlain, along and under the Hudson River, and eventually ending at a converter station that will be built in Astoria, Queens.