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Hartgen has extensive experience with conducting cultural resource management services associated with power generating and transmission projects, including Phase IA literature reviews, Phase IB archeological field investigations, Phase II site evaluations, Phase III data retrievals, as well as construction monitoring. Hartgen's experience consists of hundreds of projects related to installation of linear utilities such as water, sewer, fiber optic, electric, and gas lines as well as associated facilities such as compressor stations, ground bed sites and transfer stations. Hartgen has also completed archeological investigations for projects under Article VII and Article X of the New York State Public Service Law.

NYPA Tri-Lakes Reliability Project, Towns of Colton and Piercefield, St. Lawrence County, New York. By participating in the Tri-Lakes Reliability Project, Hartgen successfully assisted the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) in meeting an aggressive schedule for constructing new electrical infrastructure in southeast St. Lawrence County. Within two weeks of receiving the contract, Hartgen mobilized a field crew of up to 10 archeologists. Throughout the course of five weeks of fieldwork, over 1,800 shovel tests were excavated to survey 17.5 miles of proposed power line right-of-way. During the final weeks of the fieldwork, a team worked in the office to produce the first of three reports, which was submitted to NYPA only three days after the completion of fieldwork.

Glens Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2385), City of Glens Falls, Warren County, New York.  Hartgen was retained by Finch, Pruyn & Company to assist in their efforts to re-license a hydroelectric project that helped to power its paper plant in Glens Falls, New York. Article 407 of the license stipulated that a Historic Properties Management Plan (HPMP) be devised for the project in consultation with SHPO in order to comply with Section 106 regulations. The hydroelectric project was situated in a historically significant area near Cooper's Cave along the Hudson River where numerous 19th-century industries thrived. The HPMP addressed the historic development of the area and hydroelectric project itself, as well as outlined the known historic properties within and adjacent to the project. The plan set forth a management strategy to protect and preserve the historic resources within the APE of the project and established a framework for further consulting with SHPO for the planned and anticipated improvements to the project.

Paragon Wind Energy Project, Towns of Hornsby and Orange, Steuben and Schuyler Counties, New York. Hartgen conducted a Phase IA literature review and archeological sensitivity assessment for the proposed Paragon Windpower Project in compliance with Section 14.09 of the State Historic preservation Act (SHPA). The investigation was completed following the New York State Historic Preservation Office Guidelines for Wind Farm Development Cultural Resources Survey Work developed in 2006. The area of potential effect for the project was subdivided into areas of historic sensitivity and environmental zones or habitats based on a review of historical maps, archeological sensitivity models and the results of a field visit and recommendations for additional archeological investigations were made.

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, SHPO Archeologist. Hartgen served as a liaison between the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation/State Historic Preservation Office and the Consulting Archeologist to assist in the federal and state review of the 60 mile Portland Natural Gas Transmission System Project which traverses the northeastern corner of Vermont.

Pownal Wastewater Treatment Facilities Planning Upgrade, Town of Pownal, Bennington County, Vermont. Hartgen completed a large Phase I reconnaissance survey and multiple Phase II site evaluations for a town-wide wastewater project. Close consultation between Hartgen and project planners allowed for good coordination of archeological studies with project goals.

Holyoke Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2004), City of Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Hartgen conducted a reconnaissance survey on behalf of the City of Holyoke Gas & Electric Department as part of its competing application for the relicensing of the Holyoke Hydroelectric Project. The site files maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the State Archeologist as well as the State and National Registers were examined. Research was conducted to develop precontact and historic contexts for the study area. A shoreline survey along the impoundment was conducted by boat to document areas of erosion, prior disturbance and archeological sensitivity. A summary of information obtained and a discussion of potential effects of the project on cultural resources was provided.