|St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund Announces Jan. 1 Application Deadline|
|June 10, 2013|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
MASSENA—The St. Lawrence River Research Education Fund (SLRREF) Board today announced that its next deadline for accepting grant proposals will be January 1, 2014. The Summer 2013 award cycle, originally scheduled with a July 1, 2013, application deadline, will be withdrawn because of limited available funding. Established as part of the 2003 relicensing of the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, located in Massena, N.Y., the fund provides financial support for environmental research and environmental education projects relating to the ecology of the St. Lawrence River watershed. The monetary awards are generated each year from the annual interest on the NYPA relicensing funds commitment to establish SLRREF. Each year the SLRREF may award funding for proposals at either, or both, the January and July deadlines, depending on available funds. Since SLRREF’s founding in 2007, 22 projects have been approved for nearly $291,200 in NYPA funding through SLRREF. With matching grants of more than $286,100 from others, total funding for the projects is approximately $577,300. The latest round of grants was awarded in March, with NYPA funding, through SLRREF, nearly $47,500 for projects submitted by Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, Save the River and the Oceanic Research Group. All SLRREF projects/grants available at: www.nypa.gov/facilities/slrref/SLRREFProjects.html. The SLRREF board consists of representatives of the Power Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Education Services, the St. Lawrence County Planning Office, the Northern New York Audubon Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local municipalities. An outreach campaign mailing concerning the SLRREF application process for the January 1 deadline will be launched this fall. To be eligible for financial support from SLRREF, proposed projects must pertain to the St. Lawrence River, the adjoining terrestrial features or a tributary within the St. Lawrence River Valley. SLRREF information is available at: http://www.nypa.gov/facilities/slrref/slrrefhome.htm. A report on SLRREF activities is also accessible. About NYPA: 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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.
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