|NYPA Offers Free Environmental Program at Mine Kill State Park, July 25|
|July 19, 2012|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa (B-G) Visitors Center, in partnership with Mine Kill State Park, is hosting a summer environmental program inside the pool complex at Mine Kill State Park on Wednesday, July 25, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The admission-free, family-friendly event will teach participants how to identify trees and plants to discern which are edible and/or medicinal. Pack swimsuits and enjoy a swim at the park pool to make the most of the day. The event will begin with a wagon ride from the B-G Visitors Center’s parking lot to the Mine Kill State Park Pool Complex. The wagon ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m. On the way home, visit the admission-free B-G Visitors Center attractions, which include hands-on exhibits for people of all ages and abilities. Learn how the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity by recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation. New exhibits, which just debuted earlier this year, on solar and wind power highlight NYPA’s focus on renewable energy. The B-G Visitors Center, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, please call 800-725-0903 or visit: www.nypa.gov.
■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information, www.nypa.gov
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