Application Deadline Nears For St. Lawrence River Environmental Projects:New York Power Authority Issues Reminder of January 1, 2012 Deadline

Jill Chamberlain
315-764-0226, Ext. 300

November 21, 2011


MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today issued a reminder that the deadline of Jan. 1, 2012 is approaching for submitting new applications to the St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund (SLRREF).  Eligible projects would be for environmental research or educational programs related to the ecology of the St. Lawrence River Valley.

NYPA established SLRREF during the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in 2003 by providing the underlying funds of just over $1 million with the income from this amount to be used to fund the operation of SLRREF, including all expenses, grants and other disbursements. Applications for funding will be accepted from local or state education organizations, tribal education organizations, colleges or universities and not-for-profit groups.

In 2012, SLRREF expects to have approximately $37,000 available to allocate for funding.  In the past, SLRREF has made funding allocations ranging up to $20,000 per project.  Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from other sources for their project proposals.  Since its initial year, 2007, the SLRREF board approved 16 proposals totaling approximately $220,000.
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. 

The application, guidelines and additional details are available at www.nypa.gov/facilities/slrref/slrrefhome.htm.  A complete listing of all SLRREF activities funded to date is accessible at www.nypa.gov/facilities/slrref/SLRREFProjects.html.
Past recipients of funding from SLRREF include the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau, Save the River, the Research Foundation of SUNY (Potsdam), Friends of the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center, the St. Lawrence County Water Quality Coordination Committee, the Great Rivers Center at Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University.

Board members for SLRREF will evaluate proposals with the selections expected to be announced in March 2012.  Members of the board include representatives of NYPA, 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, Save the River and a representative rotating from among the local municipalities who serves a three-year term.

Questions about the grant application process should be directed to Maria L. Garcia Toirac, senior licensing specialist, NYPA, at Maria.Toirac@nypa.gov, 914-287-3445 or Jill Chamberlain, community relations specialist, NYPA, at Jill.Chamberlain@nypa.gov or 315-764-6841.

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 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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